Passenger Hits 2 Billion YouTube Views For "Let Her Go"

The video for Passenger’s international hit single “Let Her Go” has this week surpassed two billion views on YouTube, joining a very exclusive club which includes Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” ft Bruno Mars, and Adele’s “Hello.”

Originally recorded in 2012, the single reached No.1 in 19 countries, with the accompanying album All The Little Lights achieving platinum or multi-platinum status in 11 countries. Passenger, aka Brighton’s Mike Rosenberg, is a streaming phenomenon who has also had well in excess of a billion streams on Spotify.

“Well now…this is completely ridiculous,” Passenger said of the news. “I don’t really know how to compute this information anymore…This song just keeps on going and going and is without doubt one of the most magical and bizarre things to have ever happened to me. Crazy that it happened to reach this milestone on the week of my 10th album being released too!”

Eduard Castelló, YouTube Music Content Partnerships Manager, UK and Ireland, commented on the achievement: "We're delighted to see Passenger hit such a remarkable milestone ahead of his new studio album release this week. Mike has developed such a deep and meaningful relationship with his fans on YouTube by adopting an always-on approach. He provides access to not only most-watched music videos, but also live versions, visualizers, and behind-the-scenes clips which allow fans to connect directly to him and feel a part of his journey. We look forward to seeing what comes next."

Combined streams for advance tracks from his new album Runaway - released tomorrow on Nettwerk Records - have already exceeded 25 million plays.  Lead single “Hell or High Water” has been steadily climbing the Triple A Top 30 Chart at #14 this week, and the official video has over 10 Million YT views. Mike recently performed the single on Live with Kelly and Ryan; watch it HERE.

Last night, Passenger embarked on an extensive world tour in support of Runaway with a sold-out show at Edinburgh Queens Hall. The UK leg culminates next weekend with sold-out shows at London’s Roundhouse on September 8th and Brighton’s Dome on September 9th, which promises to be a very special hometown show for Rosenberg. The North American leg begins on October 13th in Nashville, TN and wraps November 6th in Los Angeles, CA. All dates are listed below.

Passenger’s 2016 album, Young As The Morning Old As The Sea entered the UK charts at No.1, ahead of Bruce Springsteen, and the subsequent tour saw Rosenberg play his largest headline tour to date with a total audience of over 1.4 million across 29 countries, including playing to over 13,500 people at Amsterdam’s ZiggoDome.

Runaway, Rosenberg’s tenth album in 11 years, was recorded between the UK and Australia with his co-producer, Chris Vallejo, but its aesthetic is North American. Sonically, too, Runaway draws on Americana more so than past Passenger albums -- some lap steel, some mandolin, a little banjo. Rosenberg imagined these new songs unfolding against a backdrop of American landscapes. And so, rather than the usual video process, he and director Jarrad Seng spent a three weeks on a road trip across the US making videos for every song on the album. Five of these videos are already available to view: “Heart To Love,” filmed on Las Vegas’ famous Strip; “Hell Or High Water,” set in the epic landscapes of a series of National Parks; the sublime “Why I Can't Change,” seeped in influences such as the Traveling Wilburys and early Fleetwood Mac; and album title track “Runaway,” which features Rosenberg running through spectacular locations, including Death Valley and Monument Valley, Lombard Street in San Francisco, and New York’s High Line.

Passenger also recently revealed a beautiful video for the haunting track for “To Be Free,” shot on the beach in Avalon, New Jersey, and starring New York City Ballet’s Emily Kikta.

Runaway is released on CD, Vinyl LP and download, with Deluxe 2CD, 2LP and Deluxe Digital formats available that include the Live Acoustic versions of the album that were recorded across North America.  Pre-order links are HERE.

Track listing:

1 Hell Or High Water

2 Why Can’t I Change

3 Heart To Love

4 Let’s Go

5 Eagle Bear Buffalo

6 Ghost Town

7 Runaway

8 He Leaves You Cold

9 To Be Free

10 Survivors

Deluxe formats include original album plus bonus disc/tracks:

1 Survivors - Live from Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, OR

2 To Be Free - Live from Dauphin Rd, Vineland, NJ

3 Eagle Bear Buffalo - Live from Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area, UT

4 Runaway - Live from Joshua Tree National Park, CA

5 Ghost Town - Live from Michigan Theatre, Detroit, MI

6 He Leaves You Cold - Live from Unityville, PA

7 Let's Go - Live from Trough Rd State Bridge, CO

8 Heart To Love - Live from a rooftop in Manhattan, NY

9 Why Can't I Change - Live from Tahkenitch Landing Campground, Gardiner, OR

10 Hell Or High Water - Live from Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles, CA

PASSENGER: HEADLINE WORLD TOUR

Remaining European Dates:

Aug 30             Glasgow, Barrowlands (SOLD OUT)

Sept 1              Dublin, Vicar Street (SOLD OUT)

Sept 2              Belfast, Ulster Hall

Sept 4              Manchester, Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)

Sept 5              Birmingham, O2 Institute (SOLD OUT)

Sept 8              London, Roundhouse (SOLD OUT)

Sept 9              Brighton, Dome (SOLD OUT)

Sept 15                        Munich, Tonhalle (SOLD OUT)

Sept 17                        Zurich, Volkshaus (SOLD OUT)

Sept 18                        Milan, Alcatraz

Sept 20            Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival

Sept 21                        Copenhagen, VEGA (SOLD OUT)

Sep 22              Stockholm, Göta Lejon (SOLD OUT)

Sept 24                        Berlin, Astra (SOLD OUT)

Sept 26                        Amsterdam, AFAS Live (SOLD OUT)

Sept 27                        Cologne, Live Music Hall (SOLD OUT)

Sept 29                        Antwerp, Trix (SOLD OUT)

Sept 30                        Paris, YOYO (SOLD OUT)

 

North America Dates:

Oct 13                         Nashville Cannery Ballroom

Oct 14                         Atlanta Buckhead Theatre

Oct 16                         Washington 9.30 Club

Oct 18                         New York Brooklyn Steel

Oct 19                         Boston Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT)

Oct 21                         Montreal Corona Theatre (SOLD OUT)

Oct 23                         Toronto Phoenix Concert Theatre (SOLD OUT)

Oct 25                         Minneapolis First Avenue

Oct 27                         Denver Gothic Theatre (SOLD OUT)

Oct 30             Vancouver Vogue Theatre

Oct 31             Seattle Showbox @ The Market

Nov 2              Portland Crystal Ballroom

Nov 4              San Francisco The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)

Nov 6              Los Angeles The Belasco

 

Australia/New Zealand Dates:

Nov 13                        Auckland, The Power Station

Nov 15                        Brisbane, The Tivoli

Nov 17                        Melbourne, Forum Melbourne

Nov 18                        Sydney, The Enmore Theatre

Nov 20                        Adelaide, The Gov

Nov 23                        Perth, Astor Theatre

Nov 25                        Margaret River, 3 Oceans Winery

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