Nettwerk Music Group (NMG) announced today that AJ Burton has been named Director Of Publishing, NMG Nashville, to expand the presence of NMG’s publishing division, Nettwerk One (NW1).
Nettwerk’s relationship with AJ began in 2011 with the initiation of a partnership between NW1 and Revelry Music Group, an independent Nashville publishing company co-founded by Burton. Through the joint venture, NW1 and Revelry signed several successful Nashville writers, like Neil Mason and Jessie Jo Dillon. In his new roll with Nettwerk, Burton will seek new writing talent, as well as opportunities for current NW1 clients in Nashville.
“I’m thrilled to have AJ join the Nettwerk team,” says Nettwerk’s Blair McDonald. “He’s been a great partner to us through our joint venture with Revelry Music Group, and I look forward to working closely with him to develop our own roster of talented Nashville songwriters.”
Says Burton, “It’s been a fantastic 3+ years working closely with the Nettwerk staff. I am honored to have this opportunity to build Nettwerk’s Nashville presence and to continue my responsibilities with our shared Nettwerk/Revelry writers and artists.”
Gruff Rhys announces details of the first single from his forthcoming album American Interior. The title track from Gruff’s luscious sonic travelogue about the incredible true journey of Welshman John Evans is available to listen to now on Soundcloud. It is officially released on April 28th. Gruff’s fourth solo album is due for release on Turnstile on May 5th.
“Little Mix storm US iTunes chart with new song 'Stand Down'” - Digital Spy
“Little Mix touched down in the U.S. last year with surprising force, scoring the highest-ever chart debut for a British girl group's first album” – LA Times
UK pop girl group Little Mix’s sophomore album Salute (Syco/Columbia) is proving to be a cross-over with its #1 debut on the US iTunes chart. Acclaimed Nettwerk One writer Shaznay Lewis contributed three tracks to Salute: “These Four Walls,” “Stand Down,” and “About A Boy.”
Lewis first worked with Little Mix on their 2012 debut DNA, which holds the record for highest-charting debut by a UK girl group in America at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. The track Lewis penned, “How Ya Doin” feat. Missy Elliot, became Little Mix’s fifth consecutive top 20 hit in the UK.
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s six-piece ensemble, Royal Canoe, has been nominated for a Juno Award in the Alternative Album Of The Year category for their debut full-length album, Today We Are Believers. The record was released to rave reviews in the U.S., Canada and UK on September 3, 2013 via Roll Call Records. Competing against Royal Canoe for Alternative Album Of The Year is The Arcade Fire, Rah Rah, The Darcys and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in Winnipeg, MB on March 30, 2014.
Up next for Royal Canoe is a U.S. tour supporting English indie rockers, Bombay Bicycle Club. See below for the full list of tour dates. Tickets are on-sale now.
From left to right: AJ Burton (Revelry), Jessie Jo Dillon, Melissa Emert-Hutner (Nettwerk One)
“Brandy Clark, [Kacey] Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Jessie Jo Dillon and Mark Stephen Jones are among a friendly gang of co-conspirators who are finding fresh ways to write successful contemporary country songs.” – USA Today
Grammy®-nominated songwriter Jessie Jo Dillon has extended her publishing agreement with Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music Group.
One of Nashville’s finest young writers, Dillon contributed three songs to Brandy Clark’s critically-acclaimed debut album 12 Stories:: “Crazy Women,” “Just Like Him,” and “Hungover.” In the past, she has also worked with such artists as George Strait, Rodney Atkins, Craig Morgan, LeAnn Rimes, Carly Pearce, Craig Campbell, Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis.
Acclaimed NW1 writer/producer Fredro recently returned from a very successful two-week writing trip to Japan, a market where he's recently seen a great deal of success, having extensively worked with artists such as Namie Amuro, Tohoshinki, and Ai.
Both Namie Amuro’s album Feel, which featured Fredro’s song “Hands On Me,” and Tohoshinki’s album Secret Code, featuring “Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattandarō?,” were certified platinum in Japan. Feel was also the second most sold album worldwide, just behind Jay Z, on release week.
