Nettwerk One Publishing and Island Records Australia recently held their 2nd Annual Bali Songwriting Summit in Ubud, Bali. The summit was conceived and launched last year as a partnership between Nettwerk One Publishing’s Peter Coquillard and Island Records Australia’s General Manager, Michael Taylor in an effort to bring together some of the hottest artists, writers and producers from around the globe in one of the most culturally unique and artistic locations in the world.
Several esteemed artists and writers of the pop world attended this year’s summit, which was held from May 28 – June 5, 2011, including Nick Jonas of Grammy-nominated superstars The Jonas Brothers, Multi-Platinum recording Australian artist Delta Goodrem, #1Billboard hit songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Taio Cruz) and many more (full list of attendees below). In addition to the state-of-the-art recording studios on site, attendees enjoyed several planned events that showcase the best of Bali culture, art, food and music. “Ubud has such a unique rhythm to itself. Giving artists and writers the opportunity to create outside of their normal day-to-day, can be the needed catalyst for truly special songs,” say Michael Taylor, GM, A&R / Head Of Island Records Australia, Universal Music Australia.
Listen to Marvin Priest's (son of Maxi Priest) new hit Australian single "Take Me Away" f/t pop sensation Wynter Gordon below. Priest co-wrote “Take Me Away” with fellow writers/artists Fredro Odesjo, Arama Brown and Cassie Davis at the inaugural Bali Songwriting Summit in 2010.
"Gravity is possibly the most fearless and fully realized album of Ladytron’s career." - Black Book Magazine
With less than a month until the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity The Seducer, Ladytron reveals a sneak peak to the full album. Previewed alongside an extensive Q&A with Stereogum, the video includes snippets of all 12 tracks (see above).
Also, the band is currently prepping for their North American Tour, with SONOIO, VHS OR BETA and Geographer. See dates below.
Last week, Nettwerk-managed artist The Pierces performed their latest single "It Will Not Be Forgotten" on popular British morning TV programThis Morning.The track is the latest single from their critically acclaimed album You & I, which was released in May 2011. Check out the live performance above, and watch the official video for the track HERE.
"There's a whole lot of awesome going on here...layered, complex, and compelling...fantastic piece of music!" - About.com (Dance Music)
Earlier this month, Nettwerk Records’ Morgan Page released lead single, “In The Air,” from his upcoming studio album. “In The Air” is a collaboration with Grammy nominated Page, Sultan + Ned Shepard and BT and featuring Angela McCluskey (Telepopmusik) on vocals.
Produced by Justin Coloma, the above video captures the drama etched in every word and every beat. McCluskey had a unique approach to penning the lyrics by clipping out magazine headlines.
Be sure to catch Page as he heads on the road. See full dates below:
Today, Waterloo trio Kidstreet release their fourth single “Never Coming Back” from their upcoming debut album Fuh Yeah, out September 27, 2011. The percussive club banger is accompanied by an exclusive b-side called “Crazy.”
Last week, Kidstreet released a new video for the rambunctious dance single “Birthday Boy.” Directed by Angus McLellan and Kidstreeters Karl and Cliff Snyder, the video was shot from the perspective of a pint glass at a party. “A friend of ours took rein of the glass and had his way with it,” Karl said of the shoot. Watch the video HERE.
Visionary artist BT releases a new single EP package for the track “A Million Stars” from his GRAMMY® nominated album These Hopeful Machines (Nettwerk/Black Hole). A true collaboration between BT and vocalist Kirsty Hawkshaw, the EP features new remixes from Marc Simz, Myon & Shane 54, Jason van Wyk, Airwave, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Digital Stories and Save The Robot.
Great Lake Swimmers will make a special appearance at the 2011 US Open on Sunday, September 4 at 6:00pm (Baseline Stage). Each year, aside from world class tennis, the US Open features live music and entertainment around the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. For the full list of entertainment, visit HERE.
In addition to working on the follow-up to 2009's critically-acclaimed album Lost Channels, Tony Dekker and his Great Lake Swimmers recently announced a handful of North American tour dates (keep reading for list of dates).
“Kidstreet’s sound embraces both ‘90s big-beat dance music and indie rock, hearkening back to the electronic-tinged glory days…” – Exclaim!
“When I saw three dorky-looking twenty somethings setting up a row of synthesizers at the front of the stage, I wasn’t expecting much. Boy, was I wrong.”- CHARTattack
Waterloo sibling trio Karl, Cliff and Edna Snyder--better known as Kidstreet--are set to release their debut album Fuh Yeah on September 27, 2011. The band gives listeners a taste of Fuh Yeah with a new music video for single “Birthday Boy” (available now on iTunes).
Premiering earlier today on Exclaim!, the video was directed by Angus McLellan and Karl & Cliff Snyder, and was shot from the perspective of a pint glass at a party. Karl explains, “A friend of ours took rein of the glass and had his way with it. Dancing, barfing, naked games of Twister, climbing onto rooftops…all the typical things any one glass might witness at a party.” Check out the newly unveiled video for “Birthday Boy” below.
Listen to Frazey Ford's "Blue Streak Mama" from Obadiah above.
Former Be Good Tanyas frontwoman Frazey Ford has announced a handful of North American tour dates in September. She’ll co-headline these dates with Whitehorse, a duo made up of fellow Canadians Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland.
Frazey released her debut solo album Obadiah in 2010 to critical acclaim. Most recently, she reunited with her former bandmates for a Be Good Tanyas reunion tour in celebration of the release of their debut album, Blue Horse, on vinyl for the first time.
Be Good Tanyas Tour Dates:
Wed, Aug 17 Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre**
Fri, Aug 19 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre**
Sat, Aug 20 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sun, Aug 21 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
(**As special guests of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)
Frazey Ford Tour Dates (co-bill with Whitehorse)
Sat, Sept 17 New York, NY @ The Living Room
Sun, Sept 18 Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel
Mon, Sept 19 Boston, MA @ Club Passim
Tues, Sept 20 Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Wed, Sept 21 Toronto, ON @ Glenn Gould Studio
Brit-rock band The Rifles return to release their third studio album Freedom Run on September 20, 2011, with lead single “Tangled Up In Love” out August 16, 2011. The track is a dangerously infectious melody, topped with a luscious string riff and the familiar Rifles’ crunching guitars.
Freedom Run further enhances the reputation of one of the most exciting, enduring and diverse London bands of the last ten years. Recorded at Paul Weller’s studio, Black Barn, and produced by the legendary Chris Potter (who has guided such luminaries as The Clash, The Stones and The Verve), the album has a fresh, revitalized sound, loaded with inspirational tracks that range from light and fun pop symphonies to the raucous soul-inflected heartfelt pop-rock that has dominated The Rifles’ back catalogue and given them a fan-base that continues to sell-out venues across Europe.