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.
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share the Nettwerk Fall Music Sampler 2011, featuring stand-out tracks from current label artists such as Peter Murphy, Ladytron, Frazey Ford, Great Lake Swimmers, William Fitzsimmons and many more. This Fall Sampler not only highlights some of the great music that's come from label over the past year, but also serves as an introduction to those music lovers not as familiar with Nettwerk's artist. Get it free on Amazon.com here: http://amzn.to/pYw9PL.
Nettwerk Music Group is happy to share some exciting updates from its Management arm. Over the past few months, Nettwerk's Management Roster has expanded with multiple new signings: Shiny Toy Guns, Avalanche City, Hey Ocean, Gareth Dunlop, Joshua Hyslop, Radical Face, Liam Titcomb and Lucie Silvas. Read below for more information on each artist.
“For 26 years, Nettwerk has fostered and supported great new talent. I’m incredibly proud of these new additions to the roster and excited to present them to the world wide stage,” says Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride. “The coming year also brings anticipated new albums from some of our established artists like fun. and Katherine Jenkins. Our goal has always been to be the best, not biggest, at what we do.”
In addition to these new signings, Nettwerk Management has seen great successes with a couple of its established clients. Roots rock band Dispatch, featuring vocalist Chad Stokes (also of Nettwerk-managed and recording artist State Radio), returned to the road for a national tour after a 10-year hiatus. In spite of limited national media attention, Dispatch drew nearly 150,000 fans from all over the world to see this limited run of 13 dates. The tour closed with three consecutive nights at Boston's famed TD Garden, which was a fitting exclamation point on a tour that saw the band sell out a 25,000 seat soccer stadium just outside of New York City and a three-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver.
On the other end of the spectrum, Lemonade Mouth (Walt Disney Records), the soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie by the same name featuring Nettwerk-managed artist Bridgit Mendler, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release in April and has gone on to sell nearly 325,000 units.
(Keep reading for more information on Nettwerk's new management signings...)
Today, Nettwerk co-founder Mark Jowett presents"Tweety Bird (feat. Tea Petrovic)," the first "storysingle" of nine from his upcoming book Tubers, out in November. In this new "storysingle" format, "Tweety Bird" combines an E-story with a mini-soundtrack to that story, along with remixes of the track by Dominican Republic's Pacha Massive and Toronto's Jeremy Glenn.
Travelling in the subways of New York, London and Paris over the years in his role as a partner at Nettwerk, Jowett (Cinderpop/Moev) began to construct stories around the extraordinary characters he would meet in the subways, along with music that included “found sounds” of trains and overheard conversations he would record while riding the trains.
The result is Tubers, a collection of nine stories with three taking place in each city. Each story has a musical theme and an illicit or nefarious act. Tubers will be published by Read Leaf books in early November. The book contains mesmerizing illustrations, a limited edition 7” and a coupon to download the accompanying Tubers album (Popoganda Records/Nettwerk), which features vocals by Kevan Ellis, Tea Petovic and Heather Ray, combined with bonus remixes by Pacha Massive and renowned house minimalist Kate Simko.
Oscar®, Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning composers have completed A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project, a musical collaboration to benefit the victims of last year’s earthquake in Haiti. Produced by Christopher Lennertz and Steve Schnur, the album features the unique musical voices of 25 composers, in addition to 90 musicians and a 60-person choir. Composers include Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant, A Chorus Line, The Way We Were), John Debney (The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, Iron Man 2), Christopher Young (Spiderman 3, The Grudge) and Dave Grusin (The Milagro Bean Field War, The Fabulous Baker Boys). All proceeds will go through partner charity, Hands Together.
Nettwerk publishing artist Los Campesinos! has just announced plans to release a new album, Hello Sadness. The album comes out November 14 in the UK on Wichita and November 15 in North America on Arts & Crafts. The ten-song album was recorded in Girona, Spain and produced by John Goodmanson, who also worked with the band on their last two albums.
Vocalist Gareth Campesinos! commented, "It feels like we’ve done all our growing up while in this band. Not like we’re Hanson, or anything. But we’ve been Los Campesinos! since finishing university, and in that time we’ve all changed as people massively. That’s something we want to put across in the music."
Pre-orders are available on the band's website, including a limited edition DVD containing a behind-the-scenes documentary "and a 'How to Play' feature," as well as a CD collecting early demos.
Nettwerk joined the Spotify party last month and has been having a fun time creating playlists to share with other Spotify users. Currently, users can subscribe to the Nettwerk Records 2011 playlist to hear stand-out tracks from some of our 2011 releases. We've also created various "Best Of" playlists from some of Nettwerk's most popular artists over the years, including Skinny Puppy, Angus & Julia Stone, Morgan Page, Old Crow Medicine Show and more. Check out Nettwerk on Spotify HERE.