Nettwerk Music Group (Nettwerk) and Bumstead Productions (Bumstead) today announced a definitive agreement under which Nettwerk has acquired the recording assets and label operations of Bumstead.
Bumstead is one of a few Canadian independent music businesses founded over 30 years ago with a strong pedigree of developing successful Canadian artists. Under the deal, Nettwerk is acquiring the copyrights to such legacy Canadian recording artists as k.d. lang, Glen Stace, Colin James and John Ford, as well as recent releases from The Trews, Tim Chaisson, Two Hours Traffic, Yukon Blonde and Poor Young Things.
Bumstead founder Larry Wanagas will retain the name Bumstead and continue to independently run the publishing and artist management business of Bumstead under the Bumstead banner.
Nettwerk co-founder and CEO Terry McBride comments, “We are thrilled to add Bumstead’s impressive roster of influential Canadian recording artists to the Nettwerk family. As a company, we are always looking to expand our diverse roster with quality catalogue.”
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s six-piece ensemble, Royal Canoe, has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Alternative Album Of The Year category for their debut full-length album, Today We Are Believers. The record was released to rave reviews in the U.S., Canada and UK on September 3, 2013 via Roll Call Records. Competing against Royal Canoe for Alternative Album Of The Year is The Arcade Fire, Rah Rah, The Darcys and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in Winnipeg, MB on March 30, 2014.
Up next for Royal Canoe is a U.S. tour supporting English indie rockers, Bombay Bicycle Club. See below for the full list of tour dates. Tickets are on-sale now.
Passenger's international hit single "Let Her Go" was chosen as the soundtrack to Budweiser's heartwarming 2014 Super Bowl spot, titled "Puppy Love." The commercial premiered on the Today on January 29 and immediately went viral, gaining upwards of 15 Million views in 24 hours. Passenger, puppies, horses (and beer), oh my!
Newcomers Run River North (formerly Monsters Calling Home) have unveiled their first official, not to mention hilariously gory video from their upcoming self-titled debut, out February 25. The “Fight To Keep” video premiered yesterday on TeamCoco.com, who described it as “equal parts mandolin riffs and ‘The Hunger Games.’” Directed by Zack Stoltz, the video features actor/comedian Diedrich Bader and the six-piece band on an innocent camping trip turned Battle Royale.
On Saturday, January 25, Run River North will be included in Lexus: Music Uncovered, a pre-Grammy® special exploring Los Angeles hot spots and up and coming bands airing on CBS at various times in 10 major markets (Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, Houston and DC). The band was also recently featured on Last Call With Carson Daly, PBS Artbound and NPR Weekend Edition, where they discussed various themes of hope, struggle and identity reflected on their debut album – all band members come from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, which creates a subtle overlap of Asian and American folk reflecting the hyphenated existence of the band members.
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of Melbourne-based, nine-piece neo soul/indie pop outfit The Bamboos to its label roster. Their new album, Fever In The Road, will be released on April 1, 2014.
Listen to album track "Avenger" below:
The Bamboos are the brainchild of band leader Lance Ferguson, who initially drew inspiration from the instrumental raw funk of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but the band’s sound and style is in a constant state of evolution, keeping fans and critics alike on their toes and unable to pigeonhole. For Fever In The Road, Ferguson co-produced the album with ARIA-nominated, multi-instrumentalist studio wizard John Castle (Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gossling), whom they worked with on their previous, three time ARIA-nominated album, 2012’s Medicine Man. Fever In The Road sees Castle and Ferguson venturing into sonic landscapes The Bamboos have previously touched on but never fully inhabited; there exists an aural complexity and depth that allows darker moods to roam through the album, with vocal duties split between Kylie Auldist and Ella Thompson, who bring contrasting yet complimentary styles.
Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of electronic artist Andy Caldwell to its full-service electronic music label Nettrax.
