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).
GRAMMY-nominated American producer/artist Morgan Page will bring his forthcoming album, DC to Light, to life on June 9, as he embarks on his North American tour under the same name. DC to Light is where organic sound meets technology, infused with the enchanting vocals of such artists as Angela McCluskey, Lissie and many more! Kicking off April 9 in Seattle, WA, Morgan will bring his original tracks into full frequency at some of the country’s most iconic and popular clubs and venues. Undoubtedly, fans will be engrossed in an out-of-this-world experience that only Morgan can create. Additionally, with every tour ticket purchased, fans will receive a digital copy of DC to Light.
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To purchase tour tickets along with DC to Light album pre-order, visit here.
DC to Light Tour dates: Thursday, April 9, 2015 Seattle, WA Foundation
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Portland, OR Whiskey Bar
Friday, April 17, 2015 Milwaukee, WI Oak Lounge
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Kansas City, MO Mosaic KC
Thursday, April 23, 2015 Denver, CO BETA
Friday, April 24, 2015 San Antonio, TX Rio
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Dallas, TX Lizard Lounge
Saturday, May 2, 2015 New York, NY Webster Hall
Friday, May 8, 2015 Pontiac, MI Elektricity
Saturday, May 9, 2015 Philadelphia, PA District N9NE
Friday, May 15, 2015 Park City, UT Park City Live
Saturday, May 16, 2015 Edmonton, AB / CAN Encore
Sunday, May 24, 2015 Orange County, CA Yost
Friday, May 29, 2015 Vancouver, BC / CAN Celebrities
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Houston, TX Stereo
Friday, June 5, 2015 Hollywood, CA Control @ Avalon
Saturday, June 6, 2015 Hollywood, CA Avalon
Friday, June 12, 2015 Austin, TX V Lounge
Friday, June 19, 2015 El Paso, TX Buchanan’s
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Orlando, FL Gilt
Friday, June 26, 2015 San Francisco, CA Temple SF
Friday, July 17, 2015 Columbus, OH Sway Night Club
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Cincinnati, OH Mynt Night Club
Passenger’s upcoming album Whispers II will be released via his own label, Black Crow Records, on April 20, 2015 and 100% of all profits raisedwill go towards Unicef UK’s groundbreaking initiative in Liberia.
Every year ten thousand children die of malnutrition in Liberia. Over the next five years, Unicef UK aims to reach every child under the age of five in the country, and protect them from the danger of malnutrition.
Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger): “It's so exciting to be able to work with Unicef on such an important campaign. Money raised from these sales will go directly towards food and supplements to help bring severely malnourished kids back to health, facility upgrades and maintenance, education and training for health workers in the region."
Canadian alt-pop duo Ash Koley share the official music video for “Criminal,” which entered both HOT AC & AC Top 20 radio charts this week. Co-written by Justin Grey (John Legend, Ryan Cabrera, Mariah Carey), “Criminal” is the debut single from their forthcoming album slated for release in 2015.
Singer Ash Koley and producer/songwriter Phil Deschambault began their musical collaboration in 2004, when the two self-proclaimed nerds from Winnipeg were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Phil was looking for a singer who could relate to his sound, and Ash’s velvety voice did just that. Together, their sound is an amalgamation of diverse influences, from Abba to the Eurythmics, and from Peter Gabriel to Radiohead. The result is a band that is a full embodiment of what they each bring to the duo – quirky charm and upbeat classic pop music.
Nettwerk Records' Family Of The Year announces North American tour dates, starting May 13 with Lord Huron, followed by a run of dates with AWOLNATION. The band will also make an appearance at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. Full dates below.
As of today, the band has gained over 59 million Youtube & Spotify streams of “Hero” worldwide.
Watch The Official Music Video For “Hero” Here:
In the coming days, HBO’s Girls will feature an exclusive song from the band to air during the closing moments of the season’s finale. Other artists to record a song exclusively for the show, include St. Vincent, Grimes x Jack Antonoff of fun. and Bleachers.
Nettwerk will also be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a day party on Wednesday, March 18 from 12-5pm at Maggie Mae’s, in collaboration with Leo Burnett Artist In Residence. Attendees will be treated to live music from Family of the Year,Boxed In and Chadwick Stokes, along with free food and drinks and the option to download a customized Nettwerk digital sampler via our friends at DropKloud. RSVP here.
The third episode of Nettcast, Nettwerk's 30th anniversary podcast, features Dia Frampton of ARCHIS. Listen to Dia's hilarious South Park impersonations and a wild game of "what animal sound is this." The ARCHIS EP is out now. Watch the music video for "Bittersweet" here.
Hosted by Nettwerkers Raj Sharma & Penny Palmer, with special guest Nettwerker Rachel Cragg! Past episodes of Nettcast can be found on iTunes here.
LISTEN TO “I MUST HAVE SOMEONE ELSE”S BLUES” VIA GUITAR WORLD’S ACOUSTIC NATION NOW: http://bit.ly/1KRw1nO
Canadian folk outfit Great Lake Swimmers have announced a run of U.S. tour dates that will begin in Vermont at the end of April and bring the group down the eastern coast. The new dates build upon the already on-sale Canadian run (see below for the full list). The band will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015.
As with past albums, Great Lake Swimmers recorded A Forest Of Arms in numerous untraditional locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of those locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Ontario where they recorded a number of the acoustic guitar tracks for the album amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats. The band recently unveiled (via The Bluegrass Situation) a behind-the-scenes video of Tony Dekker performing the new track, “Don’t Leave Me Hanging” in the cave.
German singer/songwriter lúisa, who recently signed to Nettwerk label roster (EU only), has released a video for "Belong," the first single from her forthcoming album Never Own (May tba). The video is produced by Tilo Kux of the Düsseldorfer film collective "grown." He and lúisa worked together on the concept of the video and directed together as well. Watch the stunning finished produc above.
While the album was recorded both inside an old light ship in London and in a country house at the shores of the North Sea, lúisa ventures deep into German forests for the "Belong" video. She was accompanied by acrobat and aerial rope performer Daniel Görich, who had to endure a number of discomforts during the shot.
"They were some incredibly nice but intense days: Between hours of body painting starting at 5 in the morning, ice cold shots in the woods with numb feet, and strenuous rope artistry in an old factory, there was no time to fool around in the Rhenish atmosphere," explains lúisa.
The Hamburg-born artist impresses with her smoky voice, signature guitar lines and expressive compositions. On Never Own, lúisa combines her folk roots with electronic mysticism, strong melodies with headstrong pop. Dancing between quiet introspection and stormy outbursts, the artistic progress of the 22-year-old can also be read in her vivid lyrics, which are sung in English, French and Italian.
Influential Canadian outfit Delerium are set to release their new album Rarities & B-Sides on April 21, 2015. The album is comprised of previously unreleased tracks and remixes spanning the last 15 years. The album includes 3 brand new singles that recently resurfaced from the stacks, “Glimmer” featuring Emily Haines (of Metric) premiered earlier this year on EDM.com, “Ray” which was a b-side off previous album Music Box Opera and “Aurora” an un-earthed instrumental that turned into a collaboration with vocalist Rykka.
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“There are three tracks on our Rarities & B-Sides that are previously unreleased.” says Bill Leeb of Delerium. “These songs were literally buried in a box of tapes for more than 10 years and were accidentally unearthed by our sound engineer Greg Reely. “Aurora” features the Swiss-Canadian vocalist Rykka and having been buried in the shuffle of all of the Music Box Opera demos, is very unique. The music itself goes back several years but the vocals were done more recently, so it is truly a blend of the past and the present.”