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OWL CITY RETURNS TO #1 ON BILLBOARD HOT 100
Debut Single “Fireflies” Shows No Signs of Slowing Down
New York, NY – Universal Republic Records' basement launched phenomenon Owl City reclaimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart this week after originally hitting the #1 position two weeks ago with the smash hit “Fireflies.” The song continues to break boundaries at radio as it is top 10 at both Top 40 and Hot AC formats along with impressive showings at Alternative, Triple A, and Rhythm Crossover making it one of the most requested songs in the US. “Fireflies” also sold an amazing 200,000 digital singles this week bringing sales totals over a million. Combining an impressive radio story, huge sales, a #1 song, a sold out tour in the U.S as well as sold out shows in Asia this month are all parts in making Owl City the artist development story of 2009.
A self-described ‘shy-kid' who first arrived on the music scene in 2007, Universal Republic Records has successfully translated Young's hypnotizing songscapes into mainstream captures of everyday life, connecting with radio, digital and video audiences across the U.S. Owl City 's magical mix of lively-digital rhythms and lush melodies first hatched in the basement of his parent's house is perfectly portrayed in his debut video for “Fireflies,” which depicts the affable singer performing the song in dreamy basement environment. The video is closing in on an incredible 13million views on YouTube, and surging in X-LARGE rotation on VH-1, and other video and digital platforms.
With Ocean Eyes on its way to gold status Owl City just wrapped a highly-praised sold-out U.S. tour – ‘Imagine if Nine Inch Nails traded dark for light…' raved Livedaily.com about Young's recent Hollywood show. ‘ If such a remarkable transformation took place, it would sound, look, and feel a lot like Owl City .' People who missed this past U.S. tour can catch Young's energizing show next year when Owl City hits the road again in January before touring Europe in February and then Australia and New Zealand in March.
Hailing from the small Minnesota town of Owatonna , Minnesota , (population 22,000), Young's songs convey a singular simplicity that has rocked the 24/7 non-stop-chatter of an ultra-competitive music world. Calling his homemade-basement studio ‘the cave,' other songs on the new album include “Vanilla Twilight,” which is also climbing up the iTunes singles chart and “Cave in,” “Umbrella Beach,” “Dental Care,” among others.
The brand new video from Riverboat Gamblers for the song “Victory Lap” off their critically-acclaimed album, Underneath the Owl , out now on Volcom Entertainment. It would be great if you could feature this on your site as it is an amazing video that incorporates footage of the live show the band is known for along with behind the scenes/on the road footage.
“Chest-thumping call-and-response, greasy riffs…if Against Me! had paid their dues opening for Faster Pussycat at the Whisky in 1984, they might sound something like this.” – SPIN
“...high-velocity bundles of sanded-fuzz guitars and bloodlust-rah-rah choruses..." – Rolling Stone
From the album Underneath The Owl
DIRECTOR : José Jones
The band just finished up a tour with Rise Against and Rancid and will be heading overseas for a European tour including dates at Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Upcoming tour dates:
July 04 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
July 15 Austin, TX @ Antones w/ROKY ERICKSON
Aug 15 Munster, DE @ Sputnik Halle w/Protest The Hero
Aug 16 Hanover, DE @ Chez Heinz (headline)
Aug 18 Munich, DE @ 59:1 (headline)
Aug 19 Wien, AT @ Chelsea (headline)
Aug 20 Zurich, CH @ Dynamo (headline)
Aug 21 Stuttgart, DE @ Zwolfzehn (headline)
Aug 22 Erfurt, DE @ Highfield Open Air Festival
Aug 23 Berlin, DE @ Tommyhaus (headline)
Aug 25 Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang (headline)
Aug 26 Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg w/Bouncing Souls
Aug 27 Cologne, DE @ Underground w/Bouncing Souls
Aug 28 Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Aug 29 Brighton, UK @ Freebutt (headline)
Aug 30 Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Sep 01 Paris, FR @ Cafe La Peche w/Bouncing Souls
Sep 02 Brugges, BE @ Entrepot w/Bouncing Souls
Sep 03 Groningen, NL @ Club Vera (headline)
Sep 04 Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open festival
Steve Shiffman & The Land of No Announce the Release of their Self-Titled Debut
– Out Late Summer 2009 on Tiny Beast Records
New York, NY – Steve Shiffman & The Land of No announce the release of their self-titled debut – out late Summer 2009 on Tiny Beast Records. The band laid down tracks at The Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, NY where indie stalwarts including The National, The New Pornographers, and Okkervil River among others, have also recorded. Mixed by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Lemonheads, Akron/Family) and mastered by Wharton Tiers (Sonic Youth, Nick Cave), the debut features 12 new songs. Steve Shiffman & The Land of No will be the first release for the Chicago/Portland-based independent label founded by Todd Dahlhoff (Little Joy, The Dead Trees) and brother, Tory.
