"Passenger's Worldwide Ride Continues..." -- Billboard Magazine "Bubbling Under"
Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, continues to climb the UK charts this week with his international hit single "Let Her Go" moving up to #2. The single has already reached #1 on 14 different international charts, with its accompanying video (above) approaching 34 million YouTube views. This week's issue of Billboard Magazine featured the UK troubadour in its "Bubbling Under" column, in which the staff looks at new and noteworthy acts making their way towards major Billboard chart success.
Passenger will return to North America for his largest headline tour of the territory to date, starting July 10 in Vancouver, BC. Shows in San Diego, Boston, Montreal and New York City have already sold out. See all dates HERE.
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.
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.
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Nettwerk Music Grouphas started off the New Year on a high note, coming off of an exciting 2012 across all facets of the company.
On the management side, the biggest story of the year was fun., who broke out with their smash single “We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae” from sophomore album Some Nights (Fueled by Ramen). The single has gone on to sell over 10.5 million digital copies worldwide and boasts more than 160 million YouTube views, while the album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. The band ended the year with six Grammy® nominations including Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Song of the Year.
Internationally, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting (who is signed to Nettwerk's management, label and publishing rosters) 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 is nominated for 10 Chinese Music Chart Awards (similar to the Grammy Awards), including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Singer/Songwriter of the Year.
LA-based band Family of the Year, who sits on Nettwerk’s management and label rosters, saw a local buzz early last year grow into full-fledged national acclaim. Their track “Hero” debuted at #28 on the Triple A Chart (now Top 10), leading Billboard Magazine to highlight them in their “Bubbling Under” weekly feature. The band has seen huge licensing success, with tracks featured in the HBO series Girls, a national Advil television commercial, and a major placement in the anticipated film Thanks For Sharing, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo. They ended 2012 with their debut national TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, and a nod from the Huffington Post, which said, "Family of the Year should be going places besides their next tour stop. Loma Vista is pure pop bliss...it deserves to appear on many year-end Top 10 lists."
Label artist Passenger started off 2013 with his latest album, All The Little Lights,achieving its highest chart ranking (#7) on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, where it has appeared for 22 straight weeks and counting. The video for lead single “Let Her Go” exploded on YouTube, gaining 6 million views over two months and bringing the current total to 7 million. In the UK, iTunes named All The Little Lights the “Best Singer/Songwriter Album of 2012.” Passenger’s fan-base grew exponentially after extensive tour dates with Ed Sheeran in the U.S. and Europe, leading to his own sold-out debut headline tour in December. He is currently in the midst of a sold-out UK/European headline run.
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
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