fun. has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly awaited album: SOME NIGHTS arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on February 21st, 2012.
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, Aim and Ignite, fun. decided to raise the stakes with this album, their first on Fueled By Ramen, by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake). A behind-the-scenes look at the making of SOME NIGHTS is streaming now at Complex.com HERE.
The first single from SOME NIGHTS, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe),” is available now via all digital retailers. The single has already generated quite a buzz, hitting the top 3 on The Hype Machine music blog aggregator in its first week of release, not to mention the top 5 on iTunes’ “Top Alternative Songs” sales ranking. What’s more, “We Are Young” has received major airplay from KCRW’s influential Morning Becomes Eclectic, while USA Today applauded the “baroque indie-popsters” for “(making) a counterintuitive play for the big time, slowing down for the massive sing-along chorus.”
The band will launch a preorder for a limited edition 7” vinyl version of the single on November 28 through the Fueled By Ramen webstore, http://store.fueledbyramen.com/, which will also unveil the song “One Foot” from SOME NIGHTS as the b-side.
A companion video clip for “We Are Young” is currently in pre-production. A video of fun. performing an acoustic version of the song with Janelle Monáe is up on the band’s site, www.ournameisfun.com (and featured above).
Following the release of their debut album Fuh Yeah, Waterloo, ON sibling trio Kidstreet just unveiled a brand new video for the song "Never Coming Back," which was directed by the band's Cliff Snyder and premiered earlier today on Exclaim!.
Fellow bandmate Edna Snyder told Exclaim! about the video, "When we were writing 'Never Coming Back,' I didn't think much about what my ex was supposed to look like, or what sort of man he might have been. As the video took shape though, he became a creepy, sort of nonchalant man. Whether we had intended it initially or not, the video ends up implying that what I'm never coming back to, is an abusive relationship. My good friend Zoran was kind enough to play the part. Quite a juxtaposition for him to play that role in this video!"
Critical darling, William Fitzsimmons appears on the December 13th double-CD, titled Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths (out on American Laundromat Records). Amongst a collection of indie-rock luminaries – The Wedding Present, Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch, Throwing Muses co-founder Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis and Stars — Fitzsimmons covers the title-borrowing classic from The Smiths, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.”
In the coming weeks, stay tuned for additional announcements, including previously unreleased recordings and a forthcoming North American tour.
For full track list and to pre-order Please, Please, Please: A Tribute To The Smiths, please visit: http://www.alr-music.com/
Nettwerk is excited to announce the addition of Toronto-based singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb to its label roster. Liam has toured across Canada with established acts like Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, David Usher & Colin James. In 2006, he was nominated for the Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group or Solo Artist (Hot AC) for his debut album on Columbia with Grammy-winning producer Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson). He self-released his sophomore album, Can’t Let Go, which was recorded in Nashville with Jay Joyce (Patti Griffin, Derek Trucks). He has lived between Nashville and the UK over the past year and is currently working on his third album.
Liam (who is also a recent addition to the Nettwerk Management roster) is set to release a beautiful rendition of the favorite holiday song "Silver Bells" on November 15th in iTunes, with his Nettwerk debut full-length coming in 2012.
New York End LTD, in conjunction with Nettwerk Management, is pleased to announce a new partnership with LME Management.
Through its current partnership, New York End/Nettwerk handles the careers of such rising artists as Lissie, The Pierces and Bridgit Mendler, as well as established talent like Katherine Jenkins. The new co-management partnership between New York End/Nettwerk and LME will allow New York End to continue to develop its business with a focus on developing acts for international success.
Beyond this, Nettwerk has announced the signings of various new management clients to be handled from its offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles and London—including Irish singer songwriter Gareth Dunlop, one of Canada's best young bands Hey Ocean, and international buzz-band Avalanche City—adding to an already diverse and hugely successful international roster that boasts such acts as Stereophonics, Nneka, fun. and Guster.
Chadwick "Chad" Stokes (Dispatch, StateRadio) set to release Live At The Armory on November 29th via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records.
