J-Pop star Kumi Koda released her twelfth studio album on March 18th entitled WALK OF MY LIFE (Avex Records).
Skyrocketing to the top of the Oricon Weekly Album Chart,Walk Of My Life sold 39,000 copies on the first day alone. NW1 writer/producer Fredro has three tracks featured on this release: “Like It” (second single on WOML), “You Can Keep Up With Me,” and “Introduction ~Walk of My Life~”.
Fredro is no stranger to J-Pop success, having written Namie Amuro's certified platinum hit “Hands on Me,” as well as several K-Pop smashes (Wonder Girls' certified 7x Platinum hit “G.N.O.” among them).
Nettwerk Music Group (Nettwerk) announced today that it has acquired Robot of the Century Music, an independent music publisher founded out of Roadrunner Records, the pre-eminent worldwide rock label, by its former chairman Cees Wessels.
Under the acquisition, Nettwerk’s teams throughout North America and Europe will work directly with the songwriters on the Robot of the Century roster, which includes such marquee rock artists/songwriters as Young The Giant, Black Stone Cherry, Jesse Leach (of Killswitch Engage) and Trivium.
Nettwerk President/COO Simon Mortimer-Lamb says, “We are very excited to welcome the Robot of the Century roster of artists and songwriters to Nettwerk. They have established themselves as some of the best in their genre and have achieved a global reach. We look forward to utilizing our teams throughout the world to ensure their continued growth and success.”
“[The] score from British composer Ilan Eshkeri doesn’t tell you how to feel, but rather how [Alice] feels: lost, emotional and anxious most of the time.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“The score, by Ilan Eshkeri, is also a standout, covering everything from beautiful notes in near-silence to sequences that are meant to — and do — evoke Alice's confusion and loss.” – James Rocchi, The Wrap
“Still Alice has an exceptionally lovely, yearning score by Ilan Eshkeri for violin, viola, cello, and piano.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine's Vulture
Nettwerk is proud to release the Still Alice: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on January 13, just a few days before the wide opening of the film on January 16. Composed by acclaimed British composer Ilan Eshkeri (The Young Victoria, Stardust), the score has already received critical praise for its beautiful accentuation of the film’s highly emotional journey, which follows Alice Howland (portrayed by 2015 Golden Globe-nominee Julianne Moore) as she struggles with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The album will also feature a cover of Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had A Boat” by British musician Karen Elson, which plays during the credits at the end of the film.
Ilan Eshkeri is an award-winning British composer known for his film scores to Stardust, The Young Victoria and Kick-Ass, as well as his many collaborations with recording artists and his concert work. Last Christmas saw Eshkeri’s score The Snowman and The Snowdog, the sequel to the British animated classic The Snowman, for which he earned BAFTA nomination.
Nettwerk is thrilled for its artists/clients recognized in the 57th Annual Grammy Award nominations. Passenger’s latest album Whispers has been recognized for its beautiful packaging with a nomination in the “Best Recording Package” category. Nettwerk Alum Old Crow Medicine Show have received a much-deserved Grammy nomination in the "Best Folk Album" category for their new album Remedy (ATO Records), which Nettwerk released in Canada.
On the publishing side, Nettwerk One writers Jessie Jo Dillon and Neil Mason both have songs on albums nominated for "Best Country Album." Dillon contributed three songs to Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories(“Crazy Women,” Hungover,” and “Just Like Him), while Mason wrote “Old Sh!t” for Miranda Lambert’s Platinum.
From left to right: AJ Burton (Nettwerk One), Mark Jowett (Nettwerk One), Barry Coburn (Ten Ten Music), Blair McDonald (Nettwerk One)
Nettwerk Music Group’s publishing division, Nettwerk One Music (NW1) announces this morning a 50% acquisition and a go-forward publishing joint venture with Nashville-based independent publishing company Ten Ten Music Group.
Under the acquisition agreement, NW1 now retains publishing interest in a number of significant hit songs, including, Miranda Lambert’s “Fastest Girl In Town,” Reba McEntire’s “Turn On The Radio,” Papa Roach’s “Kick In The Teeth,” Tracy Byrd’s “Watermelon Crawl,” Blake Shelton’s “The Baby,” Alan Jackson’s “Here In The Real World” and “Between The Devil And Me,” and many others. Furthermore, NW1 will take over worldwide copyright and administration duties for the existing catalogue and will provide Film, TV and Advertising sync services through its existing team based in Los Angeles, New York and London.
Through the joint venture, NW1 and Ten Ten will combine creative resources to work already signed writers David Lee, Porcelain Black, Scott Stepakoff and Femke Weidema, and will look to build on that roster together with Nettwerk Nashville Head, AJ Burton, and the Ten Ten team.
NW1’s Blair McDonald says, “We are thrilled to be in business with Barry Coburn and his team at Ten Ten. This opportunity immediately felt like a great fit for everyone involved. Barry has proven over the years that he has a great understanding of songs, songwriters and the world of music publishing. During his career, he has also been enormously successful as an artist manager, concert promoter, live agent and record company executive. That broad experience makes him a great partner for Nettwerk. This catalogue is a very significant addition to Nettwerk’s growing publishing business, but just as importantly, we look forward to building on the roster and creating one of the most vibrant, international and forward thinking independent publishing houses in Nashville.”
