"Loma Vista is pure pop bliss. Enhanced by Keefe's acerbic wit, it deserves to appear on many year-end Top 10 lists." – Huffington Post
The excitement surrounding LA-based Family Of The Year has been building steadily since the release of Loma Vista (Nettwerk Records) last summer, and there’s no sign of it slowing down in the new year. Having garnered support stints with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, Walk The Moon, Grouplove, Good Old War, Belle Brigade, Milo Greene and others, the band is set to launch their first headline tour of 2013. See full dates below.
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Four weeks since they saw their Billboard radio chart debut, Family of the Year's "Hero" cracks the Top 10 on the Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart. “Hero” is also Top 20 at Alternative Radio and amongst the 5 most added tracks at the format. To read about their radio success, check out Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” feature HERE.
With the impressive release of last year’s album and a stellar live show, Family Of The Year has garnered fantastic media support. This month, Entertainment Weekly includes the band in their special feature, “15 New Stars We Love” and CMT (Country Music Television, Inc.) invites the band to their studios for an exclusive taping of “Hero.” All this follows last month’s television debut on Last Call With Carson Daly.
Victoria, B.C.-based Current Swell return to the U.S. in support of their recent album, Long Time Ago, which was released via Nettwerk on October 16th.
Opening for Dispatch last year, this is the band’s second tour in the US. The independent band started with modest expectations, playing shows in settings that ranged from backyards to beaches and using social media to grow their audience. Since then, they have supported artists like Xavier Rudd, K’Naan, K-OS, The Beach Boys, The Tragically Hip and more.
Since forming in 2005, Current Swell’s west coast influenced sound—an infectious combination of blues, roots, pop and rock—have earned the quartet scores of devoted fans from Canada to Brazil, where they recently returned from headlining two major festivals in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Last summer, Current Swell not only headlined a Canada Day concert in front of a crowd of 45,000, but they also earned first place at Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project, an annual professional development program designed to promote, develop and launch the careers of emerging artists through extensive marketing support, including a $100,000+ award.
Through the years of constant touring and slow but steady build of momentum, Current Swell—Scott Stanton (vocals/guitar), David Lang (vocals/guitar), Ghosty Boy (bass) and Chris Petersen (drums)—have continuously grown as songwriters and live performers, while keeping their sound authentic to who they are as individuals and as a unit.
Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the forthcoming two-disc release from the award-winning and incredibly talented Canadian hip-hop artist k-os. On January 29, k-os will digitally release BLack On BLonde in the US through Crown Loyalist/Nettwerk Records. The double album is a cohesive collection of two records; one of rock tunes and the other of old-school hip hop jams.
Recorded at Hayden Christensen’s deserted Laurel Canyon mansion, BLack on BLonde is the most personal and revealing album of his career. “My friends say this is the record I’ve been waiting my whole life to make, there’s a confidence now,” says k-os. “People don’t generally want to take things too far. And I felt trapped by my birth into the music industry as a hippy or folk hip-hop singer; I’m over that feeling. It was time to delve deep and write an album (or two) that truly reflects all facets of myself. This album is a celebration of that.”
BLack on BLonde features exciting collaborations from a varied array of guests, including Black Thought (The Roots), Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Emily Haines (Metric), Corey Hart, Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979), Juno Award-winning Canadian rock singer/songwriter Sam Roberts and many others. Always innovative, provocative and fearless, k-os showcases said versatility by singing and playing drums, guitar and bass throughout the album.
Hey Ocean! has announced a multitude of additional tour dates that will take them across the country on their biggest U.S. tour to date. The Vancouver-based trio will release their latest album, IS, on January 29th via Nettwerk Records, and kick-off their 24-city tour on Saturday, February 2 in Seattle, WA (full list of dates is below).