Live At The Armory was recorded over two nights at the annual Calling All Crows’ benefit shows in December 2009. Featured tracks include State Radio classics - "Calling All Crows," "Keepsake," "Gang Of Thieves" - in addition to inspired covers of The Rolling Stones’ "Sweet Black Angel," Bob Dylan's "Girl From The North Country," Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me," and others.
The same day, Stokes’ will make a 300-piece limited edition CD available to fans. Assembled by hand, the special package will be made with eco-friendly materials and the artwork prepared by letterpress.
The recordings are the product of shared passion and solidarity amongst Chad's colleagues and friends - the late Ronnie Simonsen of How's Your News?, The White Buffalo, Matt Embree, Pete Heimbold, Stephen Kellogg,and Darren Buck. All proceeds from the sale of Armory will benefit Stokes’ non-profit organization, Calling All Crows.
In preparation for its brand new full-length album coming in 2012, Nettwerk One Publishing client Perfume Genius will be debuting new songs (as well as favorites from Learning) across North America with none other than Beirut in November/December.
Saturday 11/26 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s (with Beirut)
Monday 11/28 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues (with Beirut)
Wednesday 11/30 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall (with Beirut)
Friday 12/02 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (with Beirut)
Sunday 12/04 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre (with Beirut)
Monday 12/05 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel (with Beirut)
Wednesday 12/07 – Athens, GA – The Georgia Theatre (with Beirut)
Thursday 12/08 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Beirut)
Saturday 12/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar (with Beirut)
Tuesday 12/13 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (with Beirut)
As Jay Brannan prepares for the release of his anticipated sophomore album early next year, the singer/songwriter couldn't wait to give fans a taste of what's to come. Last week, Jay posted a special video message on his social properties and leaked a new track called "Greatest Hits" from the upcoming studio album. "Greatest Hits" is now available on iTunes and other digital service providers.
Watch the lyric video for "Greatest Hits" above or listen to the track on Soundcloud below:
Jay has spent that past several months in the studio with renowned producer David Kahne(Tony Bennett, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson) working on the follow up to his critically-acclaimed 2008 debut album goddamned. Stay tuned for more news about the new album. And if you haven't checked out Jay's cover of Adele's "Someone Like You," watch it here: http://bit.ly/qL5ky2.
“In The Air,” a collaboration between Grammy-nominated Morgan Page, Sultan + Ned Shepard and BT and featuring Angela McCluskey on vocals, reaches the #1 spot this week on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, jumping ahead of David Guetta & Usher’s hot new single, “Without You.” “In The Air,” is also hitting high notes at FMQB Dance Airplay (#2 for last 6 weeks), FMQB Internet Airplay (#1 for last 4 weeks) and Billboard Club Play (#6).
“In The Air” is Page’s first #1 hit, despite a long history of Top 10 successes. Believe--Page’s 2010 follow up to Elevate, which featured break-out single "Longest Road" and fellow chart topper "Call My Name"-- continues to be a fixture on the iTunes Dance Albums chart with two former Billboard Hot Dance Airplay hits: “Fight For You” and “Strange Condition.”
On October 11th, Page released In The Air, a six song EP of the lead single from his forthcoming 2012 studio album. In The Air includes several versions of the title track, in addition to remixes by Hardwell and Hard Rock Sofa.
Last week at Avalon Hollywood, Page performed “In The Air” and previewed other tracks from his upcoming album on the newly announced In The Air tour. Running through January 2012, the show delivered an enhanced experience for fans with computer-generated visuals, synchronized custom lights and additional interactive surprises. The sold-out party took over Hollywood with an array of special guests - Tegan & Sara, Angela McCluskey, Sultan + Ned Shepard, Andy Caldwell, Jonathan Mendlesohn and guest DJ Blake Lewis (American Idol). For photos, please visit: http://photo.rukes.com/avalon154/avalon154.html.
Yesterday, Indie-pop trio Ivy premiered their new music video for stand-out single "Fascinated" from their recently released album All Hours on RollingStone.com. Watch the video above.
Songwriter/bassist Adam Schlesinger told Rolling Stone, “We made this video with our good friend Adam Neustadter, whom we've all worked with before. The song has a bit of an old school synth-pop vibe, and so the video features some robot dancing, some vintage synths, and a guy with no face." (See whole feature on RollingStone.com HERE).