Mike Rosenberg, better known by the moniker Passenger, is seeing career high chart debuts around the globe this week. In the U.S., his new album Whispers lands at #12 on the Billboard 200 with 19,000 sold. It also charted at #1 on the Folk Albums chart, #5 on the Rock Albums chart, and #5 on the Overall Digital Albums chart. In other parts of the world, Whispers landed at #5 in his native UK, #2 in his second home of Australia and Canada, #3 in New Zealand and the Netherlands and #6 in Germany.
Passenger, who played the main stage at last weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival in England to over 50,000 people, will be touring the world in support of Whispers, starting in North America on Saturday, August 2 in Atlanta, with 10 of 23 cities already sold-out and other venues upgraded. He’ll be supported by fellow Nettwerk label mates The Once and Stu Larsen, both of whom also appear on Whispers. He’ll also play a free show at NYC’s Central Park SummerStage on August 10. Full list of dates/venues is below.
“I’m gonna sing songs of loving and forgiving
Songs of eating and of drinking, songs of living
Songs of calling in the night ‘Cause songs are like a bolt of light
And love’s the only love you should invite
Songs of longings but fulfilled, Songs that don’t let you sit still
Songs that mend your broken bones”
- (“Take Me To Church” lyrics)
Partnering with NPR Music,Sinéad O’Connor reveals the first track, “Take Me To Church,” from her forthcoming studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Out August 12 via Nettwerk Records).
Listen To The Once’s “We Are All Running” from Departures:
Nettwerk is pleased to announce the signing of folk trio The Once to its label roster. The Newfoundland-based band has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada, having collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album. In the coming year, however, the rest of the world will get to discover the joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music that have made them such favorites in their homeland.
On August 5, 2014, the trio (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) will release their new album Departures, just a few days after embarking on a world tour opening for label-mate Passenger, which begins in North America on August 2nd before hitting Europe, Australia and Asia.
Tony Dekker of the Great Lake Swimmers has shared a new music video for the track “Talking In Your Sleep” from his solo album Prayer of the Woods which was released in November of last year. The video was directed by bandmate Erik Arnesen and premiered yesterday on Exclaim!.
Great Lake Swimmers have announced a run of Canadian tour dates throughout the summer, including a show in Toronto at Massey Hall with Rural Alberta Advantage, and festival performances in Vancouver, Calgary and Orillia, ON. The full list of tour dates can be found below:
Today marks the highly anticipated release of Passenger's new album, Whispers. To celebrate, Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) has unveiled a brand new music video (above) for his North American lead single "Scare Away The Dark." It premiered onVH1.comyesterday, and will make its broadcast debut this Saturday, June 14 on VH1's Top 20 Countdown.
Of the video, Passenger says, "We had so much fun making it - massive thank you to everybody involved (especially the actors that ran around like naked lunatics in a field in the middle of nowhere on a monday morning …. LEGENDS !! ) I'm really really proud of this and hope you guys like it!!"
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce that Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach, consisting of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn, will join Cherub on The Champagne Showers tour, starting September 5 in Knoxville, TN.
The Fall tour follows recent treks with Neon Trees, RAC, The Sounds and Blondfire, in addition to festival appearances at SXSW, The Great Escape, Sound City, Virgin Mobile Fest, TomorrowWorld and more. On June 19, Ghost Beach will be performing at the Firefly Festival, alongside Sky Ferreira, Portugal. The Man and others. Known for their raucous live show, Ghost Beach have perfected a unique blend of retro and futuristic synth pop to forge a genre of their own – Tropical Grit-Pop.
Prior to joining Nettwerk and with only a 6-song demo, the band had already garnered a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, won the Bronze Lion Award at Cannes Film Festival, and performed a sold out show at the Grammy Museum for its members.
Australia’s Boy & Bear will return to North America this fall for a 21-city headline tour, starting Monday, October 6 in Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre and wrapping Saturday, November 1 in San Francisco at The Grand Ballroom At Regency Center. The band, which USA Today named in its “Top 5 Australian Acts You Need To Know Now,” made their first trip to the States in two years when they appeared at SXSW 2014, and followed it with a sold-out spring headline tour in support of their latest release, Harlequin Dream.
Before the fall, the quintet will return for a short run of summer festival and headline tour dates, starting June 21 with the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. The band’s lead single, “Southern Sun,” has been top 5 on the Triple A Top 30 Chart for four consecutive weeks, reaching #4 last week. They were recently featured on NPR’s “World Café With David Dye” and VH1’s Big Morning Buzz, and have received major support from such influential radio stations as San Francisco's KFOG, Portland's KINK, Sirius XM Spectrum, Denver's KBCO, Boston's The River, Los Angeles' KCSN and more.
Click the artwork to listen to the EP
“‘The Other Side' sees Diaz shedding her acoustic proclivity…and trading charm for seduction as she wreaths steadily building vocals in a cloud of blooming, respirating synths. The EP's two featured remixes aren't anything to miss, either — Gold Fields transmutes the song into a pristine, popped-up runway track, while producer Magic Man goes still another shade darker with Diaz's shadowy, building sound.” — Baeble Music
“…the combination of [Madi’s] stellar voice, and [Gold Fields’] great production work birthed a very solid rework of an already strong original mix...”— Hillydilly
"Magic Man’s instigated a dimmer start that’s picked up by a snare-based beat before continuing a low undertone below the voice of Diaz. Then, as the synth kicks and turns the tone of the track into an upbeat sonic compilation, we’re able to truly enjoy how two similar musical talents mesh as well as they do here."— Hillydilly
“It’s a jam for midnight drives in the summer heat. Madi’s beautiful vocals float perfectly over the slightly haunting grooves.” — The Burning Ear (Magic Man Remix)
“…a moody, yet glistening and balmy jam.” — I Heart Moosiq (Magic Man Remix)
"Their beats plus her voice are a match-made in Summer heaven." - Leather And Porridge (Gold Fields Remix)
"Instantly catchy and super upbeat, [’Stay Together’] has that special warm seasonality to surely be a fixture on many summer playlists.” — BlahBlahBlahScience
“Stay Together’ is a buoyant track filled with the perfect amount of edgy effects and soaring pop.” – Free Bike Valet
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