On IS, irresistible hooks entwine with dreamy keyboards and crystal clear guitars. Hey Ocean!-- Dave Vertesi [vocals/bass], Ashleigh Ball [vocals/flute], David Beckingham [vocals/guitar]--are three mischievous personalities who, when combined, form a dynamic live presence that keeps concertgoers captivated and on their feet. The band has been building their fervent live following since 2008 with countless tours across their native Canada, sharing the stage with artists like Family of the Year, Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd and Bedouin Soundclash. Their electrifying live show has also wowed audiences at various festivals, including the Calgary Virgin Festival, Saskatoon Jazz Fest, Whistler Arts Festival and, most recently, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival.
This month, Family Of The Year return to the Midwest, as part of the first headline tour. In the past, the band has supported Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes, Mumford & Sons, Bens Fold, Walk The Moon, Good Old War, Belle Brigade and Milo Greene. Last year, the band appeared at several of Europe’s biggest music festivals - UK's Reading and Leeds Festivals andParis' Rock En Seine.
Family Of The Year makes their first debut on the Billboard radio charts, currently sitting at #13 on the Triple ATop 30 radio chart with standout track, “Hero.” To read about their radio success, check out Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” feature HERE.
To celebrate 2013, Nettwerk Management artist Guster releases Guster: Live Acoustic, a collection of live recordings from their 2012 acoustic tour (available now).
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It’s been eight years since Guster released a proper live album - 2004’s Guster On Ice – and two years since their last studio album, Easy Wonderful. The sixteen tracks from Live Acoustic are a musical tribute to the varied faces and places that made last year’s travels one of the most remarkable in Guster’s impressive career.
While the members of the band mainly stick to the acoustic guitars on Live Acoustic, the songs are fleshed out with Charlene Huang on violin and April Guthrie on cello – helping to bring out the parts and arrangements that have made Guster’s studio recordings such mainstays.
Brian Rosenworcel plays a drum kit adorned with glockenspiel and percussive drums like djembe and hand snare, while newest member Luke Reynolds alternates with bandmates Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner on acoustic guitar, bass, piano and ukulele. The melodies and harmonies that have made Guster famous have never been more purely on display. Live Acoustic is an album that pulls from an impressive fifteen-year discography and makes a case for Guster’s place amongst the best pop bands and songwriters of their era.
After 19 straight weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, Passenger's Nettwerk debut album, All The Little Lights, has landed at #7, its highest chart position to date. Additionally, the video for stand-out single, "Let Her Go," gained over 4 million YouTube in about six weeks, bringing the current total to 5.6 million views. Watch “Let Her Go” above.
After a hugely successful support slot with Ed Sheeran throughout Europe and North American in the fall, Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) returned to North America for his first proper headline tour in December '12, selling out shows in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver. As the year came to a close, All The Little Lights was named by iTunes UK as the "Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012," while iTunes U.S. featured the album as a 2012 Chart Topper. "Let Her Go" appeared as on of Spotify's Top 10 Most Viral Tracks for the week of December 10.
Passenger will launch his sold-out headline UK tour this Sunday, January 13, and will spend the majority of winter touring through Europe before heading down to Australia in March. He plans to return to North America in spring 2013.
Quotes From The Media:
"Heartfelt songs from a British Troubadour." - WNYC Soundcheck
"[All The Little Lights is] a heartfelt collection of charming folk songs full of witty observations, well-crafted lyrics, and compelling choruses." - The Onion AV Club
"Like contemporaries Milo Greene and Greg Laswell, as well as more well-known artists like Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Leonard Cohen, Britain’s Passenger (the pseudonym of Michael Rosenberg) is remarkably honest, fragile, focused, and confident…All the Little Lights is a masterful work of art, plain and simple." - Pop Matters (9/10 stars)
"Rosenberg’s wordplay, clever rhymes and deadpan humor distinguish him from fellow musicians lumped into the expansive ‘singer/songwriter’ category." - Paste Magazine
"This man is brilliant and humble. He’s troubling and hilarious. He’s lighthearted and full of heart. His performance mirrored these contrasts...Passenger’s live performance is an experience. " - The Owl (live review)
"Passenger …infuses his guitar-driven pop balladry with a dose of real-life storytelling that is wrapped in his one-of-a-kind vocal delivery that is instantly recognizable....Like any timeless pop, what makes Passenger's music ultimately so compelling is that it's written straight from the heart. " –ArjanWrites.com
"[Passenger's] command of the venue was obvious, as he was the only performer that night able to completely silence the crowd." - ConcertBlogger (live review)
"All The Little Lights sees Rosenberg shine at his brightest as both a songwriter and performer." - ArtistDirect
"Mike Rosenberg's crafted some of the very best observational songwriting of the year with his lovely new album, All the Little Lights." - BaebleMusic.com
2012 was hardly the end of the world for Nettwerk's Film & TV Department, who successfully licensed songs to various TV shows, advertisements and films from artists across Nettwerk Music Group's Label, Management and Publishing rosters. Click the video playlist above for highlights from the year!
