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Neon Neon To Release New Album 'Praxis Makes Perfect' On April 29

Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip) will release new album Praxis Makes Perfect in the UK on April 29th via Lex Records.

Praxis Makes Perfect is inspired by the life and times of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. Born in to one of Italy’s wealthiest families, Feltrinelli was a left-wing political activist and published some of the greatest literary works of the 20th century, including The Leopard and Doctor Zhivago. He died in highly suspicious circumstances in 1972.

Praxis Makes Perfect features Sabrina Salerno, Asia Argento, Cate Le Bon, Josh Klinghoffer and follows Neon Neon’s 2008, Mercury-shortlisted debut Stainless Style, a concept album based on the life of colourful motoring mogul John DeLorean.

Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip have also teamed up with playwright Tim Price, director Wils Wilson and National Theatre Wales to create unique Neon Neon live performances. An initial run of shows will take place at an undisclosed Cardiff location from 2nd to 5th May. Tickets are priced £15 and on sale here.

Nettwerk's Film & TV Department Celebrates A Hugely Successful 2012!

2012 was hardly the end of the world for Nettwerk's Film & TV Department, who successfully licensed songs to various TV shows, advertisements and films from artists across Nettwerk Music Group's Label, Management and Publishing rosters. Click the video playlist above for highlights from the year!  

Video Playlist Track Listing:

1) The Hundreds And Thousands "Here We Go" / Google Maps for Iphone ad
2) Kidstreet "Song" / Apple MacBook Pro ad
3) Pefume Genuis "Dark Parts" / Honda Accord ad
4) Aaron Espe "Through Frozen Forests" / Sainsbury ad
5) The Submarines "Fire" / Kindle Fire ad
6) fun. "We Are Young" / Chevy Super Bowl ad
7) Alexi Murdoch "All My Days" / Sprint Mobile ad
8) Admiral Fallow "Squealing Pigs" / General Electric Super Bowl ad
9) Gareth Dunlop "Going Somewhere" / Subaru Outback ad
10) Junkie XL "Clash" / Bing ad

(Keep reading for the rest of the track list)

Nettwerk Artists Score iTunes “Best Of 2012” Spots Around The Globe

Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share that iTunes has named three of its artists in their “Best of 2012” round-ups in various territories around the globe: fun., Passenger and Wanting.

Nettwerk Management client fun. claims “Best Song of 2012” on the U.S. iTunes store for their smash single “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe).” The track has sold nearly 6 million copies, with the video boasting more than 157 million YouTube views. The trio, who released their debut album Aim And Ignite on Nettwerk Records in 2009, recently received six GRAMMY nominations for their breakthrough album, Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen). Some Nights is also iTunes Canada's "Best Pop Album of 2012." Watch “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” here: http://bit.ly/rKUQ1f.

Passenger, one of the latest additions to Nettwerk’s label roster, grabs the “Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012” in the UK iTunes store for his latest album, All The Little Lights. The UK-born troubadour (real name Mike Rosenberg) has spent the last year playing sold-out headline gigs around the globe, as well as opening for Ed Sheeran in North America and the UK. His break-out single “Let Her Go” has over 4 million YouTube views and continues to see track sales upwards of 2,000 copies a week. In the U.S., All The Little Lights is in its 15th straight week on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Additionally, the iTunes U.S. store chose All The Little Lights for inclusion in their current 2012 Chart Toppers sale, while iTunes Canada chose to feature the album in their yearly competitive “Boxing Week” sale. Watch “Let Her Go” here: http://bit.ly/Op4Qxw.

Lastly, Netttwerk management, label and publishing client Wanting takes “Best Album of 2012” honors in four different iTunes territories: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. The Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter (who sings in both English and Mandarin) released her debut album Everything In The World earlier this year. The album went Platinum in China in its first week, and today is Triple Platinum in China, Double Platinum in Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia. Last week, Wanting received 10 Chinese Music Chart Award nominations, including "Album of the Year," "Most Popular New Artist of the Year," and "Best Singer/Songwriter of the Year." She has achieved more than 10 million combined views on YouTube, 8 million combined views on Chinese YouTube (YouKu) and has more than 600,000 followers on Chinese Twitter (Weibo). She has also been featured in a slew of North American press, from CBC’s The Q with Jian Ghomeshi, The Atlantic, Billboard.biz and CBC’s The National, to major Chinese-language media like Sinovision, World Journal, Sing Tao and Epoch Times. Watch the video for “You Exist In My Song” (featured in the Chinese cult film Love In The Buff) here: http://bit.ly/No6PT8.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from these and other Nettwerk artists in the new year!

The Hundreds And Thousands Soundtrack The Google Maps For iPhone Viral Advertisement!

Today is a today to rejoice! Not only is Google Maps for iPhone here officially, but the soundtrack to the commercial is none other than Nettwerk recording artist The Hundreds And Thousands. The track is called "Here We Go (Revolution Cliche)." Find it on iTunes here and check out the ad above. 

Aaron Espe's "Through Frozen Forests" Featured In Sainsbury 2012 Christmas Day TV Ads

Nettwerk One Publishing client Aaron Espe has much to celebrate this holiday season. His song "Through Frozen Forests" is currently the soundtrack to a series of 14 Sainsbury 2012 Christmas Day TV ads in the UK (watch the ads HERE).  "Through Frozen Forests" and four other tracks have been released as a digital EP in the UK (here). Watch the lyric video for the track above.

