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Nettwerk Music Grouphas started off the New Year on a high note, coming off of an exciting 2012 across all facets of the company.
On the management side, the biggest story of the year was fun., who broke out with their smash single “We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae” from sophomore album Some Nights (Fueled by Ramen). The single has gone on to sell over 10.5 million digital copies worldwide and boasts more than 160 million YouTube views, while the album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. The band ended the year with six Grammy® nominations including Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Song of the Year.
Internationally, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting (who is signed to Nettwerk's management, label and publishing rosters) 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 is nominated for 10 Chinese Music Chart Awards (similar to the Grammy Awards), including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Singer/Songwriter of the Year.
LA-based band Family of the Year, who sits on Nettwerk’s management and label rosters, saw a local buzz early last year grow into full-fledged national acclaim. Their track “Hero” debuted at #28 on the Triple A Chart (now Top 10), leading Billboard Magazine to highlight them in their “Bubbling Under” weekly feature. The band has seen huge licensing success, with tracks featured in the HBO series Girls, a national Advil television commercial, and a major placement in the anticipated film Thanks For Sharing, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo. They ended 2012 with their debut national TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, and a nod from the Huffington Post, which said, "Family of the Year should be going places besides their next tour stop. Loma Vista is pure pop bliss...it deserves to appear on many year-end Top 10 lists."
Label artist Passenger started off 2013 with his latest album, All The Little Lights,achieving its highest chart ranking (#7) on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, where it has appeared for 22 straight weeks and counting. The video for lead single “Let Her Go” exploded on YouTube, gaining 6 million views over two months and bringing the current total to 7 million. In the UK, iTunes named All The Little Lights the “Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012.” Passenger’s fan-base grew exponentially after extensive tour dates with Ed Sheeran in the U.S. and Europe, leading to his own sold-out debut headline tour in December. He is currently in the midst of a sold-out UK/European headline run.
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce an innovative and original new music venture called Nettrax, a full-service electronic music label that will directly solicit and launch standout tracks and albums from a diverse and growing talent pool of musicians and artists in the electronic music scene. With each release, the Los Angeles-based company will provide marketing strategies, as well as digital and/or physical distribution.
Partnering with Nettwerk in establishing and guiding Nettrax is Jared Barboza, who has spent his career managing and implementing strategic development at both Virgin Entertainment and Napster before starting his own artist management company, Abbott Monroe (Morgan Page, Andy Caldwell, Revolvr). A specialist in artist development and music marketing strategy, Barboza will consult on all Nettrax partnerships and new talent acquisition.
“Applying Nettwerk’s established reputation as a label devoted to artist development has enormous potential for the EDM market. The two most common scenarios available for an artist right now is to either sign with a major label who will want a huge commitment up front, or sign with a small label who has limited resources when trying to reach a broader market. Nettrax is the perfect balance between the two,” says Barboza.
Of the new venture, Mark Jowett, VP International A&R/Publishing of Nettwerk Music Group, adds, “Throughout its history, Nettwerk has been a home for iconic electronic artists like Skinny Puppy, Tiësto, Delerium, BT, Junkie XL and Morgan Page. We're elated to now have a label where we can closely work with up and coming, promising artists in the electronic genre; which at the moment is one of the most revolutionary areas of the music business.”
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.
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
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 iTunesCanada'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 UKiTunes 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 iTunesCanada 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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"