The good people at SoulPancakerecently released a documentary on Zach Sobiech, a 17 year old who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that takes the lives of a large percent of its childhood victims. Given only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. His song "Clouds" spread virarlly, and soon, Zach's message was heard across the country. To thank Zach for his inspiring music and message, SoulPancake asked celebrity friends to participate in a special gift for him. The above video features a wide range celebs, from Briant Cranston,Jenna Fischer, Rachel Bilson and Anna Farris to Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, The Lumineers, Sara Bareilles and Nettwerk's own Mike Roseneberg, aka Passenger. Watch the touching video above.
Great Lake Swimmers have announced summer tour dates in Canada, which includes festival stops in Ontario and Alberta. The band recently received a "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year" JUNO 2013 nomination for their acclaimed 2012 release, New Wild Everywhere. All tour dates are listed below.
As well, Great Lake Swimmers front-man Tony Dekker will be going with WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund) on a trip this September to the Great Bear region on the north coast of British Columbia. The Great Bear is a Canadian ecological treasure, one of the richest and most spectacular ecosystems on earth and home to the rare white Spirit Bear. For the past year, it has been at the centre of a high profile national debate about the Northern Gateway Project that proposes to build twin oil pipelines from Alberta through the Great Bear, and transport oil across B.C. coastal waters. Tony Dekker is a WWF supporter and advocates for the protection of the region as a Canadian for the Great Bear.
On May 28, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites will release Woodland + Young North EP Box Set (Nettwerk Records), a wonderfully-inspired collection of layered, earthy instrumentations paired with beautiful vocal harmonies.
The standout tracks from their debut EP Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 5.5 million combined YouTube views. Watch the music video for “Featherstone" above.
Amongst the up and coming bands from Australia, The Paper Kites continue to build their hometown following, selling out shows with fellow countrymen Josh Pyke and Boy & Bear. This October, the quintet will cross waters for their North American debut, supporting City And Colour. The Paper Kites will provide support from Atlanta, GA to Oakland, CA.
Chinese born, Vancouver-based songstress Wanting has just premiered a new video for the song "Drenched" from her debut album, Everything In The World. The video had its broadcast debut on MuchMore Music in Canada, and its online debut at MuchMusic.com (here).
Wanting, who was recently recognized at the 2012 Best Album of the Year at the Beijing Billmoard Music Newcomers Festival as well as honored as Outstanding Regional Artist at the 12th Chinese Global Music Awards, will be a featured artist at San Francisco's Asian Heritage Street Celebration on Saturday, May 18. Everything In The World is currently Triple Platinum in China and Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia and Taiwan. Watch the video for "Drenched" above and stay tuned for more news from Wanting.
On April 23, Canadian hip-hop artist k-os sat in with The Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the double album BLack On BLonde (out now via Crown Loyalist/Nettwerk Records in the US).
Watch The Web Exclusive Performance By k-os And Black Thought (The Roots)
Of Album Track, "Try Again":
k-os joins an eclectic pantheon of musicians who have sat in with The Roots, including Justin Vernon, Cee Lo Green, John Mayer, Itzhak Perlman, Adam Levine, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Zakk Wylde, John Mayer, “Weird Al” Yankovich, Michael Bolton and everyone’s favorite rambunctious muppet Animal.
Double album BLack On BLonde is a cohesive collection of two records; one of rock tunes and the other of old-school hip hop jams. As such, the album features 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 his versatility by singing and playing drums, guitar and bass throughout the album.
USA Todayfeatures Family Of The Year as their “On The Verge” emerging artist. The much-coveted honor is in tandem with hit track “Hero” landing at #1 at Triple A Top 30 Radio Chart. “Hero” continues to chart in the Top 15 at Alternative Radio and shows no signs of slowing down.
Earlier this year, the band performed “Hero” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CONAN, Last Call With Carson Daly and CMT Edge (Country Music Television, Inc.); and Entertainment Weekly includes the band in their special feature, “15 New Stars We Love.”
The “Hero” official music video about real-life bull rider Nicolas Sartor, gets added to MTV2 and MTV’s “Artist To Watch.” To watch the video, click above.
In the past, the band has had support stints with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, Walk The Moon, Grouplove, Good Old War, Belle Brigade, Milo Greene and others. With their first headline tour of 2013, the band sells out shows across the country, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Nashville, Denver, Portland and more. This summer, the band will make a run of festivals, including Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL), Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) and Kanrocksas (Kansas City, KS) – more to announce in the coming weeks. See below for all upcoming tour dates.
NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP RAISES $10.25 MILLION IN EQUITY GROWTH FINANCING TO FUND NEW AND EXISTING ARTIST DEVELOPMENT
Nettwerk Music Group Inc., a privately held independent music company focused on building successful artists by offering a unified set of management, marketing and publishing services, today announced that it has raised $10.25 million in equity growth financing.
