Nettwerk Producer Management client Matt Serletic scored a #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 this week with the album North from Matchbox Twenty, which he produced. North is the band’s fourth studio album, and amazingly, their first #1. Serletic has produced all of the previous albums for the hit-makers, including their 1996 debut Yourself Or Someone Like You, 2000’s Mad Season and 2002’s More Than You Think YouAre. The combined sales of all 4 albums is more than 14.5 million units to date. The first single from North, “She’s So Mean," was the band’s 13th top 10 hit on the Adult Top 40 chart and currently remains at #8 for the third straight week.
Serletic’s work can also currently be heard with the hit single “(Kissed You) Good Night” from Gloriana. The single peaked at #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart, with the album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Both Matchbox Twenty and Gloriana were signed and developed by Matt’s own Emblem Records.
"This Chinese-born, Canada-based singer-songwriter put on an unparalleled set thick with emotion, energy and musical chops…with a soulful, expressive voice, vulnerable lyrics and striking looks.”
– Billboard.biz (live review of Zebra Music Festival near Shanghai)
Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter WANTING has announced four special live shows, starting Sunday, October 7 in Vancouver and continuing on to LosAngeles, New York City and Toronto. Wanting also premiered the colorful video for “Life Is Like A Song” with BaebleMusic.com, who said it’s “just the thing you need to put the poppy pep in your step today.” Check out the full feature on BaebleMusic.com here: http://bit.ly/O1HiWb.
The rising talent released her debut album, EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD, in North America in April, and left for China soon after, where Universal Music China released the album in July. Everything In The World went Platinum in its first week. Wanting has been touring across China all summer, playing various headline shows and festivals in front of audiences of nearly 40,000; the album is now Double Platinum in China and Hong Kong.
“Angus Stone is that rare breed of man who is both rustic and sensual, something that comes across with apparent ease in his music. In this gorgeously realized psychedelic video for “Clouds Above,” Stone finds beauty in rural India,” – IFC
Angus Stone partners with IFC (International Film Channel) to exclusively premiere the video for “Clouds Above,” from his current solo effort, Broken Brights (out now).
Angus filmed and edited the video himself while in India. It beautifully weaves together the sights and colors captured through his camera lens.
"I was living with a family in the hills of Southern India and I brought my camera along to film my stay. The one thing I spent the most energy on was sitting by the hornets' nest for hours, just waiting for them to hatch. When I think back, I was very much coming to life again through my journey to India; just as the hornets were seeing the world for the first time," says Angus.
Following the announcement of their forthcoming album - Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out October 22 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records) – State Radio partners with Rolling Stone to reveal their latest single, “Big Man.” The track is one of this week’s featured “Daily Downloads”; click HERE.
As the largest international protest, The Occupy Movement inspired the story behind “Big Man.” A song about the social and economic inequality within the financial structure -- with a shout out to the late Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire) as well as references to Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom) - “Big Man” comes out one year after Occupy Wall Street received wide coverage on September 17, 2011.
"With the one year anniversary of The Occupy Movement approaching, I'm proud of our contingent here in Boston on the front lines. The song is about the economic disparity between Wall Street and the rest of us, while referencing Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom). Playing at Boston's Dewey Square was a dream for me. I was so honored to be there, let alone play music, for our brothers and sisters who are making a stand against injustice and corruption," – says lead singer/guitarist Chad Stokes.
Peter Murphy will headline the official kickoff concert for Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo this Friday, September 14 at Club Nokia. The evening will be hosted by Stan Lee & Elvira, and will feature a very special surprise duet.
Keep reading for the official press release from Comikaze Expo...
MTV World partners with Chevrolet for a new program, called Cover The Worldthatincludes four global artists that will each cover an iconic song chosen by fans. Selected to represent Australia is Angus Stone - better known as half of the acclaimed sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone, and the voice behind the pair's stand-out track "Big Jet Plane," which has more than 11 million YouTube views.
