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Week 27 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 04. Jul, 2014

A new Music Norway Øya playlist, Cahmere Cat fronting a new SoundCloud hit, a new ‘The Fox’ phenomenon in the making, and the week’s Nordic Playlist – it’s the Music Norway Week in Review.

Music Norway’s Øya Festival highlights

Just a month away, Oslo’s Øya Festival is one of the year’s highlights for most of us. We’ve compiled a playlist featuring the Norwegian acts set to play the vibrant festival in August. A perfect soundtrack for the summer right here:

Nico & Vinz  retain strong Billboard Hot 100 position

Nico & Vinz stateside success does not seem to fade away: after reaching a record No#4 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, the two remain on the same spot this week. Earlier this week the two claimed their first stateside No#1 chart position as they reached number one on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs


Cashmere Cat – fuelling SoundCloud smash hit ‘OctaHate’

Ryn Weaver’s track ‘OctaHate’ has proved to be a big hit on SoundCloud in later weeks, having racked up more than 740 000 plays within a short period of time. The relatively unknown artist receives solid support on her new track: producer/DJ Cashmere cat teams up with mentor Benny Blanco to write/produce and support the track. Earlier this week, Cashmere Cat also announced another high-profile assignment: a feature on the upcoming Ariana Grande album.
More on the OctaHate campaign HERE.

‘Salsa Tequila’ – 2014’s Summer anthem?

An unlikely contender for 2014’s ultimate summer anthem status is a Spanish-language track written by a Norwegian that doesn’t speak the language. ‘Salsa Tequila’, written and performed by producer/comedian Anders Nilsen has gone truly viral over the last weeks, racking up more than 900 000 Youtube views.
International download sales of the track are also escalating – ‘Salsa Tequila’ is currently No#1 on Hollland’s iTunes Charts.

More on the phenomenon HERE

Nordic Playlist Øya Festival Special


This week, Claes Olsen from Oslo’s Øya Festival has gathered his Nordic Øya-favourites in a solid, up-tempo ten-track Nordic Playlis with a nice, soft ending. In the not-to-be-missed Nordic Playlist interview accompanying the playlist, the festival founder and booker takes readers behind the scenes for this year’s edition of Øya. Listen in and read up HERE.