IMNZ Newsletter & Charts to January 25: IMNZ’s Top Sellers and Most Played of 2014

Welcome to Waitangi Day week – we have news of a special concert at the very historically significant Bastion Point. The first Tui of the year – Best Folk Album – has been awarded; there are some great events on the horizon; and artists from the IMNZ whanau are getting their teeth firmly into releasing new songs and videos. We also hear the latest news from European-based independent music body IMPALA. Plus we get a nice mention from the NZ Music Foundation!

And Radioscope have kindly rounded up the top-selling IMNZ albums, singles and most-played songs of 2014.

Week To Thursday, 22 January 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 22 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 1 28 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 4 172 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
4 3 9 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
5 - 13 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
6 5 83 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 11 32 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
8 10 59 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
9 9 28 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
10 13 275 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
11 17 221 Kora Kora Border plat x2
12 12 196 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
13 15 51 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
14 18 11 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
15 14 34 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 - 57 Soulstice Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1
17 7 71 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
18 - 12 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
19 8 4 Back In The Day ManaLion Rhythm/DRM
20 - 69 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1

Week To Thursday, 22 January 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 12 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 5 So High Six60 Massive
3 3 31 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 20 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 6 55 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 7 147 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 5 8 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
8 9 83 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
9 8 14 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
10 10 102 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1

Week To Sunday, 25 January 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 12 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 1 17 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 4 2 So High Six60 Massive
4 5 10 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
5 3 31 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 6 9 Cool It She’s So Rad FTC/Rhythm/DRM
7 7 23 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
8 9 2 Helensville SJD RoundTripMars
9 - 17 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
10 - 19 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS

Winning with the New Zealand Music Foundation
As reported a couple of weeks back, The New Zealand Music Foundation competition in conjunction with The Winery Tour 2015 has now come to a successful conclusion.

Winners Annie and Ken of Auckland (pictured) took out one of the double pass prizes and attended the Villa Maria Winery concert last Sunday. Winners of the second double pass, Nicky and Simone, also from Auckland, will be attending the Matakana date at the Ascension Wine Estate in a week’s time.

General Manager of The New Zealand Music Foundation, Peter Dickens, says the partnership with The Winery Tour and the competition are invaluable to the development of the charity. “Through this competition and the generous support of organisations like IMNZ in spreading the word, we’re able to gain supporters and raise the profile of our work, which is really vital. The money we raise at the concerts will allow us to change more lives of those in need when we look at our portfolio of music-based projects again in March.” The charity will have a stand at the Matakana and Hamilton legs of the tour, where IMNZ members and the public can meet the team and find out more information.

http://www.nzmusicfoundation.org.nz/

2014 IMNZ Top Sellers and Most Played

Thanks to Radioscope

Annual Top 20 Albums of 2014
Based on retail sales for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.
Rank Title Artist Label/Distributor
1 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
2 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet
3 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
4 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
5 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 Six60 Six60 Massive
7 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
8 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
9 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
12 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
13 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
14 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone
15 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
17 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
18 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
19 iTunes Session EP Six60 Massive
20 Tomokia Toni Huata Ode/DRM
Annual Top 20 Singles of 2014
Based on retail sales for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.
Rank Title Artist Label/Dist
1 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet
2 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet
3 Special Six60 Massive
4 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG
5 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
6 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
7 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG
8 Start A Revolution Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
9 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
10 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
11 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive
12 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone
13 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
14 Forever Six60 Massive
15 Waterfalls Six60 Massive
16 Little Pills Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
17 Only To Be Six60 Massive
18 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
19 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
20 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
Annual Top 20 Most Played of 2014
Based on airplay for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.
Rank Title Artist Label/Dist
1 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet
2 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet
3 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
4 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
5 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
6 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
7 That’s My Donell Lewis FMG
8 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
9 Celeste Ezra Vine LTPS
10 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG
11 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive
12 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy FMG
13 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG
14 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
15 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
16 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
17 Love Love Love Avalanche City LTPS
18 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
19 Never Leave Me Again OpShop Rhythm/DRM
20 Home Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM

International and Industry Action

Mel Parsons touring in North America
February sees singer-songwriter and Outward Sound grant recipient Mel Parsons touring in Canada and showcasing in the USA, before heading back to our shores to perform at WOMAD in Taranaki this March. The singer will take in 12 shows through Alberta, finishing off with a support slot for Canadian folk legend James Keelaghan in Calgary on Feb 13th. Following the Canadian shows, Mel will head down to Kansas City, Missouri, where she is an official showcasing artist at Folk Alliance International. At Folk Alliance for the second time, Parsons has been invited to speak on an international panel and will be presenting on independent touring in Australia & New Zealand. Parsons will be joined at Folk Alliance by her guitarist Gerry Paul, who has been performing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in a collaboration with TrinityRoots and his Irish-based group ALDOCmelparsons.com

Great North claims second Folk Tui
Up In Smoke by Great North has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Best Folk Album at the Auckland Folk Festival in Kumeu last weekend. It is the second folk Tui for the Auckland-based band, their previous victory coming in 2013 with Halves. Great North is a sextet comprising Hayden and Rachel Donnell, Dale Campbell, Strahan Cole, Ryan Attwood and Matthew Hutching. The band is produced and engineered by David Parker. The other finalists for the 2015 Folk Tui were new IMNZ member, Palmerston North-born Rachel Dawick for The Bounty Riders, and Pigalle by Paris-based soloist Flip Grater. The Auckland Folk Festival is an annual festival of music, song and dance held at Kumeu Showground, northwest of Auckland. It is organised by members of Devonport Folk Music Club, Titirangi Folk Music Club, Auckland Bluegrass & Traditional Old Time Country Music Club, Gaidhealtachd, and The City of Auckland Morris Dancers. Read more...

Applications Are Open For Red Bull Music Academy 2015
The next Red Bull Music Academy will take place in Paris from October 25 – November 27 2015. “You don’t need to have headlined a stage, released an album or know how to build a synth from scratch to be a RBMA participant. You just need the will to create and the ideas to share.” To apply for the Paris edition, find an extensive FAQ and download the application form here. All applications must be postmarked by March 4 2015, and music makers must be at least 18 years of age by October 24 2015. Last year the month-long series of workshops was based in Tokyo, and saw Kiwi Chelsea Jade (Watercolours) collaborate with other participants from all over the world. Read more from NZ Musician…

The Wireless NZ has featured Fishrider Records’ TEMPORARY compilation, including interviews with some of the bands involved, in a 10 minute documentary. It was filmed by Dunedin videographer John Bollen and presented by former Dunedin musician Anthonie Tonnon.

On the live front

Splore’s Listening Lounge and Art & Soul
From the most personal of journeys to the future of a million: that’s the span of the talking content at Splore 2015. Curated by Russell Brown, the Splore korero will explore different paths on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.The Listening Lounge is ‘Imagining Auckland’ in a panel discussion on the shape of the city most Splorers will return to after their weekend at beautiful Tapapakanga Park. On the Sunday, Art & Soul will take a more personal tack in conversations with the Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Flynn Scott, secular celebrant Hilary Ord, Australian artist Marcus McShane, poet Dominic “Tourettes” Hoey and teenage musical prodigy Eddie Johnston, aka Race Banyon. “All these people have stories outside what they do that inform their work,” says Russell. “Marcus is a cycle courier, Dominic lives with chronic illness, Sam is a family man in a business that sometimes makes that hard. It’s Sunday: a time to talk about family, community, creativity and soul.” splore.net/

Run The Night: Lights, Music, 5km Run, Party    
Want to be part of the biggest party of 2015? Run The Night is a 5km party on the move loaded with electrifying music and incredible lighting. The good times continue at the finish line with an after-party which includes a 90min set from Jupiter Project. Auckland Domain, Friday night, 27 March. Get your crew together and buy tickets before they sell out. Read more…