Selected for their diversity, each artist is respected and celebrated in their native country. Other participating artists include - South Korea's WonderGirls, Jamaica's Gyptian, and America's All Time Low.
Dutch-born musician, remixer and producer JUNKIE XL returns with a strikingly eclectic electronic dance music album Synthesized - out November 27 via Nettwerk Records. Leading up to his first album in four years and the sixth full-length LP in his 15-year career, he’ll release “Gloria,” a pulsating club track with tough, bass-heavy stylings featuring Fredrik of Datarock (Available October 22).
Synthesized sees Junkie XL chilling out with beautiful, lysergic lullabies such as "The Art of Luxurious Intergalactic Time Travel" and “Take Off On Molly’s E.” The album also features performances by Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) on “When Enough Is Not Enough,” Tommie Sunshine on “Love Machine” and Isis Salam (Chinese Flash Mob, Thunderheist) on “Off The Dancefloor,” as well as spoken word by Timothy Leary on “Leave Behind Your Ego,” with a rare excerpt from “The Psychedelic Experience: Going Out.” On each track you’ll not only find Junkie XL helming electronics, but playing bass, guitar and/or drums himself.
The Junkie XL moniker by Tom Holkenborg began with 1997's Saturday Teenage Kick. Unlike most producers swept up by the so-called “electronica craze,” not only did Junkie XL hang on, but flourish with a steady stream of solo efforts: 2000’s Big Sound Of The Drags and 2003’s Radio JXL: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabin. Radio JXL included collaborations with Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Gary Numan, The Cure’s Robert Smith and Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The U.S. release included the breakthrough remix of Elvis Presley’s 1968 single, “A Little Less Conversation,” marking the first time the Presley Estate ever granted permission to any producer to retouch any Elvis material. The track, originally created for a 2002 Nike World Cup Commercial, went on to be featured in several films, including Ocean’s Eleven. The song became a #1 hit in more than 20 countries worldwide.
The Be Good Tanyas caught up with Daytrotter when they were in San Francisco last month for the Outside Lands Festival. The session is live today and available here: http://tinyurl.com/9ou2gkk.
The Vancouver trio continues to tour in support of their latest release, A Collection (2000 - 2012), a 16-track career retrosection that features stand-out tracks and fan favorites from the band’s three critically-acclaimed full-length albums: Blue Horse (2001), Chinatown (2003) and Hello Love (2006). The album also features four previous unreleased tracks. September tour dates start in Eugene, OR on September 13, followed by two nights headlining the Aladdin Theatre in Portland on September 14 and 15. Keep reading for the full list of dates.
“Hyslop’s sound is a hushed and crystalline Americana folk wrapped in pillowy clouds” – Vancouver Sun “Hsylop is an instantly likeable singer-songwriter with a gift for intimacy and almost ghostly mood-making” - Straight
“Time Alone” is the latest single from Hyslop’s debut album, Where The Mountain Meets The Valley. Filmed at Mt. Lehman Winery, the clip highlights Hsylop's beautifully composed melodies and unforgettable vocal harmonies. Inspired by an array of artists - Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine – Hyslop has developed his own kind of artfully-rendered Americana.
Passenger's new album, All The Little Lights, made its North American debut last week to critical acclaim. This week, the album lands on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #95. Passenger will celebrate the release of All The Little Lights with a solo show tonight (September 6) in Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe before joining his pal Ed Sheeran on the VH1 You Oughta Know Tour With Ed Sheeran, launching Saturday, September 9 in Orlando, FL. He'll also make a solo stop in New York City at The Living Room on Thursday, September 13.
What the media is saying about All The Little Lights:
"Rosenberg’s wordplay, clever rhymes and deadpan humor distinguish him from fellow musicians lumped into the expansive “singer/songwriter” category." -- Paste Magazine
"His style of story-telling through songwriting shoots straight to the heart of what we love about music – the raw and the vulnerable and the breathtakingly beautiful." -- TheOwlMag.com
"One of the year's best albums...Rosenberg's star is on the rise." -- The Daily News (PA)