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Week 16 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 17. Apr, 2015

A new US chart-topper, Highasakite’s Bon Iver tribute, Todd Terje’s take on his animated video hit and Alfred Hall confirmed for Midem’s Artis Accelerator – it’s the Music Norway’s Week in Review.

US iTunes chart-topper

Astrid - No# on iTunes US charts w/Shawn Mendes

Hot on the heels of the Norwegian chart-topper in Japan () comes another chart (partly) Norwegian success – this time it is a No#1 on the US iTunes album charts. Artist Astrid Smeplass, who generated plenty buzz at music industry event by:Larm earlier this year, is featured on Shawn Mendes’ debut album, lending her voice to the track ‘Air’ as the album’s only featured guest vocalist. Shawn Mendes and Astrid share the same record label, Universal Music US, and her debut album expected later this year is eagerly awaited by industry execs.

Highasakite premieres Bon Iver tribute

When Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon saw Norway’s Highasakite perform at the 2012 Øya Festival in Oslo, he became an instant fan. This week, Highasakite finally released their version of Bon Iver´s ‘Heavenly Father’, written and released for the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s 2014 film Wish I Was Here.

Todd Terje confirmed for Glastonbury

This week, Todd Terje was announced as one of the 2015 Glastonbury confirmed artists alongside such acts as Patti Smith, Pharrell Williams, Deadmau5, Suede and Lionel Richie. The fantastic animated video for Todd Terje’s ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’ has been doing the rounds on the web in later weeks – read a highly entertaining interview with the creators of the video. The interviewer? No other than Terje himself!

Alfred Hall confirmed for Midem Artist Accelerator

Alfred Hall - to Cannes in June

Midem has announced the finalists confirmed for the Artist Accelerator program at this year’s music industry convention in June. Norway’s Alfred Hall are one of the exclusive 15 finalists selected among 500 entries that get to perform showcases, partake in the Global Sync & Brands Summit sessions, receive mentoring an much more – congrats!

Taake to embark on first North American tour

Taake - first North American tour in June

Despite a history spanning over two decades, iconic Black Metallers Taake have never previously toured in North America. In june that is about to change with the band set to headline their first ever tour of the continent.

Tour dates HERE.

New Nordic Playlist

Danes Mew are the curators of this week’s Nordic Playlist. A retro-tinged selection from the Danes this time: a-ha shine with their 80’s anthem ‘Take on Me’ and Briskeby conjure up vivid memories with their late 90s/early 00s mammoth hit ‘Propaganda’.

Listen HERE.

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