Celebrate Waitangi Day with Ngati Whatua o Orakei at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point)
This is a free community event overlooking the spectacular Waitemata Harbour, featuring The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith & 1814. On February 6th 1840, Maori Chiefs came together with members of the British crown to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. 175 years on, Ngati Whatua Orakei celebrate this momentous occasion with their annual Waitangi Day Festival at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point). Free to all, some of New Zealand’s finest musicians, The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith, 1814, Riqi Harawira and Billy TK Jnr come together to create a colourful, lively festival that celebrates what it is to be a Kiwi in 2015. This is a family friendly, smoke and alcohol free, zero waste party and one that is sure to be fun for all ages, with food and market stalls, kids’ rides and stunning manu tukutuku (kite) displays. Come along early to witness a moving powhiri at Ngati Whatua o Orakei marae, or bring the sun umbrella and a picnic blanket and set up in front of the main stage for the day to enjoy live music and celebrate the unique cultures and summer vibe of New Zealand. “Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi – with your basket and my basket the people will live.” Read more on Eventfinder…

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival: The Anticipation is Brewing…
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival returns to Hagley Park in Christchurch on Saturday 28th March for an epic fourth instalment. From the founding fathers of the craft brewing industry to some cheeky young upstarts, the crew have assembled a sensational selection of 50 breweries from around our fair land … check their website for full details of the breweries at this year’s festival. There will also be a range of ciders, as well as a selection of Allan Scott wine plus non-alcoholic offerings, plus 40 gourmet food producers and restaurants. And how is this relevant to an independent music newsletter? Because the musical lineup includes Sola Rosa, Thomas Oliver, Hello Sailor, Thieves and Australian classics Pseudo Echo. greatkiwibeerfestival.co.nz/

New release fanfare

Listen: Emily Edrosa – Spectrum
Stand-alone single ‘Spectrum’ has been released by Auckland musician Emily Edrosa, the solo moniker of Emily Littler from Street Chant. The pithy track follows on from Edrosa’s self-titled EP that came out last year, filling the silence while she works towards the recording of a full-length album. As with earlier releases, ‘Spectrum’ boasts deadpan lyrics that form a witty commentary on modern life, comfortably nestled within undulating guitars and textured layers of noise. Take a listen on Under the Radar…

Marlon Williams’ new music video for “Dark Child”
The music video for “Dark Child” is weird and awesome, it’s directed by Damian Golfinopoulos; those familiar with his work won’t be disappointed. It’s a play on the classic American cinema trope of a crime scene and a wayward son, bending it to a surreal conclusion. It is morbid, thought provoking, funny and often downright strange, capturing the ambiguity and sinister nature of the songs lyrics. Watch it here. “Dark Child” is the lead single from Williams’ debut album, which is due for release on April 24th. Recorded in Lyttelton, with his long time producer Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding, Tami Neilson). Williams tours New Zealand with his full band The Yarra Benders in February, playing Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. He will be joined by Wellington band Eb & Sparrow, performing as a duo at all shows. Watch the video on Cheese on Toast…

Brand new track from Two Cartoons 
Hailing from Dunedin, but now based in London, Two Cartoons have returned with their first new track in two years. The pair moved to London in December 2013 and have been seemingly silent since then – although they had signed to boutique label Far South Records and played shows with The Chills and Courtney Barnett. But the apparent silence is no more with the release of this new single, the hurtling-ly upbeat and optimistic sounding “Horizon Approaching” – check it out on Cheese on Toast.