Ten Ten President Barry Coburn adds, "I am so glad to be launching a new beginning for Ten Ten Music Group with Nettwerk One Music. We discovered that we formed our independent companies, one in Vancouver, the other in Nashville, within a few days of one another 30 years ago in September. The spirit of entrepreneurship and the pursuit of great music was a major factor in us coming together in this new venture. Nettwerk has developed so many great artists and writers, as has Ten Ten, and we look forward to building a great strong presence as publishing partners.”
From left to right: Luke Foley (Combustion writer), Chris Van Belkom (Combustion), Freeman Wizer (Sea Gayle), Tony Livadas (Brass Knuckles), Anthony Pisano (Brass Knuckles), AJ Burton (Nettwerk/Revelry), Neil Mason (Nettwerk/Revelry writer) and Danny D’Brito (Brass Knuckles)
Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music, Combustion Music, Sea Gayle Music and Complete Control Management recently came together to host a 2-day writing camp combining Nashville writers with two EDM artists: Tritonal and Brass Knuckles. Writing sessions took place from 10am – 7pm at Blackbird Studios and Combustion Music offices, with performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI providing daily lunch.
Participating writers included: NW1/Revelry clients Neil Mason, Mike Fiorentino and Tammi Kidd Hutton, Combustion client Luke Foley, and Sea Gayle clients Bryan Simpson and Ingrid Andress.
Nettwerk’s AJ Burton says, “The idea of organizing an outside- the-box writing camp in Nashville intrigued me and my colleague Melissa Emert-Hutner, and after discussing the idea with our friends at Combustion, Sea Gayle and Complete Control Management, we decided to give it a shot. Combining forces between two thriving genres and pushing the limits and EDM artists’ ability to feature various artists on their records, it just made sense to us.”
Complete Control Management's head of A&R Joseph Pepin says, "I've toyed around with the idea of sending dance acts from Complete Control's roster to Nashville for a while now. When I began discussing the idea with my friends over at Nettwerk, Combustion and Sea Gayle, I found that they shared an equal amount of excitement for the idea, so we moved forward with it. I've always had the utmost respect for the songwriting that takes place in Nashville and the ability that the writers in this city have to tell a story in a unique way. I think it is safe to say that we are all really happy with the results of the camp, and we hope to have more outside the box collaborations of this type in the near future.”
The new music video for the haunting “Hold On,” available on The Best of Me Soundtrack, from singer/songwriter’s (and NW1 publishing clients) SHEL & Gareth Dunlop is now available for fans to view.
“Hold On,” a song that USA Today calls “twinkling” and “pining” appears on the soundtrack for the Nicholas Sparks penned film, The Best of Me, which hit stores on Oct. 7 via EMI Nashville in conjunction with Relativity Music. Relativity Studios’ film, The Best of Me, is now playing in theaters nationwide.
“Hold On” was written and performed by Gareth Dunlop and Eva Holbrook from SHEL.
1916 MGMT, Nettwerk One Music and Black Box Music host the first annual Merge Songwriting Camp to showcase some of the most successful international songwriters and producers from around the world (including Monsters & Strangerz, Jason Evignan and Chantal Kreviazuk).
The Merge Songwriting Camp vision is to showcase and provide Canadian talent with the opportunity to collaborate with the world’s best in a week of writing sessions guided by major record executives (includingAtlantic Records, Interscope Records and Capitol Records UK). The invite only sessions will be held from October 19 -25, at Revolution Recording in Toronto (36 Laing Street) with workshops running from 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. daily.
Music executives from various top worldwide music labels will be offering their expertise to writers and producers who were exclusively chosen to participate in the Merge Songwriting Camp. Each day the writers and producers will be given writing tasks via video conference calls with music executives to discuss label priorities and what major artist(s) they will be crafting for each day.
Media members are invited to attend a session to experience and chat with writers and producers. Please email Chrissy Newton at Chrissy@vocabcommunications.com to confirm a date and time.
“...melancholy yet propulsive soft rock that sounds like the midpoint between Dave Longstreth and Donald Fagen. You’d do well to listen to it.” — Stereogum
"It’s a polished, ambitious effort that puts melody and layered arrangements (created with composer Stefan Udell) at the forefront…” — Tiny Mix Tapes
Music savant (and NW1 client) Nicholas Krgovich, mostly known for his work with No Kids, Gigi and P:ano, will self-release his debut solo album On Sunset on October 7, 2014.
Having lived in Los Angeles for the past four years, On Sunset stands as a rich, widescreen tribute to a lost Los Angeles. Produced and mixed by John Collins (Destroyer, New Pornographers) and recorded by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers), the album is a sweeping Technicolor extravaganza. In the tradition of experimental music masquerading as pop (Avalon, Cupid & Psyche '85, Steve McQueen), On Sunset is a lonely, glamorous, late-night answer to a city's seductive and endless sprawl.
Watch The Video For “Along The PCH On Oscar Night” Here:
Pictured (L-R) Mark Mason (BMI), Leslie Roberts (BMI), Tammi Kidd Hutton, AJ Burton (Nettwerk)
Nettwerk One Music has signed songwriter Tammi Kidd Hutton to its expanding roster of talented songwriters, which includes Jessie Jo Dillon, Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three), Mike Fiorentino, Austin Jenckes and Archertown.
Tammi’s compositions have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Rascal Flatts,Scotty McCreery, Don Williams, Joe Nichols, Chris Cagle, Kellie Pickler and Leann Rimes. Her songs have been featured in the hit ABC series Nashville and in the movie Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.
Nettwerk’s AJ Burton says, “After meeting with Tammi and listening to her songs, I immediately knew she was someone I wanted to work with! I’m honored she’s entrusted myself and the Nettwerk staff with her songs.”