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.
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.
About four years ago, Mike Rosenberg took to the streets with nothing but his songs and his guitar in the hopes of financing an album and making some new fans. Fast-forward to present day, and Rosenberg (aka Passenger) is on a worldwide trek, conquering one country at a time with his unique blend of the humorous and the heartbreaking. Since his last run in North America, including a fall tour supporting Ed Sheeran and a sold-out two week headline tour in December, Passenger has been selling out headline shows across the UK and Europe. He joined his good mate Ed Sheeran on an Australian and New Zealand run of dates, before launching his own sold out headline tour of Australia last month. Now, Passenger prepares to return to North America for his biggest headline tour to date, starting July 10 in Vancouver, BC and wrapping September 7 in Orlando, FL (all tour dates below).
Passenger releasedAll The Little Lights on Nettwerk last August; the album debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in its first week and has remained on the chart for 31 consecutive weeks. Stand-out single “Let Her Go” has reached over 18 million views on YouTube, and continues to pop up on Spotify’s weekly Top 10 Most Viral Tracks. Meanwhile, “Let Her Go” has reached #1 in nine countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and New Zealand. The album was also named the “Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012” by iTunes UK, and featured on both iTunes U.S. and Canada as a 2012 Chart Topper.
Nettwerk is excited to share the Nettwerk Spring Music Sampler 2013, highlighting some of the exciting music coming from Nettwerk artists this spring, as well as some recent favorites. The sampler features stand-out tracks from the label's latest signings, like the buzzed about Swiss-German female duo BOY, Australia’s The Paper Kites, Brooklyn fantasy pop duo Savoir Adore, and Vancouver indie pop trio (and JUNO nominee) Hey Ocean!. The sampler also includes songs from some of Nettwerk's best, like Family of the Year, Morgan Page, k-os, Delerium, Passenger, and Wanting.
Download it for FREE on Amazon (US) or HMV (Canada), and enjoy!
This week, Passenger scored his eight #1 in Australia, where single "Let Her Go" reached the top of the ARIA Charts, pushing Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis to #2. Watch his performance of the track yesterday on Australia's #1 breakfast television show, Sunrise, and stay tuned for some exciting North American tour announcements in the coming weeks.
Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) began his Sunday Night Video Series 7 weeks ago. Every Sunday night, he shares with his fans a new video of an acoustic performance, each featuring a different special collaborator. Fans were ecstatic to see his latest post - a performance of "Hearts On Fire" with Ed Sheeran filmed at the O2 Arena in Dublin. Check out the gorgeous performance above, along with the other fantastic videos from Passenger and his various talented collaborators.
Stay tuned for North American tour news from Passenger coming soon!
“If the world was fair, Mike Rosenberg would be as famous as his friend Ed Sheeran..."
-The Times (UK)
Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) has been in the midst of a sold-out UK/European tour since the start of the new year, but his momentum on this side of the pond isn't slowing down. His album, All The Little Lights, is in its 25th straight week on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, with its second strongest sales week since its release in August. Single "Let Her Go" continues to sell more than 3,000 units a week, bringing total track sales to over 60,000 in the U.S., while the accompanying video now boasts more than 9 million views on YouTube (watch it here).
As Mike continues on his headline world tour, "Let Her Go" has reached #1 in Ireland, Holland, Sweden and Belgium, and is continuing to climb the charts in the UK and Germany. Next he'll head to Australia and then he'll hit the European festival circuit before making his way back to North America for more headline tour dates this summer. See his current tour dates here.
Meanwhile, his good friend Ed Sheeran, who Mike spent the better part of a year touring with as support, is currently touring North America with Taylor Swift. Sheeran has been posting behind-the-scenes tour videos, including this gem, which shows Ed reacting to hearing Passenger's "Let Her Go" on the radio in Nashville.
After 19 straight weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, Passenger's Nettwerk debut album, All The Little Lights, has landed at #7, its highest chart position to date. Additionally, the video for stand-out single, "Let Her Go," gained over 4 million YouTube in about six weeks, bringing the current total to 5.6 million views. Watch “Let Her Go” above.
After a hugely successful support slot with Ed Sheeran throughout Europe and North American in the fall, Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) returned to North America for his first proper headline tour in December '12, selling out shows in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and Vancouver. As the year came to a close, All The Little Lights was named by iTunes UK as the "Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012," while iTunes U.S. featured the album as a 2012 Chart Topper. "Let Her Go" appeared as on of Spotify's Top 10 Most Viral Tracks for the week of December 10.
Passenger will launch his sold-out headline UK tour this Sunday, January 13, and will spend the majority of winter touring through Europe before heading down to Australia in March. He plans to return to North America in spring 2013.
