(l-r): Cory Younts (OCMS), Danielle Romeo (Nettwerk), Morgan Jahnig (OCMS), Kevin Hayes (OCMS), Gilbert Landry (OCMS), Ketch Secor (OCMS), Critter Fuqua (OCMS), Chance McCoy (OCMS), Mark Jowett (Nettwerk) Photo Credit: Chris Hollo
On Tuesday, September 17, Nettwerk catalogue artist Old Crow Medicine Show became the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry with a special induction by Opry members Marty Stuart and Dierks Bentley, as well as Opry Vice President and General Manager PeteFisher. During the pre-show press conference, Nettwerk Music Group's Mark Jowett (VP of International A&R/Publishing) and Danielle Romeo (Sr. Director of Publicity), surprised Old Crow with Platinum plaques commemorating 1 million tracks sold of the band's signature song "Wagon Wheel." The single originally appeared on the band's debut album, O.C.M.S., released in 2004 on Nettwerk.
Old Crow's Ketch Secor was also honored the previous evening at the Ryman Auditorium during a celebration of Darius Rucker's #1 hit "Wagon Wheel," which Secor and Bob Dylan penned.
In a business analysis of the independent sector of UK labels, Music Week reports that Nettwerk has the Top Indie Single and Album of the past 12 months with Passenger's international hit song "Let Her Go" and album All The Little Lights. Additionally, Nettwerk is the #4 Indie Label in the UK for singles and Top 10 for albums over the past 12 months, marking the strongest year for the UK division of the label since its inception.
Says Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride, "It's exciting to see the continued growth of our UK company and the massive success they have had in their marathon run with Passenger. As a company, we never give up."
"Let Her Go" has already been certified Platinum in the UK, with nearly 900,000 digital downloads and over 250,000albums sold to date. Passenger, who just wrapped a sold-out North American summer headline tour, returns to the UK in October for an already sold-out run of dates.
Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of Ben Cooper, aka Radical Face, to its worldwide label roster.
With the self-released LP The Family Tree: The Roots, Ben set out to do something non-traditional and progressively conceptual. In 2011, The Roots was the first installment of a three-part, stand-alone album series that chronicles a fictitious, and sometimes otherworldy, 19th century family.
Radical Face will release the second installment to the series, The Family Tree: The Branches on October 22 via Nettwerk Records. Following the first album, certain instrumentations and melodies that represent a “family member” will reappear in the second album as a continuation of a story or descendent. The Branches will also progress in production using instruments that would have been more readily available in the era of the story set from 1860-1910.
“I like storytelling, and wanted that to be the focus. I looked up genealogy charts and studied some American history for a frame of reference, then pulled from personal experiences and put it all together,” says Ben. Such concepts and stories come naturally to Ben, whom before turning to music wrote fiction. He switched to music after a hard drive crash where he lost his two nearly completed novels.
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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 showCriminal 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 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. Anticipatedupcoming 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., whohave 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.
Nettwerk label artists Passenger and Morgan Page are among the established and rising stars named as the judge-determined Winners of The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential international awards program for independent bands and fans. Passenger won in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song of the Year category for "Let Her Go," while Morgan Page took the Dance/Elecrtonica Album of the Year category for his latest full-length, In The Air. The winners were determined by a panel of influential artists, including Tom Waits & Katheleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Pete Wentz and G. Love, as well as key industry executives like Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone) and Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride.
NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP RAISES $10.25 MILLION IN EQUITY GROWTH FINANCING TO FUND NEW AND EXISTING ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
Nettwerk Music Group Inc., a privately held independent music company focused on building successful artists by offering a unified set of management, marketing and publishing services, today announced that it has raised $10.25 million in equity growth financing.
The equity financing includes investments from HBC Investments, as well as participation from existing shareholders Beedie Capital and Nettwerk’s four founding partners: Terry McBride, Ric Arboit, Dan Fraser and Mark Jowett. Nettwerk will use the proceeds of the financing to invest in new and existing artists under development. Nettwerk will also continue to be an active acquirer of catalogue music rights for which it is uniquely positioned to create and expand value.
"We are pleased to welcome our new shareholder to Nettwerk as we continue to expand the reach and success of our clients. We are also very grateful for the ongoing support from our existing investors," said Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk. "We plan to utilize these funds to create and grow success for our current and future artist clients through true partnerships that value the creative process and long-term patience and planning.”
Peter Brodsky, HBC Investments, added, “HBC is excited to be a financial and strategic partner of Nettwerk. The Group is a known leader in recognizing and leveraging the opportunities that arise from technological disruptions and industry shifts. Nettwerk has emerged as a successful and thriving music company that is uniquely positioned to create long-term value in its clients’ musical works and content. The investment comes at the perfect time where the music industry is experiencing a resurgence with explosive growth in monetization opportunities across diverse worldwide retail and distribution models.”
