Artists from across the Nettwerk Music Group family are in Austin for SXSW this week. Check out which artists from our label, management and publishing rosters will be attending and their schedules below. We also put together special SXSW playlists on Spotify and Rdio featuring tracks from some of these artists. Check them out!
Nettwerk's Spring Music Sampler 2012 is available now on Amazon, and it's free! The sampler features tracks from some of Nettwerk's most anticipated 2012 releases from artists like Great Lake Swimmers, Morgan Page, Admiral Fallow, Jay Brannan, Family of the Year, JoshuaHyslop and more. Check it out here: http://amzn.to/zLS0AR.
With SXSW just around the corner, Nettwerk Records is excited to share details on its label artists who will be appearing in Austin: Great Lake Swimmers, Family Of The Year and Kidstreet. Keep reading for information on each artist and their schedules.
Great Lake Swimmers
Toronto’s indie folk/rock darlings Great Lake Swimmers (GLS) will release their fifth studio album, New Wild Everywhere, on April 3rd. The album captures all of the excitement and intuitive musicianship of a group at the peak of their creative powers, with 12 new tracks that reveal a depth and maturity only previously hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. The first single (and the band’s most upbeat song to date), “Easy Come Easy Go,” just grabbed the #1 spot on Canada’s CBC Radio 3’s R3-30, signaling one of the fastest rises of any single to the top of that chart. New Wild Everywhere is the follow up to 2009’s Lost Channels, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, was a favorite among influential bloggers and NPR staff, and received public endorsements by the likes of Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and cyclist Lance Armstrong. Watch the video for “Easy Come Easy Go” above or here: http://bit.ly/z4CX4v.
Family Of The Year
(Keep readin for more information and schedules...)
It's an exciting day for Nettwerk Management client fun.Their sophomore album and Fueled By Ramen debut Some Nights has proven a major breakthrough for the band, debuting at #2 on Billboard’s “Top Current Albums” chart and at #3 on the Billboard 200, with nearly 70,000 copies sold in its first week. Some Nights also topped Billboard’s “Vinyl Albums” chart, beating out Sleigh Bells and Lana Del Ray for the #1 spot. Furthermore, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)” has claimed #1 on Billboard’s “Digital Songs” chart, #6 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart, and is #3 at Alternative Rock radio with over 1 million single sales to date. Produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake), Some Nights sees the band marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
Also, the band's acclaimed debut album Aim & Ignite (2009; Nettwerk) is back on the charts with nearly 5,000 copies sold in the past week alone. Nettwerk is celebrating fun.'s success by making the Aim & Ignite deluxe vinyl available once again at Amazon and indie retailers.
“…Her most powerful set in two decades.” –The Telegraph
“It’s a work of subtle beauty – a cavalcade of warm strings and textured, intricate song structures that intertwine with the singer’s unmistakable vocals.” –GQ (UK)
In case you missed it, Nettwerk One publishing client and acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor released a brand new video for “The Wolf Is Getting Married,” off her new album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? . Watch it above.
Her ninth studio album, and the latest release in a career spanning 25 years and millions of record sales worldwide, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? is as show stopping a performance as her silver jubilee deserves, and ranks as one of her best and most confident pieces of work so far.
Produced by long-term collaborator John Reynolds, its ten tracks play like an encyclopedic definition of O’Connor’s oeuvre: songs about love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, anger and justice. This is an album of consistently moving, exciting, brilliant and beautiful songs built around Sinead’s voice at its very best – raw and passionate.
fun.’s current hit "We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” transforms into an adventure anthem in Chevy’s new Sonic campaign, which kicks off with the broadcast debut of the above spot this Sunday during Super Bowl XLVI.
The commercial features professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek participating in 100% real stunts (skydiving, bungee jumping, kick flipping acts) all to the soundtrack of fun.’s “We Are Young.” Watch the band's official video for the track HERE.
Catch fun. on tour next month – see itinerary below.
Nettwerk One publishing client Los Campesinos! appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman last night, where they performed their new single "By Your Hand" off of their latest critically-acclaimed album Hello Sadness. Check it out above.
Nettwerk is thrilled to announce that Scottish indie-folk band and NW1 publishing client Admiral Fallow is the latest addition to the company's label roster. The five-piece band, led by singer/guitarist Louis Abbott, have been on a seemingly unstoppable mission to capture the hearts and minds of listeners everywhere with beautiful melodies, sumptuous orchestration and bittersweet boy/girl vocals, while unforgettably colonizing the latter thanks to Abbott's exquisitely observed, hauntingly candid lyrics.
