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Week 37 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 12. Sep, 2014

New Sandra Kolstad track, Samsaya supporting Lily Allen in the US, music start-up Soundrop honoured and the weekly Nordic Playlist – it’s our Week in Review.

Zero Gravity State Of Mind’ – Sandra Kolstad premieres new track

Leading up the release of her third album ‘Zero Gravity State Of Mind’, Sandra Kolstad dropped a new single with the same title this week. Writes Ja Ja Ja Music on the promising new track: ‘As ‘Zero Gravity State Of Mind’ pops and twitches into life, for a moment it feels like you’re listening to music from an advert sent via a wormhole from the future. Of course, the only thing from the future that’s really at work here is Kolstad’s forward-thinking take on pop.’

Listen to Kolstad’s tak eon forward-thingkin pop HERE.

Kolstad’s next international live appearance is a head-to-head DJ battle with Asbjørn at Ja Ja Ja Berlin Pre-Launch Party alongside Sin Fang, Molly Nilsson and Sóley on September 24th.

Samsaya opening for Lily Allen in the US

On short notice, Samsaya announced a high-profile US tour this week, opening for no other than Lily Allen. The Music Norway-supported tour kicked off in Orlando earlier this week – follow the rest of the journey and see all live dates HERE.

5 European startups making (sound) waves in the music industry

This week, Tech.eu is highlighting 15 European-grown companies making waves in the industry, particularly in the realms of music streaming, creation, marketing and social engagement. Alongside such heavyweights as Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud, Norway’s Soundrop makes it to the coveted list. Founded in 2011, Soundrop offers a social music discovery app as well as marketing tools for artists and labels to promote their music. The startup has received about $6.4 million in funding to date and boasts offices in Oslo, New York, Los Angeles and London.
More on the europeant music startups HERE.

Ja Ja Ja Berlin Opening Night Line Up Announced

The successful UK Ja Ja Ja club nights are now getting a German sibling: Ja Ja Ja Berlin will kick off on the 9th October in the stunning setting of FluxBau, where, on the second Thursday of each month, Berlin residents will be treated to the Nordics finest new talent. Norway is represented by no other than fine duo Alfred Hall – a pair that have excelled at conjuring up a euphoric style of pop, utilising natural falsetto reminiscent of ethereal Danes Mew, and a barrage of astral synths, twinkling guitars and sublime melodies.
More info HERE

Music Norway’s website nominated for awards

We’re pretty stoked: Music Norway’s website has been nominated for two different web awards this week! Not only have we been nominated for an Awwwards, we’ve also been honoured with a second nomination for the Favourite Website Awards.
Cast your votes!


New Nordic Playlist by Moddi

For the past few years, Pål Moddi Knutsen has been enchanting audiences far and wide with his wistful tales of home, life and love, all passionately delivered with his trademark lulling vocals and irresistible guitar-led melodies. This week, the celebrated singer/songwriter have been given the honor of curating the new Nordic Playlist this week.

To accompany a strong selection of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Icelandic entries, Moddi chose Emilie Nicolas’ ‘Nobody Knows’ and Gjermund Larsen Trio’s ‘Tøyenvals’ as his Norwegian favs.

The Nordic Playlist folks caught up with Moddi ahead of his EP release to find out more about its creation and to hear about his favourite Nordic tracks and artists. Tune in to his Nordic Playlist and read the interview HERE