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NW1 Writer/Producer Fredro Sees Another #1 Song

This week marked the release of seventeen-year-old K-Pop sensation Jimin Park's heart wrenching song "Hopeless Love" (JYP Entertainment), which broke out at #1 on both the Genie and Olleh charts, and in the top ten on the Melon chart.

Formerly a member of the duo 15&, this is Jimin Park's first solo release. Park premiered "Hopeless Love" on April 5th on Comeback Stage @ SBS KPOP STAR 4, the South Korean TV competition.

This marks yet another success for NW1 writer/producer Fredrik "Fredro" Ödesjö. This success comes only a few short weeks after Kumi Koda's album release, Walk Of My Life, which featured three tracks that he co-wrote.

The emotional video for "Hopeless Love" depicts the heartbreak of an unrequited love. With only two days online, the video has already garnered over 340,000 views.

Watch it here: 

Watch Boy & Bear's The Wild Honey Pie Buzzsession

 

Australia's Boy & Bear recorded two songs for The Wild Honey Pie's Buzzsession series when they were in NYC last year. Watch them below or read the full article here

Old Town Blues:

Good Old War Announce New Album 'Broken Into Better Shape' June 30

Good Old War is excited to announce details of their new full-length studio album – Broken Into Better Shape. Due out June 30th via Nettwerk, the album was recorded in Nashville with the help of Grammy Award winning producer Jason Lehning (Alison Krause & Union Station, Mat Kearney, Dolly Parton) and mixed by another Grammy winner, engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Houndmouth, Elle King). In addition, the band unveiled the first single “Tell Me What You Want From Me” via an exclusive premiere yesterday with The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy Blog who describes the song as, “... a catchy, upbeat tune with a clickety-clack rhythm and a chorus that soars upward on layers of wordless vocals as Goodwin delivers the refrain.” The single is available today via all DSPs, click here to buy.

Broken Into Better Shape is the fourth full-length release for Good Old War and the first that finds the group working with outside songwriters. The trio originally started working on the new album after wrapping months of touring in support of 2012’s Come Back As Rain. During this initial phase, drummer Tim Arnold decided to leave the band to join his fiancé in Atlanta who was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Keith Goodwin and Dan Schwartz found themselves with half an album and decided to take the opportunity to experiment working with outside writers and producers. They spent a little time in NYC working with Emile Haynie (fun., Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum) which resulted in the album’s soaring “Fly Away” and for the hook laden lead single, “Tell Me What You Want From Me,” they found themselves in LA writing with Zimbabwe-born urban producer T-Collar. In the fall of 2014, the duo headed to Nashville to begin working with Lehning, where they were able to round out the songs with the help of Lehning and a terrific group of musicians and writers that he assembled.

In Case You Missed It: Scars On 45 On VH1 Big Morning Buzz

In case you missed it, Scars On 45 appeared on VH1 Big Morning Buzz yesterday to perform new single "Tasted Every Tear" from latest album Safety In Numbers. Watch the performance above and the interview below.

Christina Perri & Colbie Caillat Unite For "The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour" - Summer Co-Headline Tour

Atlantic Records’ Christina Perri has announced plans for a major summer tour. “The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour” sees the acclaimed singer/songwriter co-headlining alongside Colbie Caillat, with dates getting underway Friday, July 10th at Uncasville, CT’s Mohegan Sun Arena and then traveling through late August (see attached itinerary). Support throughout comes from Rachel Platten. VIP presale ticketing begins Wednesday, April 8th; all remaining tickets will then be released general public starting on Friday, April 10th. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.christinaperri.com/tour.

Perri will follow “The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour” by joining up with Atlantic labelmate Ed Sheeran’s upcoming North American headline tour. The dates – promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG) – kick off September 3rd at Houston, Texas’ BBVA Compass Stadium and then continue through September 23rd.

Christina Perri has spent much of the past year on the road celebrating the release of her acclaimed second album “HEAD OR HEART.” In addition to high profile TV appearances, festival performances, and treks with OneRepublic and Demi Lovato, Perri recently returned from her biggest worldwide headline tour to date, with sold out shows in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Rockin' Robin & The Magical Tree Share "Firetruck Firetruck" Video

Canadian family entertainment recording artist Rockin’ Robin & the Magical Tree share a new live video for the single “Firetruck Firetruck,” which is off their upcoming debut album Let’s Go available on May 19, 2015.

Created by music industry veteran John Donnelly, Rockin’ Robin & the Magical Tree is a highly energetic musical production starring Robin Redcoat, who leads a cast of hilarious singing birds who include: Little Red, Dorothy Dodo Bird, Bazza B., Marty Macaw and Skinny & Dippy The Blackbird Brothers. Designed to engage families and children from ages 3 to 7 in a fun one-of-a-kind participatory musical experience, the songs communicate a refreshingly positive message that can be enjoyed anywhere, especially on the live front via Rockin Robin’s theatrical production set in front of a magical old tree.

