Say goodbye to 2014 with Nettwerk Music Group’s Year-End playlist. In celebration of another great year, here’s a list of our favorite videos and tracks we’ve released over the last year. Listen on YouTube (see above), Spotify or SoundCloud. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
"Rosenberg has graduated from busker to international hit maker." - Toronto Star
Mike Rosenberg, better known by the moniker Passenger, is closing 2014 off on a high note with his international hit album, All The Little Lights, officially certified Platinum by Music Canada with over 80,000 albums sold and counting. The album, which featured the 6x Platinum smash single “Let Her Go,” debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its release in August 2012, where it remained for 45 consecutive weeks, grabbing the #1 position multiple times before crossing into the Top 100 of the Billboard 200. The single, which boasts over 475 Million YouTube views, was #1 at Hot AC, AC and Triple A Radio, as well as Top 10 at Top 40 Radio in Canada.
The follow-up to All The Little Lights, Whispers (June 2014), has been recognized in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, receiving a nomination for its beautiful packaging by Art Director Sarah Larnarch in the category of “Best Recording Package.” Upon the release of Whispers, Passenger saw career high chart debuts around the globe, landing at #2 on the Canadian Top 200 Chart and #2 on the Digital Albums Chart.
“[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.
Illinois based singer-songwriter, William Fitzsimmons, announced he will be hitting the road in February with Over The Rhine for a special solo West Coast run. The tour will launch in Portland, OR on February 10th and bring Fitzsimmons down the coast before it wraps on February 18th in Los Angeles. It will also include a special headlining solo gig at Harlows in Sacramento on February 12th.
William’s latest release, Lions, debuted at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums’ chart, as well as Top 5 on the Folk Albums chart. The career-defining album was produced by Chris Walla (guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie and previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The Decemberists, The Postal Service and others). In August, Fitzsimmons also released a special EP titled Acoustic Sessions - a collection of stripped down recordings from Lions.
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.”
This month, Los Angeles-based Run River North have announced a handful of local dates tied to the holiday season. They will be performing a free show in Pasadena this Saturday, December 6th as part of the South Lake Holiday celebration, followed by a sold-out benefit show with the Goo Goo Dolls at The Troubadour on the 15th and a special performance at this year's Grand Park N.Y.E. L.A. bash in downtown LA - Los Angeles’ only free, public, large-scale New Year’s celebration.
For Grand Park N.Y.E. L.A., Run River North will be one of 6 bands across three stages. Event planners are expecting 50,000 attendees, spanning the entire 12-acre Grand Park, as well as adjacent city blocks. Grand Park selected Garson Yu and his Emmy award-winning design agency yU+co. to create an evening of interactive multimedia content that transforms the park into an audiovisual playground. This year’s spectacular will represent the tallest interactive sound display, culminating in a 10-minute countdown narrative that relays a story centered on “the heartbeat of Los Angeles,” featuring L.A. landmarks, as well as aspects of L.A. life that unite its many communities.
In case you missed it, Savoir Adore's Paul Hammer released the following news via Facebook this week:
*** Savoir Adore began as an experiment. Over time it’s become much more, evolving from a recording project to a live band, from a 2 piece to a 5 piece and everything in between. And, in the last couple years, it’s taken us around the world. Now, it’s changing once again…
As we started work on our third record, Deidre decided that she was going to part ways with the band to focus on other projects. She will be missed, but Savoir Adore is continuing on, and the mission remains the same - to create music that transports us to other worlds, and helps us see the magic in our own. Deidre is one of our closest friends and I hope you’ll join us in wishing her the best in all of her new adventures. She also wanted to send along a personal note:
“... I am deeply grateful to everyone who has supported us, worked with us, played with us, and welcomed our music into their lives. Thank you so, so much. As for the future, I will always create music. Now is the time for next phases and new journeys.” - Deidre
(You can read Deidre’s full message here: http://bit.ly/1y5yOh2)
Our last release, Our Nature, is a record we are extremely proud of, but we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on next. We’ve spent the majority of the last year writing, collaborating and once again, experimenting. These are exciting times, and we feel the best is yet to come. Stay tuned for updates and a lot of new music in the new year!
As always, thank you all so much for your support over the years - it means the world to us!
Paul & SA
Stay tuned for more news and updates from Savoir Adore.
Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of Berlin-based duo Schwarz Dont Crack to its label, management and publishing rosters via Nettwerk Hamburg. The pair will release a self-titled EP on January 26, 2015, with a full-length debut album to follow (date tba).
Schwarz Dont Crack is the brainchild of Ahmad Larnes and Sebastian Kreis, who met in Berlin following Ahmad’s move from New York City and Sebastian’s flee from South Germany, both in search of a more progressive musical landscape. Together they have found a synthesis of sound formed from the rich tapestry of American 90s R&B and the German capital’s perpetual electronic obsession.
Newfoundland folk-trio The Once share the official music video for “We Are All Running,” the first single from their latest album, Departures (August 2014). The video is a collection of footage shot over two months during the North American leg of the band’s first world tour as support for label-mate Passenger.
Next year, The Once will head back on the road for a headlining world tour that begins on March 11, 2015 in Montreal, Canada and ends in Birmingham, UK on May 9, 2015. All tour dates are listed below.
The Once’s (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) story began five years ago, when the band released their 2009 self-titled, award-winning debut, which was funded by a stranger at a show who was so impressed that he offered them $5,000 to make the album. Since then, the 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. They caught the attention Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride at the Vancouver CelticFest, who offered them a label deal shortly after.