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Week 44 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 31. Oct, 2014

Kygo and Susanne Sundfør announce new solo albums, Scandinavian streaming market-themed NYC conference and Tidal’s strong launch in the US and UK – it’s the Music Norway Week in Review.

Billboard: ‘Kygo – EDM’s next superstar’

Fresh off from filling in for Avicii at the Tomorrowland Festival, Kygo is in the midst of a rapidly evolving career. This week, Billboard ran a major feature on the highly popular producer/remixer/DJ, telling the story behind Kygo’s recent signing with Sony, his contribution to the next Entorage soundtrack and his upcoming spring 2015 solo album.

‘Ten Love Songs’- Susanne Sundfør announces new studio album

This week, Susanne Sundfør announced a much-anticipated follow up to her celebrated album ‘The Silicone Veil’. ‘Ten Love Songs’, Sundfør’s fourth solo album, is set for a release on EMI on February 16 2015. Says Sundfør on her new outing: – When I first started to work on the album, I wanted to make an album about violence, and then, as I was writing the songs, there were violent aspects, but they were usually about love or relationships, how you connect with other people. And in the end, that turned out to be 10 love songs.

Tidal off to a strong start in UK and US

Tidal, the international version of Norwegian music streaming service WiMP’s hi-res version, was recently launched in the US and UK. After the initial weeks on the market, the first consumer reviews of the high-fidelity streaming service are now in. The Guardian, Tech Radar and Forbes have all posted favorable reviews of the new service over the last week.

The Future of the Streaming Economy – Scando-themed NYC seminar next week

Subscription streaming music and the opportunities and challenges it presents to the global music industry is the subject of an upcoming conference sponsored by the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the NYU on November 7. Led by Norwegian musician, entrepreneur, and educator Stein Bjelland, who joined the faculty of the Clive Davis Institute earlier this fall, the conference is the culmination of a class also taught by Bjelland, both of which focus on the streaming music industry in Scandinavia, home to Tidal and Spotify and widely considered the leading region for innovation in recorded music streaming. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to catch up on trends on the world’s leading streaming markets.

The Line of Best Fit on Hanne Kolstø

The much-anticipated release of Hanne Kolstø’s fourth album ‘Forever Maybe’ is drawing closer. This week, The Line of Best Fit sat down with Kolstø ahead of her recent Ja Ja Ja gig in London to talk about her new album, her musical upbringing and plans for next year.

Nordic Playlist

No weekend without it, the new Nordic Playlist is here. Curated by no other than Sweden’s Lykke Li, the latest Nordic Playlist features, alongside a tasteful selection of Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic tracks, entries by such strong Norwegian acts as Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør.
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