Music industry execs and musicians have bare had time to recover from last week´s by:Larm before it´s time to head over to Austin´s SXSW and start all over again. We have recovered enough to compile some of the news stories that have trickled in over the last days in our Week in Review feature.
First by:Larm reviews in
Last week´s by:Larm Festival in Oslo went down as a resounding success with packed venues and a solid international delegation of music execs taking in Scandinavia´s finest. The first revivews from international music media has started to trickle in, with The Line of Best Fit being one of the first outlets to post their live favourites from Oslo. Farao, Emilie Nicholas, Young Dreams, Hanne Kolstø, Sea Change are ranked among TLoBF´s finest live moments last weekend. Full report HERE.
New Lemaitre track
Fresh off a super-successful by:Larm appearance, Lemaitre premiered a new single ´High Tide´ this week before setting off for Austin and SXSW where the duo is set to play gigs at the Parish Underground on 12 March at 11.20PM and Palm Door on Sixth at 14 March 05.30PM. Full line-up of all Norwegian acts at SXSW can be found HERE.
TONO reveals domestic streaming percentage
Norway´s Performing Rights Society, TONO, revealed last week its official statistics detailing local repertoire´s stake of the total streaming market. For the domestic music industry, the TONO figures confirmed assumptions made in recent months, the national repertoire´s stake is low; only 12 per cent of music streamed on the Norwegian market is by Norwegian rights holders. The figures are based on statements from the Norwegian streaming market´s three main players; Spotify, WiMP and Beat.no, detailing payments to TONO-registered rights-holders. Still, TONO claims the low figure represents a positive trend – the equivalent 2010 number of national repertoire´s market stake was as low as 9,5 per cent. Norway´s streaming market has doubled since 2009 and 2013 saw TONO collecting and distributing NOK 70m to its rights holders.
More on TONO´s report HERE.
Big in Japan
Last week proved to be a good one for songwriters affiliated with Warner/Chappel Music Norway. The publishing company reports that noted songwriters Jesper Borgen and Ingrid Helgor reached No#1 on the Interantional iTunes Charts with Japanese outfit Girls Generation´s new album ´Mr.Mr´. The album, which features several tracks penned by Borgen/Helgor is now ranking high on iTunes’ Pop and album charts in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, U.S., Canada, and is rapidly growing in several other territories. More HERE.
Mats Lie Skåre aka Slipmats is another songwriter with a strong track record on the Japanese market. This week saw him racking up yet another No#1 on Japanese album charts with Koda Kumi´s ´Bon Voyage´. More on the album´s performance HERE.
New Nordic Playlist
The latest Nordic Playlist is devoted in its entirety to the Nordic Music Prize awarded during last week´s by:Larm. The offering of this award gives an overview of what’s considered to be some of the best music made in the region in recent months, honouring the most creative and talented artists from the Nordic countries. The prize winner was selected by a hand picked jury, headed up by Swedish journalist Andres Lokko, and which this year included Rough Trade Records‘ Jeanette Lee, Domino Records‘ Laurence Bell and Jonathan Galkin from DFA Records. The recipients of the 2014 award were Sweden’s The Knife, and the NPL playlist includes Norwegian entries by Jenny Hval, Mona & Maria and Atlanter. Tune in HERE.
Mikael Paskalev´s Australian campaign
Following a string of successful UK live dates in Feb, Mikhael Paskalev is currently touring Australia and has generated considerable media attention over the last week. His single ´I Spy´has performed well on Australian radio and his album ´What´s Life Without Losers´saw its Australian/New Zealand release this week. Writes Rip it Up Magazine in its 5/5 album review: Is it too soon to call album of the year? In March? NEVER. If I received this bundle of delightful joy as a New Year’s gift at 12:01am on New Year’s Day I would have decided it was album of the year from the very moment it caressed my hearing implements.´ Paskalev is set to play Melbourne´s The Howler on Feb 7th and Adelaide´s WOMADelaide on Feb 8th.
Read Rip it Up Magazine´s full Mikhael Paskalev interview HERE.