Hey Ocean! Joins Nettwerk Records To Release 'IS' On January 29th; Single "Big Blue Wave" Out December 11th

Vancouver-based indie pop trio Hey Ocean! are bringing their unbridled spirit Stateside with the release of their latest full-length album IS, out January 29, 2013 via Nettwerk Records. The album combines irresistible hooks and infectious melodies with dreamy keyboards and crystal clear guitars, all of which can be heard on lead single “Big Blue Wave,” available digitally on December 11, 2012 (watch the video above).

Hey Ocean!—Dave Vertesi [vocals/bass], Ashleigh Ball [vocals/flute], David Beckingham [vocals/guitar]—are three mischievous personalities who, when combined, form a dynamic live presence that keeps concertgoers captivated and on their feet. Whether headlining or opening for the likes of Cat Empire and Bedouin Soundclash, the trio consistently enchants the initiated and uninitiated alike, leaving crowds smiling every time.

Stay tuned for U.S. tour news in the coming weeks.

Hamburg-Based Duo BOY Signs To Nettwerk; Debut Album Due Out Early 2013

Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the latest addition to its label roster, BOY – a contagious confection that is spreading across the internet like wildfire. Since conquering their native Germany and Switzerland, the Hamburg-based duo is ready to ship their sharp brand of pop to the rest of the world.

Nettwerk will release BOY’s debut album, Mutual Friends, in North America early next year, with tour dates to follow. The album has already sold over 100,000 copies in Germany, while their irresistible debut single “Little Numbers” boasts over 6 million YouTube views and counting (watch above).

Of the signing, Nettwerk Co-founder and VP of International A&R/Publishing Mark Jowett says, “Nettwerk is thrilled to have signed BOY. They have crafted this album like a perfect diamond…with gorgeous vocals, timeless lyrics and impeccable arrangements. We can't wait to share their fantastic debut with North America.”

'Isn't This World Enough: A Nettwerk Christmas' Out Nov 20th, Featuring fun., Great Lake Swimmers, Family of the Year and More!

The 2012 holiday season has officially arrived. Store shelves that recently housed Halloween candy and witch hats are suddenly stocked with tree lights, garland and red and green-colored chocolate kisses, which means it’s also time for Nettwerk Music Group’s yearly holiday offering. Isn’t This World Enough: A Nettwerk Christmas is out November 20th.

Isn’t This World Enough: A Nettwerk Christmas features previously unreleased, original Christmas songs from Great Lake Swimmers, Current Swell, Ash Koley and Liam Titcomb, as well as original holiday tracks from fun., Family of the Year, Jay Brannan, Hey Ocean! and more. Traditional holiday songs also appear on the album, like Sixpence None The Richer’s rendition of “Angels We Have Heard On High,” The Rifles brit-rock take on “Sleigh Bells” and a newly arranged version of “Silent Night” from Joshua Hyslop. The title track comes from Scottish orchestral folk/rock band Admiral Fallow.

Listen to a sampling of Isn’t This World Enough: A Nettwerk Christmas here: 

Isn’t This World Enough: A Nettwerk Christmas track listing:
*1. fun. - "Believe In Me"
*2. Family of the Year - "OMG It's Christmas"
3. Sixpence None The Richer - "Angels We Have Heard on High"
*^4. Great Lake Swimmers - "Hang A String Of Lights"
*^5. Liam Titcomb - "Generosity"
*^6. Ash Koley - "If I Had A Lighthouse"
*7. Jay Brannan - "Dear Santa"
^8. Joshua Hyslop - "Silent Night"
*9. Hey Ocean! - "Tonight It's Christmas Time"
^10. The Rifles - "Sleigh Ride"
*11. Admiral Fallow - "Isn't This World Enough"
*^12. Current Swell - "Christmas Alone"
*^13. Joshua Hyslop - "Winter's Night"
*14. Aliqua - "Christmas Angel"

* Original
^ Previously unreleased

The Nettwerk Fall Music Sampler 2012 Is Here!

Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share its Fall Music Sampler 2012, highlighting some of the most exciting music coming from Nettwerk artists this fall, as well as some recent favorites. It's available here: http://amzn.to/SZIDs3.

The sampler features stand-out tracks from the label's latest signings, like the buzzed about LA-based band Family of the Year (who LA Weekly describes as an “off-center California pop sound for the here and now”), UK-born singer/songwriter Passenger (who NME says shows “heaps of style and intelligence”), Scottish indie-folk band Admiral Fallow (who Mojo calls "Scottish indie-rock's new champs"), Chinese-born, Vancouver-based artist Wanting (whose debut album Everything In The World is already triple Platinum in China), and Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Joshua Hyslop (who the CBC has called "superbly talented").  It also includes songs from favorite Nettwerk artists such as Morgan Page, Delerium, whose upcoming album is their first new studio release in six years, State Radio, Great Lake Swimmers and Junkie XL.

Current Swell Signs To Nettwerk To Release 'Long Time Ago' October 16 (Free MP3!)

Victoria, B.C.-based roots rock outfit Current Swell have joined Nettwerk’s label roster to release their new album, Long Time Ago, on October 16, 2012. To celebrate, the band is currently offering the album bonus track, “Young and Able,” as a free download. 

Download Album Bonus Track "Young and Able" Here: 

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