“Our involvement with Nettwerk, which began in 2006 with a focus on catalogue acquisitions, has shown that the Group’s capabilities and platforms are also effective at driving growth in established works,” said Ryan Beedie, President of Beedie Capital Partners. “We are excited to add HBC to the team in order to continue to grow Nettwerk’s catalogue acquisition and new artist development projects.”
The past year has been an exciting one for Nettwerk Music Group across all divisions of the company. Highlights include management client fun., who broke out with their smash single “We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae” from sophomore album Some Nights(Fueled By Ramen), which is now certified Platinum. The band was nominated for six Grammy Awards®, and took home two: Song of the Year and the coveted Best New Artist. Internationally, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting saw her debut album, Everything In The World, explode in and around China, going Triple Platinum in China and Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia and Taiwan. Wanting, who is also a label and publishing client, is nominated for 10 Chinese Music Chart Awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Singer/Songwriter of the Year.
Nettwerk is excited to share the Nettwerk Spring Music Sampler 2013, highlighting some of the exciting music coming from Nettwerk artists this spring, as well as some recent favorites. The sampler features stand-out tracks from the label's latest signings, like the buzzed about Swiss-German female duo BOY, Australia’s The Paper Kites, Brooklyn fantasy pop duo Savoir Adore, and Vancouver indie pop trio (and JUNO nominee) Hey Ocean!. The sampler also includes songs from some of Nettwerk's best, like Family of the Year, Morgan Page, k-os, Delerium, Passenger, and Wanting.
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Nominees for the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs) were announced yesterday, and three Nettwerk recording artists received nods: Morgan Page (Dance/Electronica Album), Wanting (Adult Contemporary Album) and Angus Stone (Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album). Additionally, Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride is one of the many esteemed judges on the panel, which also includes industry vets and influential artists like Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, Suzanne Vega, Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone) and Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour).
According to the official press release from the IMAs, "more than 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe." Read the full official press release HERE.
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Artists from Nettwerk’s label, management and publishing (NW1) divisions are getting ready to make their way down to Austin. Below, please find information and showcase schedules for each attending artist: BOY, Family of the Year, Current Swell, Hey Ocean!, Savoir Adore, Royal Canoe, The Cadillac Three and SHEL.
BOY (Label) https://www.facebook.com/listentoboy
Chosen as one of NPR Music’s “Austin 100,” this Swiss/German female duo makes their SXSW debut as their album Mutual Friends lands at #13 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The album is already Gold-certified in Germany, with infectious single “Little Numbers” boasting close to 8 million views on YouTube. The ladies of BOY have enjoyed a welcoming reception in the States from media, industry folks and fans alike, with featured coverage in major national outlets like The New York Times, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Alternative Press, Filter, Bust and many more. In the coming days and weeks, the ladies of BOY will appear on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, WXPN’s World Café and Sirius XM’s Spectrum and Coffee House. “Little Numbers” was chosen as iTunes “Single of the Week,” as well as Starbucks’ “Pick of the Week.”
Wed, March 13 3:00pm - KCRW Party @ Radio Day Stage/Convention Center
Wed, March 13 11:30pm - Central Presbyterian Church
Thur, March 14 12:30pm - 98.7/iHeartRadio @ Empire
Thur, March 14 2:45pm - HomeSlice Pizza MXTS Party @ Homeslice Pizza
Thur, March 14 7:00pm - Bust Magazine Presents @ 4407 Ave C
Fri, March 15 12:00am - The Show @ Hickory Street
Sat, March 16 1:30pm - Baeble Music’s Launch Pad Party @ Peckerheads
FAMILY OF THE YEAR (Label/Management) https://www.facebook.com/familyoftheyear Since the release of Loma Vista, FOTY has been included in Entertainment Weekly’s “15 New Stars We Love,” Paste Magazine/SonicBids “Emerging artists of 2013,” Billboard Magazine’s “Bubbling Under,” KCRW’S “Local Bands We Love” and featured as Interview Magazine’s “Discovery” band. With standout track “Hero,” FOTY has made a run of late-night TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CONAN and two episodes of Late Night With Carson Daly. Four weeks since their Billboard radio chart debut, "Hero" cracks Top 5 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart and Top 20 at Alternative Radio (amongst the 5 most added at the format). By what now constitutes the core of FOTY—Joe Keefe (vocals, guitar), Sebastian Keefe (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitar, vocals), and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals)—the group has shared the stage with notable artists such as fun., Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Walk The Moon, Good Old War, Grouplove, and others. What’s next? A 2013 North American headline tour with friends The Mowgli’s.
Wed, March 13 7:45pm – Austin City Limits Live SXSW Showcase @ Moody’s Theatre
Thur, March 14 4:00pm – KCSN Showcase @ Radio Day Stage/Austin Convention Center
Fri, March 15 12:15pm - 98.7/iHeartRadio @ Empire