Completed by fellow vocalist Sarah Hayes (also flute, piano), Kevin Brolly (clarinet, keyboards, backing vocals), Joe Rattray (bass, double bass, backing vocals) and Philip Hague (drums, vibraphone, backing vocals), Admiral Fallow's richly distinctive mesh of acoustic and electric textures with multilayered harmonies has gained a fast-expanding fanbase either side of the Pond, prominently including Guillemots' Fyfe Dangerfield, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and BBC2's 'Whispering' Bob Harris. They made their stateside debut with an appearance at last year's SXSW, where they received praise from NPR's influential All Songs Considered and Paste Magazine. They followed their triumphant SXSW performances with a busy summer of European festivals, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man, End Of The Road, Sligo Live, Crossing Border and many more.
Having met while studying at university in Glasgow, Admiral Fallow formed in 2007 (as the Brother Louis Collective: the name-change came in early 2010), through a shared love of such left-field luminaries as Tom Waits, Low, Midlake, Elbow, King Creosote and Bruce Springsteen – all filtered through Abbott's unflinchingly personal, resolutely Scottish sensibility. They released their debut Boots Met My Face in 2011, which the BBC called "devastatingly downtrodden and wonderfully uplifting. . . surprising and enthralling. . . finely crafted material played superbly well.”
Stay tuned for more news from Admiral Fallow, including information on their 2012 sophomore album.
As 2011 comes to a close, Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share a year-end recap of some significant milestones the label has achieved in Canada.
Toronto’s revered indie-folk/rock band Great Lake Swimmers saw their Juno-nominated album Lost Channels exceed 16,000 copies sold, bringing their career sales to nearly 30,000 albums in their home country. Meanwhile, Australian sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, whose sophomore album Down The Way debuted at #118 on the Canadian Soundscan Album Chart, saw their album surpass 10,000 copies sold in Canada, with break-out single “Big Jet Plane” exceeding 11,000 in track sales.
Nettwerk has also been focused on expanding its label roster over the past 12 months with the addition of various up-and-coming Canadian talents, including Vancouver-based folk singer/songwriter Joshua Hyslop, Waterloo sibling trio Kidstreet, Toronto-born folk/rock artist Liam Titcomb and Vancouver-based electro synth-pop fivesome Young Liars. More information on each artist is below.
“Since its inception over 25 years ago, Nettwerk has remained committed to the flourishing Canadian music scene,” says Nettwerk President Ric Arboit. “We’ve signed some amazing Canadian talent in the past months are excited to be redoubling out efforts in 2012.”
In addition to new albums from the aforementioned label roster additions, 2012 brings anticipated releases from some of Nettwerk’s most loved Canadian artists, including 2010 Juno-Nominees Great Lake Swimmers and Vancouver’s Frazey Ford (of the Be Good Tanyas). Angus & Julia Stone will also return with new music following the worldwide success of sophomore album Down The Way, and Grammy-nominated remixer/prdoucer Morgan Page will release his new single “Body Work,” a collaboration with Canadian indie duo Tegan & Sara.
It's been an exciting week for fun. Having already received widespread acclaim for their new single "We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)," the track burst onto Billboard's Digital Songs Chart this week at #25 with nearly 50,000 tracks sold, bringing their total track sales to nearly 70,000. The breakthrough single is the first off the band's forthcoming sophomore album Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen), which hits stores and digital retailers on February 21, 2012. Additionally, sales of the band's debut album, 2009's Aim & Ignite (Nettwerk) nearly quadrupled this week with over 1,500 copies sold.
The sales numbers come off of a big week of national attention for the band. The December 6th episode of Fox's smash series Glee saw the cast perform their rendition of "We Are Young," followed by the band's own performance of the single on the December 8th installment of Last Call With Carson Daly. These two major hits only added fuel to the rapidly growing fire surrounding radio airplay. "We Are Young" is receiving enormous amounts of early airplay in major markets such as Philadelphia (WRFF), Los Angeles (98.7) and most recently Seattle (KNDD), with the single already reaching #25 on the Alternative Radio Chart this week.
With Some Nights, fun. decided to raise the stakes by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake). The band and Bhasker have worked to evolve the idiosyncratic fun. sound by marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
The band recently announced a major North American tour in support of Some Nights that launches February 29th in South Burlington, Vermont's Higher Ground. See below for full list of dates and stay tuned for more exciting news from fun.