"With infectious grooves and fabulous vocalists, Nettwerk Music Group is very honored to help electronic music fans the world over discover Andy's music," says Mark Jowett, VP of International A&R/Publishing at Nettwerk.
The DJ/Producer is nominated for a 2014 Grammy for “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” for his remix of fellow Nettwerk label artist Delerium’s “Days Turn Into Nights” - a track from the influential Canadian outfit’s latest studio album, Music Box Opera.
On receiving the nomination, Caldwell says, “It’s always an honor to receive a Grammy nomination from your peers. I plan to fully relish in this milestone achievement; it's not the kind of thing that happens just any old day. I'm now one step closer to my ultimate goal of winning a Grammy! No rest for the wicked.”
Nettwerk Music Group congratulates its artists for their 2014 Grammy nominations.
Nate Ruess of Nettwerk management client fun. was recognized for his work with Pink on hit single "Just Give Me A Reason," which Ruess co-wrote and performed. The song received nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Additionally, Sara Bareilles' "Brave," which was co-written by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance.
DJ/Producer Andy Caldwell was nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix of Nettwerk label artist Delerium's"Days Turn Into Nights," a track from the influential Canadian outfit's latest studio album, Music Box Opera. Listen to Caldwell's remix below.
Lastly, Darius Rucker's cover of Nettwerk catalogue artist Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel" is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance.
Hit single "Hero" from Family Of The Year is officially certified Gold by Music Canada. The single reached #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, #57 on the Hot Digital Tracks chart and boasts more than 3 million views on Youtube.
While at radio, “Hero” peaked at #18 at Alternative Rock, #33 at AC and #42 at Top 40. Internationally, "Hero" reached the Billboard Top 10 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and continues to spread in Europe, while in the United States, it has sold over 148,000 digital tracks and reached #1 at Triple A and Top 10 at Alternative radio formats. Nettwerk Music Group's Mark Jowett (VP of International A&R/Publishing), Dan Fraser (President) and Lexani Llaguno (Director of Canadian Marketing) recently presented Family Of The Year with a Gold plaque commemorating over 40,000 singles sold.
Nettwerk Music Group congratulates its own Dalton Sim for his Pollstar Award Nomination in the category of Personal Manager of the Year. The nominees were selected by an anonymous collection of over 200 promoters, agents, managers and other touring professionals. The awards show will be held February 21st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Click HERE for a full list of nominees.
Dalton began his career in 1995 by managing Guster out of the band's apartment in Somerville, Mass. Since that humble start, he's helped shape the careers of Alexi Murdoch, Dispatch, State Radio and, most recently, fun., through his joint venture with Nettwerk.
Congratulations Dalton! We can't think of anyone more deserving!
International hit single “Let Her Go” from Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, is officially certified Platinum by the RIAA, seeing its highest sales week with over 130,000 tracks sold and surpassing the one million sales marker. The single also moves up to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on the Hot Digital Tracks chart and remains in the Top 10 on iTunes and the Top 5 on Spotify. Additionally, album All The Little Lights, which cracked into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 two weeks ago after 59 consecutive weeks on the New Artist Chart, jumps from #80 to #27, giving the album its highest chart number since its August 2012 release.
The video for “Let Her Go” now boasts 125+ million views on YouTube and remains in the top 10 of the VH1 Top 20 Countdown. At radio, “Let Her Go” continues to climb across formats, now Top 5 at Triple A (#4), Top 10 at Hot AC (#7) and #31 at Top 40. The UK troubadour, who is in the midst of a sold-out tour across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, is also about to see his Facebook page surpass one million likes.
The VH1 You Oughta Know Artist made his stateside national television debut in July on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, where he performed “Let Her Go” with Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band. He followed that performance with a morning television debut on Live! With Kelly and Michael. Media coverage has included mentions in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, and features in USA Today, Billboard, Washington Post and more.
An exclusive iTunes Session, which Passenger recorded on his sold-out North American summer tour, will be available on November 12, but preorders are live here: http://bit.ly/1aanMAJ.