Video Playlist Track Listing:
1) The Hundreds And Thousands "Here We Go" / Google Maps for Iphone ad
2) Kidstreet "Song" / Apple MacBook Pro ad
3) Pefume Genuis "Dark Parts" / Honda Accord ad
4) Aaron Espe "Through Frozen Forests" / Sainsbury ad
5) The Submarines "Fire" / Kindle Fire ad
6) fun. "We Are Young" / Chevy Super Bowl ad
7) Alexi Murdoch "All My Days" / Sprint Mobile ad
8) Admiral Fallow "Squealing Pigs" / General Electric Super Bowl ad
9) Gareth Dunlop "Going Somewhere" / Subaru Outback ad
10) Junkie XL "Clash" / Bing ad
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share that iTunes has named three of its artists in their “Best of 2012” round-ups in various territories around the globe: fun., Passenger and Wanting.
Nettwerk Management client fun. claims “Best Song of 2012” on the U.S. iTunes store for their smash single “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe).” The track has sold nearly 6 million copies, with the video boasting more than 157 million YouTube views. The trio, who released their debut album Aim And Ignite on Nettwerk Records in 2009, recently received six GRAMMY nominations for their breakthrough album, Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen). Some Nights is also iTunesCanada's"Best Pop Album of 2012." Watch “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” here: http://bit.ly/rKUQ1f.
Passenger, one of the latest additions to Nettwerk’s label roster, grabs the “Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012” in the UKiTunes store for his latest album, All The Little Lights. The UK-born troubadour (real name Mike Rosenberg) has spent the last year playing sold-out headline gigs around the globe, as well as opening for Ed Sheeran in North America and the UK. His break-out single “Let Her Go” has over 4 million YouTube views and continues to see track sales upwards of 2,000 copies a week. In the U.S., All The Little Lights is in its 15th straight week on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Additionally, the iTunes U.S. store chose All The Little Lights for inclusion in their current 2012 Chart Toppers sale, while iTunesCanada chose to feature the album in their yearly competitive “Boxing Week” sale. Watch “Let Her Go” here: http://bit.ly/Op4Qxw.
Lastly, Netttwerk management, label and publishing client Wanting takes “Best Album of 2012” honors in four different iTunes territories: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. The Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter (who sings in both English and Mandarin) released her debut album Everything In The World earlier this year. The album went Platinum in China in its first week, and today is Triple Platinum in China, Double Platinum in Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia. Last week, Wanting received 10 Chinese Music Chart Award nominations, including "Album of the Year," "Most Popular New Artist of the Year," and "Best Singer/Songwriter of the Year." She has achieved more than 10 million combined views on YouTube, 8 million combined views on Chinese YouTube (YouKu) and has more than 600,000 followers on Chinese Twitter (Weibo). She has also been featured in a slew of North American press, from CBC’s The Q with Jian Ghomeshi, The Atlantic, Billboard.biz and CBC’s The National, to major Chinese-language media like Sinovision, World Journal, Sing Tao and Epoch Times. Watch the video for “You Exist In My Song” (featured in the Chinese cult film Love In The Buff) here: http://bit.ly/No6PT8.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from these and other Nettwerk artists in the new year!
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