Steve Shiffman originally hails from Canada and upon moving to New York City, was instantly drawn to the antifolk music scene that was bubbling underground. He soon met and teamed up with drummer Pete Hayes (The Figgs) and the duo became the first incarnation of what was to become Steve Shiffman & The Land of No. They released the home-recorded self-produced EP Tambourino in 2003 which received raves and produced successful tours on both sides of the Atlantic. The duo began to steadily expand as their popularity grew and eventually bassist Kent Heine (Holy Ghost), guitarist dAve Hollinghurst (Nicole Atkins) and guitarist Alec Ferrell (Holy Ghost) rounded out the line-up. They played a series of sold-out residencies around NYC and have toured up and down the Northeast, sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Regina Spektor, Morningwood, Adam Green, The Pernice Brothers, The Black Angels, and Jens Lekman.
Steve Shiffman & The Land of No began as a one man project and have since grown into a fully fleshed out band comprised of five eclectic musicians who each contribute their own distinctive talents. Already recognized and respected by their peers, Steve Shiffman & The Land of No are ready to introduce the rest of the world to their unique brand of songwriting.
Steve Shiffman & The Land of No is out late Summer on Tiny Beast Records. For up-to-date news and tour dates, check out www.myspace.com/steveshiffman , www.steveshiffman.com , or www.myspace.com/tinybeastrecords .
We Keep Telling You About Owl City So Listen Up!
Owl City Takes Off and Sells 20,000 Albums and 60,000 Singles in First Week!
Scores All Time #2 iTunes Single of the Week with More Than 650,000 Downloads of “Fireflies”
Collects 150,000 Views in 3 days of MySpace Video Premiere for “Fireflies”
Is Owl City on your radar? If not, then you need to pay attention! This band is hott (yes, two ‘Ts') and you have to be when you're from Minnesota.
Here's how it goes down…iTunes offers exclusive digital purchase of the full-length Ocean Eyes a couple weeks before it hits stores. And bam, one week and almost 20,000 albums later, here we are. The physical release isn't out until July 28 th so fans have been snatching up anything they can get including 60,000 singles in the first week. And this doesn't even take into account the insanity of the 650,000 downloads of “Fireflies” – the iTunes Single of the Week - last week. Owl City now sits at #2 all time for most downloads of ANY iTunes Single of the Week. Impressive.
And the eyes were on his MySpace video premiere, too. The video for “Fireflies” took in 150,000 views in 72 hours.
- Currently has #2 Overall Album + #1 Electronic Album on iTunes
- "Vanilla Twilight" single is #63 on iTunes Top 100 Songs chart (behind Michael Jackson and Kings of Leon)
- Fall Headlining Tour Kicks Off September 9 th
- 37 million MySpace plays / 8.5 million profile views
- Over 1 million songs downloaded
Owl City has no plans of slowing down so now is your time to jump on for a ride!
Brooklyn 's XYLOS releases new single "Not Enough" and premieres on MTV Iggy's "What's Fresh"!
After months of writing, recording, and mixing, Brooklyn 's Xylos unveils the first single from their upcoming 2010 debut LP produced by Britt Myers (Chairlift, Yeasayer). Peep “Not Enough,” an appropriately inappropriate account of love and sexual innuendo, now at www.myspace.com/xylos .
MTV recently shot Xylos for a special called “What's Fresh” where they introduce new and upcoming talent! You can check out the interview as well as a live acoustic performance of “Not Enough” right now at: http://subwayfreshbuzz.mtviggy.com/
Brand New To Release The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me Double LP on White Vinyl on March 23 rd , 2010
The long awaited vinyl version of Brand New's critically acclaimed third album, The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me , will be released on March 23rd on the band's own Procrastinate! Music Traitors label. The double LP will be pressed on white vinyl and will contain an additional lyric sheet that wasn't included in the CD version.
People that pre-order their copies through the band's official web store will receive their albums on March 16th.
