Over the course of two astonishing albums, Nettwerk One publishing artist Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or hand-wringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutal-ised, yet ultimately, slowly but surely reclaimed.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a brave, bold, unpredictably quix-otic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.
Chosen by Billboard as one of the “Top 5 K-Pop artists to watch in 2014,” South Korea-based GOT7 has released a new EP, GOT♡ (Got Love), which features a track from NW1 writer/producer Fredro called “Good Tonight.” The song has been performed on all major Korean music shows, including “Music Bank,” “Show! Music Core,” “Inkigayo” and “M!Countdown.” Upon its release, GOT♡ reached number one on the Gaon Music Top Album Chart. GOT7’s debut EP, Got It? (January 2014), which also featured a track from Fredro (“Like Oh”), landed at #1 on the Billboard World Chart.
British alt rock/pop band Scars On 45 will release their sophomore full-length album, Safety In Numbers, on October 7, with lead single “Crazy For You” available today on iTunes. The band has been on the road all summer promoting the album, with newly announced September dates opening for Better Than Ezra. A full list of tour dates is below.
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Safety In Numbers is the result of pure honesty, emotion and hard work. When the band parted ways with their former label, they were determined to carry on. They self-funded Safety In Numbers, which was recorded between Minneapolis, MN with their good friend Eric Olsen and Leeds, England with producer Will Jackson. In the end, they launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the completion of the album. The response from fans was enormous.
From left to right (back): Jonathan Gordon (1916), Lex Borrero (1916), Blair McDonald (Nettwerk One); front: Stefan Johnson
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce a new publishing joint venture between Nettwerk’s publishing division, Nettwerk One Music (NW1) and LA-based, multi-media entertainment platform 1916 Management. Through this joint venture, NW1 and 1916 Management will together aim seek out and sign the hottest up and coming writers/producers, while bringing a management approach to publishing by working closely with these new signings to strategically develop their careers.
Writer/producer Stefan Johnson becomes the first signing under this joint venture. Johnson is one-fifth of the writing production team known as The Monsters & The Strangerz, currently one of the most in-demand pop production teams. They’ve been heavily involved in recent albums from Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Cher Lloyd, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and more. In the past few months alone, they’ve brought their writing and production skills to forthcoming tracks for Maroon 5, Ferras, Bebe Rexha and Chris Batson.
Says NW1’s Blair McDonald, “We’re delighted to be in business with Lex, Jonathan and the rest of the 1916 team. Their understanding and experience in the pop music business is a huge asset to our existing publishing business, and I look forward to developing a roster of the most talented writers/producers together. To start with the signing of Stefan Johnson is a statement of our intent. He is an incredible and positive creative force.”
Lex Borrero and Jonathan Gordan of 1916 add, “We are thrilled to be working with a company who has a true understanding of every facet of the entertainment business and a true independent spirit. NW1 has built a great publishing business, and we look forward to continuing to add to their already incredible and successful history.”
In case you missed So You Think You Can Dance last night, Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda performed a contemporary dance to Gossling’s “Oh Darling” choreographed by Emmy-nominated Travis Wall.
Having won critical praise in the states and abroad, Gossling (aka Helen Croome) will see the proper release of her debut full-length album, Harvest Of Gold, in North America on September 23 via Nettwerk Records.
We are deeply saddened to learn of John Spinks' passing. Over the past 8 years, we came to know him as a passionate and inspiring songwriter, producer, guitar player and all-around artist. He was an immeasurable talent whose songs brought joy to many. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and his many fans. We'll miss you John. -- Your Nettwerk Family
"…one of the best Americana records of the year." - Exclaim!
“Old Crow Medicine Show find a ‘Remedy’ for Country music’s ails”
– Rolling Stone
Heavily celebrated, Grammy Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show see career high chart debuts today across North America. In Canada, new album Remedy debuts at #12 on the top Country Albums chart and #89 on the Canadian Top 200, while in the U.S., they land at #15 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Top Country Albums chart.
The band also shared a new music video for the Bob Dylan collaborative track “Sweet Amarillo,” which premiered exclusively with CMT worldwide last week.
Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face, has unveiled a new music video for “The Mute,” which premiered on USA Today yesterday. Originally from his latest album The Family Tree: The Branches, “The Mute” is currently featured in the official trailer of the upcoming Zach Braff film Wish I Was Here, as well as on the film’s soundtrack, Wish I Was Here – Music From The Motion Picture (available July 15). The soundtrack features music hand-picked by Braff, including exclusive new songs from Bon Iver and Cat Power + Coldplay, in addition to tracks from The Head and the Heart and Hozier.
As with past Radical Face videos, “The Mute” video was conceived, directed and produced by Ben with the help of only his family and friends. The result is a compelling and emotional journey for the viewer. Radical Face is currently working on the last installment of his The Family Tree trilogy, and will play a handful of dates in Europe this November. Stay tuned for more news from Radical Face.
Partnering with NYLON Guys, Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach share the official music video for “Without You” from their debut album Blonde.
Directed by Ida Chelengar, the video bridges together all the elements of the band’s signature aesthetic. With “psychedelic graphics and groovy colors, the video perfectly portrays those summer vibes through pineapple prints, singing fish, and of course, a hook that will be stuck in [your] head for days," (NYLON Guys).
Acclaimed Nettwerk One (NW1) topline writer/producer Mike James continues his rise in the EDM world as he looks forward to the releases of recent collaborations with Zomboy, Dash Berlin, Walden, and EDM mega producer Maarten Vorwerk, among many others. His most recent Top 20 Beatport hit, “Beginning of The World” by Lazy Rich and Special Features, was released on Avicii’s Swedish powerhouse label LE7ELS/PRMD. Support for “Beginning of The World” has come from some of the biggest tastemakers in the business including the legendary Pete Tong who debuted the track on BBC1.
This release is one of many for Mike in the last 12 months, which include the opening cut “Hands” on Orjan Nilsen’s latest album, the Top 10 Trance single “When You Love Someone” by Dankann & Antillas (Armada), Top 10 UK club hit “Chrysalis Heart” by Delerium (Nettwerk), “Secrets” by 2 Faced Funks which appeared on Dance Essentials 2014 (Armada), and the #4 Progressive House smash “Never Fade” by Alex Guesta (Trice/Armada), among others. Learn more about Mike James here.