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Hey Ocean! Releases 'IS' Acoustic EP; Currently On Vans Warped Tour

"This indie pop threesome is guaranteed to be a pleasant surprise to Warped Tour attendees who have not yet heard them." -- The Aquarian

Hey Ocean! has released IS Acoustic EP, a 4-track EP featuring acoustic versions of album tracks from their latest album and Nettwerk debut, IS.  Earlier this week, Earbuddy.net premiered the EP exclusively; check out the post HERE, and listen to the Acoustic EP below. 

The Vancouver indie-pop trio is making their Warped Tour debut this week. For a full list of dates, click HERE

In Case You Missed It: Passenger Makes National TV Debut On 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) made his national television debut last Friday, July 12 on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, performing his international hit single "Let Her Go"(click the image above to watch performance). The UK troubadour, who usually performs solo acoustic, was backed by the supremely talented Rickey Minor and The Tonight Show Band. His American television debut comes on the heels of the news that Passenger will be VH1's "You Oughta Know" Artist of the Month in August. His North American tour launched last week in Vancouver; click here for tour dates. 

Nettwerk Music Group Signs Brooklyn's Ghost Beach; Band Shares "Moon Over Japan" From Forthcoming Debut Album

Watch The Music Video For “Moon Over Japan" Here: http://youtu.be/dwRFdiipgT8

Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of Brooklyn’s Ghost Beach to its worldwide label roster.

With their self-titled debut EP and follow-up EP Modern Tongues, Ghost Beach has set the Internet ablaze with consistent number ones on Hype Machine. Formed in 2012, the duo of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn have already perfected a blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth pop that can best be described as Tropical Grit Pop.

Partnering with Consequence Of Sound, Ghost Beach serve up the animated music video for “Moon Over Japan,” taken from their forthcoming debut album. Visualized by Swedish animator/designer Lil Jonna (Future FM), the stylish video is a fun take on love in the Internet age.

Passenger Chosen As VH1 "You Oughta Know" Artist; Late Night TV Debut Set For July 12 On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Watch The Video For "Let Her Go" Here: http://bit.ly/Op4Qxw

Following the international success of single “Let Her Go,” Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) has been chosen by VH1 as their August “You Oughta Know” Artist, a franchise that has helped break countless artists like Adele, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Gotye and more. The news comes just days prior to the launch of his North American headline tour in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 10. Passenger will then head down to Los Angeles where he’ll make his late night television debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this Friday, July 12.

Having already reached #1 in 14 countries, gone Platinum in the UK and sold over 2 million copies worldwide, “Let Her Go” is now making waves at North American radio. In the U.S., Hot AC adds are coming in weekly, including 104.3 MYFM (LA), Fresh 102.7 (NYC), Mix 104.1 (Boston), Alice@97.3 (San Francisco), Mix 96.5 (Houston) and various SiriusXM stations (The Pulse and 20 On 20). In Canada, the song has been added to AC & Hot AC stations 104.9 CHUMFM and 99.9 Virgin (Toronto), 92.5 The Beat (Montreal), 102.7 The Peak (Vancouver) and the ROUGE FM network throughout Quebec. The music video for “Let Her Go” has reached over 60 million YouTube views, and the song is now seeing North American combined digital sales of nearly 14,000 tracks a week.

More than half of Passenger’s summer tour dates have already sold out, including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Columbus, Atlanta, Orlando and all three Canadian shows. The Boston date on August 20 sold-out so quickly that he was forced to upgrade to the Paradise Rock Club.

New Signing: Lily Kershaw

Watch The Lyric Video For Lead Single “As It Seems” (first heard on hit CBS series Criminal Minds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sut9u9fIkPA

Nettwerk is proud to announce the signing of singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw to its label roster. The Los Angeles-based artist first caught the attention of audiences when her original song “As It Seems” was featured in the 2012 season finale of CBS hit show Criminal Minds. A second song, “Ashes Like Snow,” was featured again in the season finale of the series in May 2013. Both tracks are currently available as singles on iTunes and will appear on Kershaw’s debut full-length album, Midnight In The Garden, set for release on September 24, 2013.

Midnight In The Garden, produced by John Fields, explores emotional landscapes, with heart clutching melodies that say what most people struggle to say themselves. The album takes root in the titans of folk music…those classic songsmiths who weave tapestries of sound with fingerpicking and tales of often unspoken truths.

Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride says of the new signing, “Lily is simply an amazing artist who captures the spirit of Joni Mitchell with her authentic and emotive storytelling. She takes the listener on a journey.”

Nettwerk Music Group Welcomes Steve Lewis To Their Board As Non-Executive Director

Nettwerk Music Group announced this week that Steve Lewis, former CEO of Chrysalis Music Group and founder of Stage Three Music, has joined their board as a non-executive director. In his role, Lewis will provide advice and guidance on the Group’s development as it further expands its activities as a multi-faceted music company. Lewis joins the board during an era of strong growth and achievements for NMG, which announced last month that it had raised $10.25 Million in equity growth financing to fund new and existing artist development, as well as catalogue acquisitions.

“I am thrilled to welcome a fellow Entrepreneur, Operator and Visionary to Nettwerk's board. Steve's passion for music and knowledge of the Music business landscape is second to none,” says Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride.

The Nettwerk UK team is currently enjoying great success with Passenger’s hit single "Let Her Go" becoming the label's first ever Platinum single in the UK, with accompanying album All The Little Lights now the label’s highest selling album to date in the territory. Additionally, Admiral Fallow was shortlisted at the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Awards. Anticipated upcoming releases from promising new acts include Royal Canoe and Radical Face. The publishing division (NW1) is also hitting new heights this year with acts such as Neon Neon, Perfume Genius, Airbourne, and Sinead O’Connor, alongside a roster of talented songwriters who have recently contributed to albums from the likes of Little Mix, Stooshe and The Wanted. Management client Stereophonics have reclaimed their strong sales base with their first self-released album since departing Universal, Graffiti On The Train, while Atlantic Records signed Fun., who have had huge global impact over the last 12 months.