Pre-order link: http://www.merchdirect.com/BrandNew/Vinyl/The_Devil_And_God_Are_Raging_Inside_Me_Double_White_Vinyl_LP?productid=11736
The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me was originally released in November 2006 on Interscope and the album has gone on to sell over 250,000 copies since. It also landed Brand New on countless “Best of 2006” lists and was met by a flurry of diverse critical acclaim:
“This excellent Long Island band plies dense, angry tangles of guitar and opaque lyrics of spiritual crisis, a cross between Pink Floyd and Nirvana.”- NY Times
“…conjures up Radiohead crossed with Nirvana…”- LA Times
“…a triumphant return.” – Rolling Stone
“The mall-ready hooks and occasional stabs at acoustic pop on Deja Entendu have been replaced by the sort of Radiohead-indebted bombast that begs to be played at lease-breaking volumes.” – SPIN
“'The Devil and God' plays its hurt with polish and panache, however, as Brand New's textured dynamics marry mood and an aggressive ebb-and-flow on nearly every track.” - Billboard
“America finally gets their own Radiohead.” – Alternative Press
“…dense, melodic post-rock in thrall to Pixies and My Bloody Valentine, raging between devilish scuzzcore and godlike softness.”- NME
“'The Devil and God…' stands to spin heads and speak for itself.” – Kerrang!
Bang Bang Eche Land s on Rolling Stone's “Hype Monitor”
Band Wraps Successful US Tour with Har Mar Superstar
& Performs Live on KEXP
Bang Bang Eche – T'Nealle Worsley (guitar and bass), Zach Doney (vocals), Charlie Ryder (guitar and synth), and James Sullivan (drums), — recorded their new EP, Sonic Death Cuntttt , in just three months in their hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. The hard-edged, fast-moving tracks earned the band many positive reviews and landed the band on Rolling Stone's “ HYPE MONITOR! ” – a ba rometer of all things cool and happening!
The Band: Bang Bang Eche
The Buzz: New Zealand outfit fronted by one Zach Doney makes raw, riotous, ice-cold synth rock sharp enough to cut stale bread.
Listen If: You're a DJ at a German nightclub looking for new tracks to power a long night.
Key Track: The raucous “4 to the Floor,” which is whipped around by a hyperactive guitar and Worsley's stern vocal recitation.
Bang Bang Eche Interview VIDEOS:
The New Zealand foursome just wrapped their first US tour with Har Mar Superstar. A successful trek of the US that came on the heels of a slew of shows at this year's CMJ Marathon. The band's unique, high-energy fusion of dance and punk got everyone moving and generated a lot of buzz.
“…super-hyper energy level, enthusiastic dance moves, and a gift for fitting melodies into the insanity”. - Tripwire
“…a unique blend of pure raw energy, mixed with dance and hints of hardcore…” – IFC
“ If fantastic noise-filled, high energy shows are your cup of tea, then you'll fit perfectly amongst the raucous rabble at a Bang! Bang! Eche! gig.” – Trash Menagerie
The band is currently on a headlining tour throughout Europe, followed by dates in Australia in support of their new EP. Bang Bang Eche will return to the States in Spring 2010 for the SXSW Festival.
A GREAT Start for Sky Sailing in the US !
Sky Sailing Hits High On the Charts with the Announcement of the iTunes Presale!
Just 6 hours after the announcement of Sky Sailing's presale for the album An Airplane Carried Me To Bed , the album jumped to the #4 spot on the Top Alternative Albums Chart on iTunes and the #18 spot on the Overall Albums Chart on iTunes.
Sky Sailing – An Airplane Carried Me to Bed – is an album of songs that Adam Young wrote and recorded before he started Owl City . More indie rock then whimsical electro-pop thanks to the acoustic guitar, piano and lyrics – the Sky Sailing album shows another side of Adam Young as an artist and songwriter. Early reviews have been very promising and the CD will be available for the first time ever on Universal Republic July 27 th .
“Ever since Owl City 's Adam Young made the unprecedented rise from introverted basement-dweller to Top 40 king, his smooth vocals and effortless melodies have infiltrated the hippocampuses of millions of listeners. Less than a year after the release of ‘Ocean Eyes,' ‘An Airplane Carried Me to Bed'-the debut from Young's side project, Sky Sailing-is poised to do the same.”- Alternative Press
“…the lack of overt electronic effects successfully proves to his critics, myself included, that Adam Young is clearly more than a one hit wonder. ‘An Airplane Carried Me To Bed' is a turbulence free journey for Owl City fans and skeptics alike.” - The Album Project
Sky Sailing's An Airplane Carried Me To Bed is set for release on July 27 th and from the amount of presales and early critic reviews coming in, it looks like Sky Sailing is heading for the same successful future as Owl City 's platinum selling Ocean Eyes !
Christina Perri -- About to Pop
Who: Christina Perri
Video: 'Jar of Hearts'
Hail From: Philadelphia , Pa.