‘Forever on a Sunday’- New video for Melbourne-based Kiwi Megan Sidwell
Tauranga born, Melbourne based country popster, Megan Sidwell announces the release of her new music video for her latest single ‘Forever on a Sunday’. The video was shot by Lisa Fothergill from Wild Boy Productions at various Auckland locations over a number of weekends when weather permitted and when cast and crew were free from work obligations. “We drew inspiration from the sentimentality of the song  rather than the relationship between a boy and girl.” Says Sidwell. “We chose different scenes that my friends and I had enjoyed in summers past that were also visually different and exciting.” Evoking a youthful, goofy, summer vibe, ‘Forever on a Sunday’ is a snapshot of friends, fun and sun and a lively backdrop to the upbeat pace and nostalgic theme of the single.‘Forever on a Sunday’ hails from Sidwell’s debut e.p. of the same name, produced by Ben King (Grand Rapids, Goldenhorse).The single was featured on the NZ on Air Kiwi Hitdisc last year. Stay tuned for more new songs from Sidwell in the near future. ‘Forever on a Sunday’ on YouTube

Jan Hellriegel: Back to the future
In 2000 Jan Hellriegel booked the Helen Young Studios in Auckland to record a few tunes, an the results have recently been rediscovered. They were just sitting there gathering dust – so hey – you can listen to them now too. All tracks were recorded live in one take. Listen here…

Around the World

Promoting Europe’s digital market through culture – Independent labels launch ten-point Action Plan as news of YouTube abuses resurface and the copyright debate heats up in Brussels 
Brussels, 27 January 2015

Independent music companies launched a unique Digital Action Plan today, calling for a new European industrial policy to drive the digital market through the cultural and creative sectors, which account for 4,2% of EU GDP and 7.1 million EU jobs.

The role of culture in Europe’s digital market was one of the issues debated in the European Parliament during an extraordinary meeting of the Culture and Education committee with Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Günther Oettinger. MEP Sabine Verheyen, Co-ordinator for the EPP group in the Parliament’s culture committee commented: “This Action Plan presents very practical ways to boost creativity through smaller actors and deliver a dynamic digital single market built on diversity.”

One of the strands of Europe’s new industrial policy would be a range of measures to boost SMEs including independent music companies, who account for 80% of jobs and 80% of investment in new music in Europe today.

IMPALA also asks the EU to rethink how citizens, artists and businesses engage online. The “rules of engagement online” are important in the music world with reports surfacing last week that YouTube is continuing the same abuses which prompted IMPALA to lodge a complaint to the EC last year.

One of the ten areas flagged for action is growing investment through measures such as tax credits, new accounting standards and revised statistical codes. IMPALA also asks the European Commission to step up and broker a charter and scoreboards to boost diversity on European radio and other media offline as well as online. This is timely with the news last week that European radio’s top 50 plays featured only one independent artist.

The 10 points:
1.    Reinforcing the rights that drive the digital market and grow Europe’s copyright capital
2.    Giving citizens the best digital infrastructure in the world
3.    Improving pluralism and diversity online as well as offline
4.    Revisiting the “rules of engagement” online
5.    Growing Europe’s “missing middle” by improving conditions for smaller actors
6.    Effectively tackling websites which are structurally infringing
7.    Increasing investment through a new financial approach to culture
8.    Introducing greater fairness in taxation
9.    Mapping how creativity works and measuring the sectors
10.  Placing culture and diversity at the heart of Europe’s international work

Helen Smith concluded: “The aim of our Digital Action Plan is to inspire decision-makers, ensure Europe’s position as a global power, and re-engage Europe with its creators and citizens. Our aim is to set new standards to make Europe the best place in the world for artists and other creators and for culture enthusiasts.”

Read the full story on the IMPALA website.

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 22 January 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Cert.
1 2 22 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
2 1 28 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
3 4 172 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
4 3 9 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
5 - 13 Fight From The Inside Into The East SelfSownSongs/DRM
6 5 83 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
7 11 32 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
8 10 59 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
9 9 28 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
10 13 275 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
11 17 221 KORA Kora Border plat x2
12 12 196 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
13 15 51 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
14 18 11 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
15 14 34 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 - 57 Soulstice Shapeshifter Truetone plat x1
17 7 71 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
18 - 12 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
19 8 4 Back In The Day ManaLion Rhythm/DRM
20 - 69 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone gold x1

