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.
Watch lyric Videos for new holiday songs from Jay Brannan, Liam Titcomb and Joshua Hyslop above.
Nettwerk celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with A Winter's Night 2011, a collection of 20 holiday songs from your favorite Nettwerk recording artists. Enjoy new and inspired interpretations of holiday standards, and be surprised by unexpected duets and original recordings. Artists featured on the compilation include fun., BarenakedLadies, Sarah McLachlan, Jay Brannan,Ash Koley, The Be Good Tanyas, The Format, Leigh Nash, and two of Nettwerk's latest signings: Liam Titcomb and Joshua Hyslop. See below for a full tracklisting, and happy holidays from everyone at Nettwerk!
Nettwerk One Publishingartist Michael Hadres, akaPerfume Genius, will release his new album Put Your Back N 2 It on February 20, 2012 UK label Organs (Turnstile).His debut LP Learning, released in 2010, firmly established Seattle native Hadreas as one of the most singular new voices in music, winning plaudits across the pond, including Guardian, Dazed and Confused and Mojo in the UK, and Pitchfork, Spin Magazine, Interview and more in the US.
Where Learning was stark and confessional however, Put Your Back N 2 It is lush and universal. It sees an expansion of both his thematic and sonic palette, playing as a broad meditation on intimacy, power, family, secrecy and hope, not just through his impressionistic lyrics, but also through the music itself. Check out the taster track “All Waters” here. Perfume Genius will also be heading over to the UK for a clutch of highly anticipated live dates in the spring.
Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” the break-out single from their 2004 debut album O.C.M.S., has been certified GOLD® by the RIAA®, with sales nearing 600,000 digital tracks. To celebrate, the band will release a “Wagon Wheel” Limited Edition 7” Vinyl on November 22, 2011.
Originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later finished by Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, "Wagon Wheel" remains the band's most revered and top-selling single. The 7" vinyl will be numbered and feature a previously unreleased b-side, "All Night Long" (Live). To pre-order the “Wagon Wheel” Limited Edition 7” Vinyl, visit: http://amzn.to/uv62qG.
Secor reflects on the history of “Wagon Wheel”:
“Wagon Wheel” is a gold record 75 years in the making. Back in 1995, I first heard Bob Dylan sing that striking chorus on his unfinished 1972 studio outtake of “Rock Me Mama”. Being an audacious, banjo-picking teenager, I quickly rattled off three verses and rushed it out to coffeehouses and street corners, singing it to anyone who would listen. In 2003, seeking a copyright to the song, I learned that Dylan had credited it to Memphis songster Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who recorded the 1950’s boogie-woogie number “Rock Me Mama.” From there, I learned that Crudup attributed the song to Mississippi-turned-Chicagoan Big Bill Broonzy, who recorded it way back in the late 1920’s. So, from Big Bill to Big Boy to Bob and on down to me, “Wagon Wheel” has become a true American folksong, borrowed, half-stolen, and sung out far and wide. The rest, as they say, is history.
Young Liars and Nettwerk co-founders snap a photo with the infamaous Spirit Bear in front of Nettwerk's Vancouve office. (From left to right: Andrew Beck, Jordan Raine, Angelo Ismirnioglou, Ty Badali, Wesley Nickel, Mark Jowett (Nettwerk), Ric Arboit (Nettwerk), Digory Smallz (Young Liars Managmeent)
Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of Young Liars to its label roster. The Vancouver-based band, comprised of five multi-instrumentalists, is revered as an integral part of the ever-changing local soundscape, deftly experimenting with synth-pop, electronic and indie rock to create catchy indie pop hooks. Stay tuned for more news on Young Liars, including information on their upcoming debut full-length being released in 2012.
fun. has announced the upcoming release of their eagerly awaited album: SOME NIGHTS arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on February 21st, 2012.
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, Aim and Ignite, fun. decided to raise the stakes with this album, their first on Fueled By Ramen, by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Drake). A behind-the-scenes look at the making of SOME NIGHTS is streaming now at Complex.com HERE.
The first single from SOME NIGHTS, “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe),” is available now via all digital retailers. The single has already generated quite a buzz, hitting the top 3 on The Hype Machine music blog aggregator in its first week of release, not to mention the top 5 on iTunes’ “Top Alternative Songs” sales ranking. What’s more, “We Are Young” has received major airplay from KCRW’s influential Morning Becomes Eclectic, while USA Today applauded the “baroque indie-popsters” for “(making) a counterintuitive play for the big time, slowing down for the massive sing-along chorus.”
The band will launch a preorder for a limited edition 7” vinyl version of the single on November 28 through the Fueled By Ramen webstore, http://store.fueledbyramen.com/, which will also unveil the song “One Foot” from SOME NIGHTS as the b-side.
A companion video clip for “We Are Young” is currently in pre-production. A video of fun. performing an acoustic version of the song with Janelle Monáe is up on the band’s site, www.ournameisfun.com (and featured above).
Nettwerk is excited to announce the addition of Toronto-based singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb to its label roster. Liam has toured across Canada with established acts like Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, David Usher & Colin James. In 2006, he was nominated for the Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group or Solo Artist (Hot AC) for his debut album on Columbia with Grammy-winning producer Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson). He self-released his sophomore album, Can’t Let Go, which was recorded in Nashville with Jay Joyce (Patti Griffin, Derek Trucks). He has lived between Nashville and the UK over the past year and is currently working on his third album.
Liam (who is also a recent addition to the Nettwerk Management roster) is set to release a beautiful rendition of the favorite holiday song "Silver Bells" on November 15th in iTunes, with his Nettwerk debut full-length coming in 2012.
New York End LTD, in conjunction with Nettwerk Management, is pleased to announce a new partnership with LME Management.
Through its current partnership, New York End/Nettwerk handles the careers of such rising artists as Lissie, The Pierces and Bridgit Mendler, as well as established talent like Katherine Jenkins. The new co-management partnership between New York End/Nettwerk and LME will allow New York End to continue to develop its business with a focus on developing acts for international success.
Beyond this, Nettwerk has announced the signings of various new management clients to be handled from its offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles and London—including Irish singer songwriter Gareth Dunlop, one of Canada's best young bands Hey Ocean, and international buzz-band Avalanche City—adding to an already diverse and hugely successful international roster that boasts such acts as Stereophonics, Nneka, fun. and Guster.
Nettwerk Management client Hey Ocean has just inked a label deal with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. With three Vancouverites at its core (Ashleigh Ball, David Beckingham, & David Vertesi), Hey Ocean is to many the quintessential West Coast band.
On November 1, after a three year hiatus, Hey Ocean are set to release their anticipated digital EP titled, Big Blue Wave. The EP, which includes the band’s forthcoming radio single of the same name, features four brand new recordings.
After being independent for over half a decade, the release of Big Blue Wave will be Hey Ocean’s first since signing with Universal Music Canada. Historically, the band has been hands-on every step of the way, releasing through their own label, Pop Machine and touring tirelessly from coast to coast. Their captivating and energetic live show has not only earned them the loyalty of an ever-expanding fan base, but also the reputation for being one of Canada’s best young bands.