For Fans Of: Avril Lavigne, Fiona Apple
Why She's About to Pop: When Christina Perri trekked from the suburbs of Philadelphia to Los Angeles with a guitar and a hope in tow, she never imagined that a modern dance routine on Fox's 'So You Think You Can Dance' would be the catalyst for her career as a singer-songwriter. She's been a roadie, a music video producer and a "fashionista barista in Beverly Hills ," but a friend passed her early demo tape of 'Jar of Hearts' on to dance choreographer Stacey Tookey. Christina Perri's song and the resulting dance routine instantly earned her a fan base.
With television exposure and a great response from social media blogs, the single catapulted to No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and to No. 1 on Amazon's digital singles chart. A fresh 24, Perri has an Atlantic record deal, an upcoming fall EP and an album release in 2011. She's also excited opening for Jason Mraz on October 8th in Santa Barbara . In an exclusive chat with PopEater, Perri talks about quitting her day job, Jason Mraz and the heart-breaker behind the single. Check out the interview and her dramatic video for 'Jar of Hearts' below after the jump.
To read the full interview and see Christina Perri's music video for “Jar of Hearts” go to: http://www.popeater.com/2010/09/16/christina-perri-about-to-pop/
'Jar of Hearts' music video is like 'SYTYCD' crack
This time next year, Christina Perri will be Katy Perry of our 2011 summer -- Atlantic records is pretty much betting their entire jar of quarters on it.
I think it's a good bet.
The first sign of the massive bank the record label is putting behind Christina Perri , the raspy vocal vixen behind the "get the frik out of my head!" song "Jar of Hearts," comes in the form of her debut music video. It's half "Heroes" and half ballerina "Thriller" and chock-full of dancers you probably know ... if you know dancers.
Check out the vid below, featuring "So You Think You Can Dance" all-stars Allison Holker, and Kathryn McCormick!
To see Christina Perri's music video for “Jar of Hearts” on the NY Post's PopWrap, go here: http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/jar_of_hearts_music_video_is_like_ZTdg21wP165QBQ7M4WxoOK
Christina Perri will be releasing a live EP late this fall with her debut ablum to be released in early 2011. She will be performing with Jason Mraz on his tour date in Santa Barbara on 10/8. Check out the music video for “Jar of Hearts” released this week at the above websites. For the most up to date information, go to Christina Perri's website at http://www.christinaperri.com/
CLARE MAGUIRE SIGNS TO UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS
UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS proudly announces the U.S. signing of CLARE MAGUIRE .
The 22-year-old Irish phenom will release her anxiously awaited debut album via UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC in spring 2011. Blending bombastic bluesy emotion, seductive crooning and pop theatricality, there's no one quite like CLARE MAGUIRE .
CLARE MAGUIRE vocally channels Kate Bush and Annie Lenox , while igniting a fire that's decidedly hers alone. One of her songs, "Ain't Nobody," has been making waves across the pond and is set for release in the U.S. digitally on October 26 th . The song segues from a synth swell into an orchestral hook that paves the way for pop's future. With a chorus that palpitates like a heartbeat, "Ain't Nobody" stretches to divine heights on the wings of this talented young singer's voice.
CLARE MAGUIRE is an artist to keep an eye on… Based on the strength of her demos, she garnered 1.5 million hits on MySpace. Jarvis Cocker, Plan B and a host of other producers and artists have offered songs to her, and she's caught both Rick Rubin and Jay-Z's attention. There's a flurry of buzz from tastemakers and fans alike for the simple reason that she has a voice and songwriting style that can change music.
For UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC , this signing follows in the footsteps of other incredible success stories such as Florence + the Machine and Amy Winehouse, and the label's excitement for CLARE MAGUIRE is equally uncontainable.
NME describes her sound best as "A mainstream-leaning, electro flecked amalgam of Eurythmics, Kate Bosh, Fleetwood Mac and Florence + the Machine. "
Currently, CLARE MAGUIRE is on a UK tour supporting Hurts and Plan B , and she'll be officially crossing the pond for her formal introduction to the U.S later this year. "Ain't Nobody" simply sets the stage for her arrival, and it's going to be a big one.
The U.S. will soon see there ain't nobody like CLARE MAGUIRE …
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Universal Republic Records, launched in 1995 by Monte and Avery Lipman, has quickly evolved into one of the most successful new labels of the last decade. A division of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists as well as innovative imprints and digital business ventures. It is comprised of Universal Republic and Republic Nashville Records, and is in partnerships with Big Machine, Cash Money, Lava Records and Downtown Records, among others. The company's roster boasts such chart-topping artists as Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Enrique Iglesias, Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, Lil' Jon, Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Owl City, Godsmack, Jack Johnson, Florence + The Machine, and Damian Marley among many others.
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