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 22 January 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 12 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 5 So High Six60 Massive
3 3 31 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 4 20 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 6 55 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 7 147 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
7 5 8 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
8 9 83 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
9 8 14 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
10 10 102 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 25 January 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 12 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 1 17 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
3 4 2 So High Six60 Massive
4 5 10 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
5 3 31 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
6 6 9 Cool It She’s So Rad FTC/Rhythm/DRM
7 7 23 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
8 9 2 Helensville SJD RoundTripMars
9 - 17 Just For You Deach feat. Ria And Ezra James Empire
10 - 19 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS

IMNZ Charts to January 18: Weekend listening – Taite Music Prize 2015 long list

For those in the Auckland region, you’ll be heading into Auckland Anniversary weekend – and we know that people from all over New Zealand will be converging upon the city for Laneway.If you are lucky enough to be enjoying a long weekend, we have some excellent holiday listening for you – the long list of nominees for the Taite Music Prize 2015 have been announced. Even if you are back to work on Monday, you can still spend some quality time listening to the fantastic collection of albums – one of which will be judged New Zealand’s best release of 2014.

Week To Thursday, 15 January 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 27 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
2 1 21 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 8 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
4 4 171 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
5 6 82 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
6 - 2 Devilish Mary And The Holy Rollers Devilish Mary And The Holy Rollers Southbound
7 10 70 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
8 7 3 Back In The Day ManaLion Rhythm/DRM
9 14 27 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
10 17 58 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
11 5 31 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
12 13 195 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
13 9 274 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
14 16 33 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
15 8 50 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
16 - 76 Treble And Reverb: Deluxe Edition Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
17 19 220 Kora Kora Border/DRM plat x2
18 12 10 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
19 11 10 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
20 - 10 Sines Jakob Border/DRM


Taite Music Prize 2015 Longlist announced

It’s a wrap! The nominations for the Taite Music Prize 2015 are all in, and we’re pleased to share with you the long-listed albums. Investigate and listen over here.

The Taite Music Prize winning album will be announced at an event in Auckland on the 15th of April 2015 – with many thanks to our loyal supporters and partners: Recorded Music NZ, NZ On Air, the Taite Family, NZ Music Commission, APRA-AMCOS, Red Bull, Native Tongue Music Publishing, NZMusic4U-Pure Capital Thinking, Media Arts Lawyers, MOA Beer, Spy Valley Wines, McCarthy Design, iHeartRadio, Juice TV and Kiwi FM.

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Week To Thursday, 15 January 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 1 11 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
2 2 4 So High Six60 Massive
3 3 30 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 5 19 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
5 9 7 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
6 4 54 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
7 6 146 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
8 7 13 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
9 8 82 Only To Be Six60 Massive plat x2
10 10 101 Forever Six60 Massive plat x1

Nominations are open for the 2015 Country Awards. 

Entry for Best Country Music Album 2015 is open to NZ Country Musicians with recordings released between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014. Entries must be submitted to Recorded Music NZ before 5pm on Wednesday 4 March.

To view the full Terms & Conditions of entry please follow the link to the nominations site here.

When you are ready to make a nomination, please Sarah Leota by email, or phone 09 361 6871 to obtain a password to access the online forms. Email address:  sarah@recordedmusic.co.nz

The winner/s will be announced and the Tui trophy presented at the Country Music Awards in Gore on the evening of Saturday 23 May, 2014.

Entries for the APRA Best Country Music Song 2015 are also now open. For all the details and to submit a nomination contact countrymusic@apra.co.nz

Nominations are also open for the Pacific Music Awards 2014.

The Tui for Best Pacific Music Album 2015 will be presented at the Pacific Music Awards, held on Saturday 13 June at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.  Entries for the 2015 awards are open now, with entries due by Monday 16 February.

Details for the Pacific Awards are here – please contact Petrina at info@pacificmusicawards.org.nz for log in details.