Quotes From The Media:
"Heartfelt songs from a British Troubadour." - WNYC Soundcheck
"[All The Little Lights is] a heartfelt collection of charming folk songs full of witty observations, well-crafted lyrics, and compelling choruses." - The Onion AV Club
"Like contemporaries Milo Greene and Greg Laswell, as well as more well-known artists like Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Leonard Cohen, Britain’s Passenger (the pseudonym of Michael Rosenberg) is remarkably honest, fragile, focused, and confident…All the Little Lights is a masterful work of art, plain and simple." - Pop Matters (9/10 stars)
"Rosenberg’s wordplay, clever rhymes and deadpan humor distinguish him from fellow musicians lumped into the expansive ‘singer/songwriter’ category." - Paste Magazine
"This man is brilliant and humble. He’s troubling and hilarious. He’s lighthearted and full of heart. His performance mirrored these contrasts...Passenger’s live performance is an experience. " - The Owl (live review)
"Passenger …infuses his guitar-driven pop balladry with a dose of real-life storytelling that is wrapped in his one-of-a-kind vocal delivery that is instantly recognizable....Like any timeless pop, what makes Passenger's music ultimately so compelling is that it's written straight from the heart. " –ArjanWrites.com
"[Passenger's] command of the venue was obvious, as he was the only performer that night able to completely silence the crowd." - ConcertBlogger (live review)
"All The Little Lights sees Rosenberg shine at his brightest as both a songwriter and performer." - ArtistDirect
"Mike Rosenberg's crafted some of the very best observational songwriting of the year with his lovely new album, All the Little Lights." - BaebleMusic.com
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share that iTunes has named three of its artists in their “Best of 2012” round-ups in various territories around the globe: fun., Passenger and Wanting.
Nettwerk Management client fun. claims “Best Song of 2012” on the U.S. iTunes store for their smash single “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe).” The track has sold nearly 6 million copies, with the video boasting more than 157 million YouTube views. The trio, who released their debut album Aim And Ignite on Nettwerk Records in 2009, recently received six GRAMMY nominations for their breakthrough album, Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen). Some Nights is also iTunesCanada's"Best Pop Album of 2012." Watch “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” here: http://bit.ly/rKUQ1f.
Passenger, one of the latest additions to Nettwerk’s label roster, grabs the “Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012” in the UKiTunes store for his latest album, All The Little Lights. The UK-born troubadour (real name Mike Rosenberg) has spent the last year playing sold-out headline gigs around the globe, as well as opening for Ed Sheeran in North America and the UK. His break-out single “Let Her Go” has over 4 million YouTube views and continues to see track sales upwards of 2,000 copies a week. In the U.S., All The Little Lights is in its 15th straight week on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Additionally, the iTunes U.S. store chose All The Little Lights for inclusion in their current 2012 Chart Toppers sale, while iTunesCanada chose to feature the album in their yearly competitive “Boxing Week” sale. Watch “Let Her Go” here: http://bit.ly/Op4Qxw.
Lastly, Netttwerk management, label and publishing client Wanting takes “Best Album of 2012” honors in four different iTunes territories: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. The Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter (who sings in both English and Mandarin) released her debut album Everything In The World earlier this year. The album went Platinum in China in its first week, and today is Triple Platinum in China, Double Platinum in Hong Kong and Platinum in Malaysia. Last week, Wanting received 10 Chinese Music Chart Award nominations, including "Album of the Year," "Most Popular New Artist of the Year," and "Best Singer/Songwriter of the Year." She has achieved more than 10 million combined views on YouTube, 8 million combined views on Chinese YouTube (YouKu) and has more than 600,000 followers on Chinese Twitter (Weibo). She has also been featured in a slew of North American press, from CBC’s The Q with Jian Ghomeshi, The Atlantic, Billboard.biz and CBC’s The National, to major Chinese-language media like Sinovision, World Journal, Sing Tao and Epoch Times. Watch the video for “You Exist In My Song” (featured in the Chinese cult film Love In The Buff) here: http://bit.ly/No6PT8.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from these and other Nettwerk artists in the new year!
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You don’t have to spend long in the company of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass to work out the secret behind the success of Swiss/German duo BOY’s debut album. Mutual Friends is a magical collection of songs – suffused with equal parts joy and melancholy – that reflects the two women’s personalities flawlessly. Mutual Friends is an album of simple, heartfelt pop decorated with art school elegance and occasional folky flourishes. Their infectiously catchy single, "Little Numbers," has collected more than 7 million views on YouTube.