Another busy week on the Norwegian music scene: IFPI/GramArt explain why nobody are downloading music illegally in Norway anymore, Aurora and Intertwine reap the benefits after their strong Eurosonic gigs, a new Norwegian-penned Japanese chart-topper and top-tier collaborations for Cashmere Cat and Matoma – it’s our Week in Review.
Norway has figured out how to solve the problem of music piracy
This story has made rounds on the web this week; IFPI Norway and GramArt report that over the last five years, the number of people admitting to illegally downloading files online has gone from 80% of survey respondents to just 4%. The survey also revealed that less than 1% of young people in Norway said illegal downloads were their main source of music.
The Business Insider has the full story.
Aurora – post-Eurosonic ETEP success
Aurora’s recent Eurosonic showcase generated plenty of music industry buzz. Now, her successful gig has materialized into concrete results as she ranks high on the European Talent Exchange Programme’s ranking of artist that have generated festival interest at the ETEP Artists 1st selection meeting. Aurora is on a impressive shared 2nd spot on the list among a total of 186 acts
Intertwine signs to The Agency Group
Another positive outcome of the Eurosonic Noorderslag music industry festival in Groningen: Intertwine have now announced that they’ve teamed up with The Agency Group in the UK. Ben Kouijzer will now handle the band’s international booking.
Ariana Grande + Cashmere Cat
After having produced ‘Be My Baby’ on her chart-topping album ‘My Everything, Ariana Grande now returns the favor to Cashmere Cat. Earlier this week she tweeted that she is contributing with vocals for the Cat’s upcoming album. Late Feb sees Cashmere Cat joining Ariana Grande as an opening act on the US dates on her ‘Honeymoon tour’.
Silent Treatment nominated for album of the year at Impala awards
It’s been a banner week for Highasakite who are currently in the midst of a successful Australian tour. Having scored a spot on the Triple J Hot 100 earlier this week, Highasakite were bestowed with more acclaim with an Album of the Year nomination at the Impala Awards. The award, awarded by the Independent Music Companies Association, celebrates the rich musical talent and diversity demonstrated by independent European releases, and the winner is selected based on its exceptional quality.
Matoma + Notorious B.I.G
Following nearly 6,5 million Soundcloud plays – P. Diddy and the Notorious B.I.G. team have now given the thumbs up to Norwegian producer Matoma: 17th of February marks the Atlantic & Big Beat Records’ release of Matoma’s remix of Biggie’s ‘Want That Old Thing Back’ which is released world-wide as an official single. Matoma and The Notorious B.I.G. are credited as main artits (feat. Ja Rule & Ralph Tresvant) under the moniker ‘Old Thing Back’.
Norwegian-penned chart-topper in Japan
Last week saw more than 100.000 units shifted of KAT-TUN’s latest single ‘Dead or Alive’ in 24 hours. The massive sales catapulted the release to the top of Japan’s Hot 100 charts, earning Norwegian songwriter and producer Magnus Bertelsen a Gold Record for his songwriting skills. Boyband KAT-TUN have released a string of outings since their debut in 2006, earning them a massive domestic following and eight consecutive No#1 spots on Japan’s album charts. ‘Dead or Alive’ is the band’s 23rd consecutive No#1 single in a row.
No weekend without it: the latest Nordic Playlist is curated by Finland’s Satellite Stories. Norwegian entries on the Satellite’s playlist includes Kakkmaddafakka and Cashmere Cat.
Full playlist and curator interview HERE.