 Week To Sunday, 18 January 2015
This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 16 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
2 1 11 Special Six60 Massive gold x1
3 3 30 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
4 - 1 So High Six60 Massive
5 4 9 You And Me Jupiter Project LTPS
6 7 8 Cool It She’s So Rad FTC/Rhythm/DRM
7 6 22 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
8 10 75 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive plat x3
9 - 1 Helensville SJD RoundTripMars
10 - 1 No Church On Sunday Princess Chelsea Lil’Chief/Rhythm/DRM

International and Industry Action

Celtic Conections Scotland showcases New Zealand
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 15 January – 1 February 2015, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events. This year New Zealand is the country in focus for Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections January 2015. Selected NZ bands willbe showcasing and playing events during the event, these include Tiny RuinsTrinity RootsThomas OliverLouis BakerMaisey Rika, and Waiora featuring Horomona Horo. Further to this line-up is also a folk club gig to celebrate the special sister city relationship bewteen Dunedin and Edinburgh to take place at Glasgow Art club, and featuring 2014 Commonwealth Baton songwriting competiton winner Jake Cropley. Showcase Scotland’s NZ focus at Celtic Connections runs from Jan 18-26 2015 in Glasgow. Working in partnership with Tihi Ltd (representing Sounds Aotearoa and Womad NZ), Creative New ZealandDunedin City Council and the New Zealand Music CommissionBritish Council New Zealandwill be supporting six artists to be showcased as part of the week’s programme.
Read more from the NZ Music Commission

Auckland’s Southbound Record Shop is moving to a new location. The bigger new premises of the record shop will be open from Monday Jan 19 at 132 Symonds St (next to T Whites Bikes).  The official opening party will happen on Saturday Jan 24 with live music from Delaney Davidson with special guest Tami NeilsonRead more from NZ Musician…

Happy New Year from IMNZ Board member Ryan Kershaw – here’s his first column for 2015, published at Muzic.net.nz on 5 Ways to Start the New Year right! Hope you find an idea that you can try. Read his suggestions here…

A History Of Arch Hill Recordings And Playlists:
From humble beginnings in a decaying studio, through to Soviet block mid-century towers in Newmarket, Arch Hill Recordings has been around the block a few times. Over fifteen years, to be imprecise. The full story has now been revealed by Audioculture – the excellent “noisy library” of New Zealand music. You can read it here, and while you are at it listen to/watch an accompanying YouTube playlist “Introduction To Arch Hill”, or the Spotify playlist here. Why not subscribe to both?

Around the World

The 10th annual Coopers Australian Music Prize — The Amp — has settled on its nine-artist-strong shortlist of albums for 2015’s event, all of which are in the running for the $30,000 prize. 

Selected from an entry pool of 65 albums that make up the competition’s previously announced longlist, this year’s shortlist boasts full-lengths from a broad demographic of lauded local artists, including #1 DadsChet FakerC.W. StonekingREMITotal Control and more.

This year’s special 10th anniversary dinner will be held in Sydney on Wednesday, 4 March, at which the winner of the $30,000 prize will be announced.
See the full shortlist below.

10th coopers amp shortlist
#1 Dads – About Face
Chet Faker – Built On Glass
C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo
Blank Realm – Grassed Inn
Laura Jean – Laura Jean
REMI – Raw X Infinity
The Peep Tempel – Tales
Caitlin Park – The Sleeper
Total Control – Typical System

previous winners
2005: The Drones – Wait Long By The River And The Bodies of You Enemies Will Float By
2006: Augie March – Moo, You Bloody Choir
2007: The Mess Hall – Devils Elbow
2008: Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Primary Colours
2009: Lisa Mitchell – Wonder
2010: Cloud Control – Bliss Release
2011: The Jezabels – Prisoner
2012: Hermitude – HyperParadise
2013: Big Scary – Not Art
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Canadian Music Week & Live Nation Present: 
An Evening With
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Sunday May 3, 2015 – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Tickets on sale Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 10AM

IMNZ is a marketing partner of Canadian Music Week 2015, who are thrilled to present the return of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to Toronto with a performance on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts during #CMW2015.  Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 23 with an exclusive fan pre-sale on January 21 on Noel’s website.