The equity financing includes investments from HBC Investments, as well as participation from existing shareholders Beedie Capital and Nettwerk’s four founding partners: Terry McBride, Ric Arboit, Dan Fraser and Mark Jowett. Nettwerk will use the proceeds of the financing to invest in new and existing artists under development. Nettwerk will also continue to be an active acquirer of catalogue music rights for which it is uniquely positioned to create and expand value.
"We are pleased to welcome our new shareholder to Nettwerk as we continue to expand the reach and success of our clients. We are also very grateful for the ongoing support from our existing investors," said Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk. "We plan to utilize these funds to create and grow success for our current and future artist clients through true partnerships that value the creative process and long-term patience and planning.”
Peter Brodsky, HBC Investments, added, “HBC is excited to be a financial and strategic partner of Nettwerk. The Group is a known leader in recognizing and leveraging the opportunities that arise from technological disruptions and industry shifts. Nettwerk has emerged as a successful and thriving music company that is uniquely positioned to create long-term value in its clients’ musical works and content. The investment comes at the perfect time where the music industry is experiencing a resurgence with explosive growth in monetization opportunities across diverse worldwide retail and distribution models.”
“Our involvement with Nettwerk, which began in 2006 with a focus on catalogue acquisitions, has shown that the Group’s capabilities and platforms are also effective at driving growth in established works,” said Ryan Beedie, President of Beedie Capital Partners. “We are excited to add HBC to the team in order to continue to grow Nettwerk’s catalogue acquisition and new artist development projects.”
The past year has been an exciting one for Nettwerk Music Group across all divisions of the company. Highlights include management client fun., who broke out with their smash single “We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae” from sophomore album Some Nights(Fueled By Ramen), which is now certified Platinum. The band was nominated for six Grammy Awards®, and took home two: Song of the Year and the coveted Best New Artist. Internationally, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting saw her debut album, Everything In The World, explode in and around China, going Triple Platinum in China and Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia and Taiwan. Wanting, who is also a label and publishing client, is nominated for 10 Chinese Music Chart Awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Singer/Songwriter of the Year.
Recent GRAMMY-award winners Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) are excited to announce a special Los Angeles show Wednesday May 1 at the El Rey Theatre. The band haven’t performed in Los Angeles since 2009, and this will be the first Los Angeles show since the release of their fourth full-length album, Carry Me Back, released in July of 2012. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday April 27 at 10:00 am PST. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster or at Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles.
OCMS (Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, and Chance McCoy) have made a name for themselves as energetic performers with an unbridled spirit. Cory Younts will be performing with Old Crow at this LA show after spending a year in Jack White’s touring band. Singer-songwriter Robert Ellis will provide support, taking the stage at 8:00 pm before Old Crow takes the stage at 9:00 pm. Doors are at 7:00 pm.
The show at the El Rey will follow the band’s performance of their song “Mississippi Saturday Night” on TBS’ Conan on Monday night April 29. Tune in at 11 pm/10 pm central Monday night to check it out.
The band will also be headlining at the Mustang Stage this Friday, April 26 at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, CA.
OCMS have spent the majority of the last year touring in support of their fourth full-length studio album, Carry Me Back. The album achieved the highest chart position in the band’s career. Carry Me Back was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly). The LA Times hailed the album as “the band’s finest songs in some time,” and American Songwriter said the album is “simple and great, and simply great.”
Check out Glamour.com's Interview With BOY And Premiere Of "Waitress [Acoustic]" HERE
BOY’s Performance Of “Little Numbers” At The Current’s Studio Featured On NPR Music’s “Favorite Sessions.” Watch HERE
MTV Iggy Features Exclusive Performance Of “Oh Boy”
And Interview HERE
Swiss/German female duo BOY will return to North America for a small run of May dates, starting May 13th with a live taping at Boulder’s eTown Hall alongside City And Colour. These dates follow a hugely successful premiere North American tour last month in support of the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Mutual Friends, featuring infectious single “Little Numbers.”
The ladies of BOY, Swiss-born Valeska Steiner and German-born Sonja Glass, charmed their way across North America last month, starting with a sold-out show at Joe’s Pub. In a live review, Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote: "BOY writes and sings tuneful, friendly, forthright pop-folk songs about life and relationships...cradled by melodies with a comfortable lilt and by Ms. Steiner’s sweet, unfailingly precise lead vocals…Boy brings a pastry chef’s skill to its music; there’s structure behind the sweetness."
Keep reading for more information and tour dates...
Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, continues his worldwide takeover with another #1 for "Let Her Go," this time in Denmark, which joins Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Additionally, the Brighton-born troubadour is getting some well-earned attention from his home country. Passenger received a glowing 4-star review from London's The Times during his sold-out headline tour earlier this year, and just this week saw "Let Her Go" added to Heart FM's A List. Heart FM is the #1 commercial radio station in the UK, and nly two artists were added this week: Passenger and Rihanna. Check out the video for "Let Her Go" above, which now has over 21 Million YouTube views.
Passenger just announced an extensive headline summer tour of North America starting July 10 in Vancovuer. All dates can be found HERE.