New Signing: Hermitude


 (Photo Credit: That’s Rich Media)

"While varied, their sound is never left floundering in the realms of mish-mash obscurity, instead finding a sense of direction balanced between indoor and dancefloor," - i-D Magazine

"With a combination of hip hop swagger and explosive bass music aesthetics, Australian duo Hermitude has become a force to be reckoned with" - DJ Times

"Their latest original, “Through the Roof” featuring Young Tapz, is simply jaw-dropping"
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Dancing Astronaut

Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of Hermitude, the award-winning duo based in Sydney, Australia. In 2015, expect the duo to release Dark Night Sweet Light (via Nettwerk Records), the long awaited follow-up to HyperParadise, a beautifully inventive record of future beats and electronica. Their meticulous production, musicianship and passion for instrumental music demands attention.

Multi-instrumentalists, Luke Dubber (aka Luke Dubs) and Angus Stuart (aka El Gusto), have collaborated since they were 16 and 11, respectively. With the Platinum-selling HyperParadise, the band won Australia’s Music Prize, modeled after Britain’s Mercury Music Prize and Canada’s Polaris Prize, whose single goal is to identify and reward the most outstanding creative Australian album of the year. Hermitude beat a shortlist of talented artists, including Tame Impala, The Presets and friend/collaborator, electronic producer and instrumentalist Flume. The Flume remix of title track, “HyperParadise” has nearly 8 million Soundcloud streams and topped Hype Machine’s “Most Popular” at #1.

Listen To “HyperParadise (Flume Remix)”:

Boxed In Debut Album Out Today (Listen) + SXSW Praise

Listen On Spotify Here: http://spoti.fi/1Fe0576
(Soundcloud Here:
http://bit.ly/1OVb0Ix)

 SXSW Praise:

“SXSW New Favorite Band Alert” - KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

“Newbies Who Impressed: Boxed In, essentially a vehicle for songwriter-producer-keyboardist Oli Bayston. The songs ranged from crushed ballads to bullet-train rockers with lead bass lines.” - Chicago Tribune

“U.K. rock–groove to enhance those late nights or early mornings in Austin.”
- Hitfix’s “SXSW 2015: Artists To Watch”

Praise From The UK:

“The debut album from Boxed In will enhance your life…Oli Bayston is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds.” - NME

“…a beauty, capturing Bayston’s housed-up, lo-fi appeal, which involves locked-in, Hot Chip recalling grooves, world-weary, Bernard Summer-like vocals and simple-as-pie melodies that worm their way into your soul and claim squatters rights. Stunning.”
- Sunday Times “Debut Of The Week”

"Boxed In…hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again.”
- The Line of Best Fit

“Bayston is a master craftsman. Boxed In is only the beginning.”
- TheFourOhFive.com

Official Video For “Mystery”:

“The song opens with a live drum loop before grand piano chords take the reins; Bayston also adds sparse bass guitar hits and atmospheric sweeps which swell and recede. The instrumentation is rich and the visuals are equally so.”
- Stereogum (Exclusive Video Premiere)

William Fitzsimmons To Release Mini-Album (May 12); North American Tour With Denison Witmer Begins On Release Day

On May 12, William Fitzsimmons will release a mini-album titled Pittsburgh, a collection of seven songs about the city where he was born and raised. Fitzsimmons credits the gift of music to his mother, and consequently his grandmother. In October 2014, his grandmother passed away and during the three days spent putting her to rest, Pittsburgh was formed. The seven songs are in memoriam to her and in remembrance of the city they shared.

Yesterday, Fitzsimmons partnered with Guitar World's Acoustic Nation to premiere the official music video for the title track.

Watch (& Share) The “Pittsburgh” Official Video HERE:

Pittsburgh follows Fitzsimmons’ 2014 full-length Lions (produced by Chris Walla/Death Cab For Cutie), which debuted at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums’ chart, as well as Top 5 on the Folk Albums chart. Fitzsimmons’ music has also been licensed to a wide variety of networks including ABC, NBC, MTV, Lifetime and CW and he has been featured in Billboard, NPR, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Paste, Spin, NYLON Guys, Musikexpress, Uncut, Q Magazine and American Songwriter Magazine.

NW1 Writer/Producer Fredro Contributes Three Songs To J-Pop Star Kumi Koda's Latest Album

J-Pop star Kumi Koda released her twelfth studio album on March 18th entitled WALK OF MY LIFE (Avex Records).

Skyrocketing to the top of the Oricon Weekly Album Chart, Walk Of My Life sold 39,000 copies on the first day alone. NW1 writer/producer Fredro has three tracks featured on this release: “Like It” (second single on WOML), “You Can Keep Up With Me,” and “Introduction ~Walk of My Life~”.

Fredro is no stranger to J-Pop success, having written Namie Amuro's certified platinum hit “Hands on Me,” as well as several K-Pop smashes (Wonder Girls' certified 7x Platinum hit “G.N.O.” among them).

Watch the video for "Like It" HERE.