Steve Lewis as an addition to the board provides another international voice in what is already a multinational independent company.

"I've long admired Nettwerk as an innovative, creative company. It’s proven executive team, current successes and the additional resources now available make this a very exciting time to join the company. Nettwerk has established itself as a leading independent with global reach and I'm confident it's destined for even greater success. " says Lewis.

The Paper Kites Share "St. Clarity" Official Music Video; Announce Headline Tour

Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites share the official music video for “St. Clarity,” the first Australian single from their charming debut album, set for release later this year.

Produced by ARIA winning producer Wayne Connolly, “St. Clarity” kicks off with a lone banjo before moving into a gorgeous blend of harmonies, music boxes and horns. “At its heart, the song is about the beauty of finding clarity in a situation,” says frontman Sam Bentley of the new single. “Seeing things from a perspective that’s clear – from an angle you haven’t seen before.”

Two-time ARIA winning director Natasha Pincus, who also helmed the celebrated video for Gotye’s Grammy-winning track “Somebody That I Used To Know,” directs the official music video for “St. Clarity.” With a stunning visual, the video delicately showcases the song’s alluring textures.

This October, the quintet will cross waters for their North American debut, supporting City And Colour. The Paper Kites will provide support from Atlanta, GA to Oakland, CA before heading out for their own headline tour. See full dates below.

BOY Announce Headline Tour With Full, Six-Piece Band

"BOY writes and sings tuneful, friendly, forthright pop-folk songs about life and relationships...cradled by melodies with a comfortable lilt and by Ms. Steiner’s sweet, unfailingly precise lead vocals…” -- The New York Times (live review)

"It's just..so addictive." -- NPR All Songs Considered

"The next kick-ass girls: BOY. 'Little Numbers’ is as addictive as peanut butter M&M's."
-- Glamour Magazine "Next Big Thing" Issue

"Great pop songs are boiled-down emotion -- a simple line or melody that says it all...Swiss-German duo BOY nails it with viral hit 'Little Numbers'...simple, catchy, effective."
-- Billboard Magazine

Swiss/German duo BOY have announced Fall tour dates, and this time they are bringing the whole crew along. The ladies of BOY—Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass—made their maiden voyage to the States in March as a 3-piece, and charmed their way across the country. Starting October 1 in Atlanta, BOY return as a full, 6-piece band for a whole new live experience, and one more familiar to fans of their critically acclaimed debut album Mutual Friends.

BOY have seen incredible reaction to Mutual Friends and the album’s infectious lead single “Little Numbers,” which has already broken into the Top 15 on the Triple A Chart, with the accompanying music video nearing 9 million views on YouTube. Upon its release, “Little Numbers” was featured as iTunes’ Single of the Week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Starbucks’ Pick of the Week. Additionally, MTV2 added BOY and "Little Numbers" to "Artists To Watch."  Watch "Little Numbers" HERE.  

Read more for information and all tour dates. 

Jay Brannan Announces New EP Of Cover Songs, 'Around The World In 80 Jays' (Sept 3); Features Nine Songs In Six Different Languages To Launch World Tour

Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan has announced plans to release a new covers EP, aptly titled Around The World In 80 Jays, on September 3, 2013. The EP is an acoustic collection of nine cover songs performed in six different languages. The EP begins with Sinead O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds” in English, followed by Selena’s hit Spanish single “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” From there, the listener is taken on a world voyage through Germany, France, Brazil and Italy. The EP wraps in English with a cover of the Patty Griffin-written, Dixie Chicks-performed folk song “Top of the World.”

In conjunction with the EP’s release, Jay has also announced fall world tour plans, starting with two shows in his home of New York City at Joe’s Pub on Friday, September 6 and Saturday September 7. Though Jay has captivated fans with his special blend of sweet and sad folk songs peppered with a healthy dose of cynical humor, his live audiences have also come to anticipate witty musings on daily life and an array of potential cover songs, ranging from Joni Mitchell to Nicki Minaj.

LISTEN TO JAY BRANNAN COVER SELENA’S HIT “BIDI BIDI BOM BOM”:

Family Of The Year On Tour With Atlas Genius

The excitement surrounding LA-based Family Of The Year has been building steadily since the release of Loma Vista (Nettwerk Records) last summer, and there’s no sign of it slowing down this year. Today, Family Of The Year announce a Fall 2013 tour with Atlas Genius, beginning September 21st in Arizona.

In the past, the band has shared the stage with fun., Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Walk The Moon, Good Old War and Milo Greene. With their first headline tour of 2013, the band sold out shows across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Nashville, Denver, Portland and more. This summer, the band does the festival circuit, including Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL) and Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI). See below for all upcoming tour dates.

With the impressive release of last year’s album and a stellar live show, Family Of The Year continues to garner fantastic media support. This year, the band performed “Hero” on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (May 16), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (February 11) CONAN (February 21) and Last Call With Carson Daly (February 26 - which is their second episode in two months). Recently, MTV2 added Family Of The Year as an “Artist To Watch” and USA Today featured the band in their “On The Verge” column. All this follows other emerging artists features, including Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Amazon, Interview Magazine and more. Watch the official music video for "Hero" above.

Since they saw their Billboard radio chart debut, Family of the Year's standout hit "Hero" reached #1 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart, sitting Top 5 for a record-breaking four months. “Hero” also landed Top 15 at Alternative Radio.