Although halfway across the world and submersed in an entirely different culture, Fredro was able to find a piece of home. Lil’ Eddie (seen above with Fredro), a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum American singer/songwriter who Fredro collaborated with on his album Emotional (“Miracles” and “Save Me From Myself”), released the aforementioned album in Japan at the end of October. Since then, Lil’ Eddie hit #1 on the Japanese iTunes Soul chart with his single “Miracles,” featuring TLC’s T-Boz. Previously, Lil’ Eddie had released three #1 albums in Japan.
"Just Like Him," a track co-written by Nettwerk One/Revelry client Jessie Jo Dillon for Brandy Clark's album 12 Stories, was included in NPR Music's round-up of the best songs of 2013. Says NPR's Ann Powers, "Her stories are…so intimate, they're full of homey details, and they really tell the regular lives of regular people in that great country way." See the full list here: http://n.pr/18mj8KG
From left to right: Kelby Ray, Jaren Johnston, Connie Britton (from Nashville), Neil Mason
The Cadillac Three, featuring Nettwerk One/Revelry publishing client Neil Mason, stopped by the set of ABC hit series Nashville yesterday. The band, pictured above getting cozy with Nashville star Connie Britton, shot a scene where they performed their song "The South," which will be featured on the band's upcoming album. Keep an eye out for their episode, set to air in early 2014!
“12 Stories is one of those rare albums whose every song is worth hearing — every one is that striking, that textured and finely detailed.” – NPR
“Brandy Clark, [Kacey] Musgraves, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Jessie Jo Dillon and Mark Stephen Jones are among a friendly gang of co-conspirators who are finding fresh ways to write successful contemporary country songs.” – USA Today “Find this record and listen to a dozen dazzlingly witty and insightful takes on…neglected and/or mistreated women (‘Crazy Women,’ ‘The Day She Got Divorced’)… and the pros and cons of chemical mood enhancers (‘Hungover,’ ‘Get High’).” –LA Times
Country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark is taking Nashville by storm with her acclaimed debut album, 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records), which reached #5 on the iTunes Country Chart, #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #28 on the Billboard Country Chart.
A talented songwriter herself (she recently received a CMA nomination for Song of the Year with Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”), Clark also enlisted the help of some of Nashville’s finest young writers, including Nettwerk One/Revelry client Jessie Jo Dillon. Dillon contributed three tracks to 12 Stories: “Crazy Women,” “Just Like Him,” and “Hungover,” the album’s second single.
Tastemakers across country music are chiming in on 12 Stories, including some famous friends. Kelly Clarkson admitted via Twitter that Dillon-penned song “Just Like Him” made her “tear up like a baby”…”great song” she says. See more tweets below.
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of UK-based duo Coves to its worldwide label and publishing rosters.
The highly buzzed about 60’s infused, indie psych-rock duo released their debut EP Cast A Shadow and follow up single “Last Desire” in 2012, and quickly won the support of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Nick Grimshaw and more, as well as attention from influential press outlets like NME, The Fly, Clash, Dazed & Confused and The Guardian, who featured Coves in its coveted “New Band Of The Day” column. They also peaked the interest of industry legend James Endeacott, who A&R’d The Strokes and signed TheLibertines. Endeacott signed the band to a management deal with his current company, Oh Mercy Management. Coves caught Nettwerk’s attention when they played to a ravenous crowd earlier this year at Latitude Festival.
Coves, comprised of singer Rebekah Wood and multi-instrumentalist John Rigard, will headline London’s Electrwerkz on November 7 to celebrate the official release of “Beatings” (November 11 in UK; North American release date TBD), the first single from the band’s forthcoming debut album. Mixed by Brendan Lynch (Primal Scream, Paul Weller), Clash Magazine says of the track, “With those driving, Spector-esque drums and that sweeping grandeur, theirs is a teenage melodrama fuelled by a passion for noise…swirling psychedelia with a visceral edge.”
Coves In The Press:
“‘Coves are catchy and cavernous, and in Nico-esque singer Rebekah Wood they have a cruel chanteuse crushing indie hearts with a mere sneer.” – NME
“Presenting a sparkling set of silvery pop songs, Coves exude a similarly grizzled attitude to The Kills, bolstering their sassy spirit with tinges of 60s psychedelia…”- The Fly
“It's music that's as tense and urgent as it is brooding and pensive, with savage and sweet lyrics wound around shredded guitars.” – Dazed & Confused