Tickets can be purchased at www.noelgallagher.com/ustickets where fans will also have the option of adding on the Deluxe CD or Deluxe Vinyl of Chasing Yesterday (out March 3) to their purchase which has 4 additional bonus tracks including live favorite, “Freaky Teeth” and a remix of new single “In The Heat Of The Moment.”
Order on-line at www.livenation.com or www.ticketmaster.ca

New release fanfare

Pre-Order: Don Mcglashan – Lucky Stars
The BlamsThe LawnThe M-Birds and solo, there is no denying that THE Don is one of New Zealand’s greatest songwriters. Flying Out wager were it not for the “crayfish incident”, he would have been awarded a grand statue half way down Dominion Rd. Fortunately, we can collectively make up for this by snagging a copy of his brilliant new CD “Lucky Stars” – which is now available on pre-order here

On the Live Front

2015 Laneway Auckland maps & playing times announced
Laneway Auckland is almost upon us! This coming Monday, the Silo Park site will be home to four stages — Mysterex Stage, Hey Seuss Stage, Cactus Cat Stage and the Thunderdome; boasting a mix of the freshest international and local acts. Download a PDF of the full timetable and map HERE. Gates will open at 11:00am with locals Bespin kicking off proceedings on the Hey Seuss Stage at 12noon. Other unmissable New Zealand acts include Tiny Ruins, Race Banyon, Connan Mockasin, Princess Chelsea and Jakob. The early evening slots belong to Belle & SebastianLittle Dragon and FKA twigs — the perfect warm up for the night. Flying Lotus will close the event on the Mysterex Stage, while St. Vincent locks down the Cactus Cat Stage. To keep all Laneway punters as comfortable as possible over 1,500 square metres of shade has been installed for the big day. This info is all in the Laneway Festival app – which features planners, artist info, event info and more – and is available for free here: iPhoneand Android.

Full WOMAD 2015 Stage Schedule Is Now Public
One of the world’s greatest guitarists Richard Thompson & The Electric Trio take the stage on the opening Friday night. Rufus Wainwright performing his Best Of show performs on the main stage on Saturday night as does Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club as they make their first ever appearance exclusively at WOMAD NZ 2015. The inimitable Sinead O’Connor will punctuate the final night on Sunday. Follow the link to find out also where your local favourites are scheduled – New Zealand artists selected include Estere, Tahuna Breaks, Mel Parsons, TrinityRoots, Flip Grater and French for Rabbits.
As always with WOMAD, the full three day schedule is chock-full of the very best musicians from around the world with over 300 artists at WOMAD representing 22 countries.
See the three day programme here.
Ticket Buy URL is: https://tickets.womad.co.nz/event/view/7fhxnzbw5

The Eastern ‘The Territory’ Album Release Tour
The Eastern’s ‘The Territory Tour’ has been rolling through nearly every place in NZ they can get to since November; the next stage of their travels commences on January 31 in Rotorua, and throughout February the band will be stopping off in New Plymouth, Oamaru and Marlborough. Tickets and details are available here.

King Missile IV local supports announced
When King Missile tour New Zealand for the first time ever this February, they’ll be bringing with them a show jammed to the gunnels with entertainment. As if the headlining act itself isn’t enough to provide an action-packed evening, the lineup includes 2 US supports plus a choice local act in each centre. The King Missile band includes the duo LoveyDove, expert performers in their own right. They’ll take the stage to play their “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. Here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia Snail) meets West Coast guy (Dan West), and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll. And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April last year; and West Coast boy Dan West will be showcasing his own shimmering songwriting talents.
Each centre will also host a quality New Zealand act as part of the bill: Simon McLaren’s Psychic Maps will be making a rare Auckland appearance at the King’s Arms on Thursday February 12. Facebook event page / Tickets
Golden Curtain join the bill at the Cabana, Napier on February 15. Their album ‘Dream City’ was picked as one of the best of 2014 by US music blog Stereo Embers.
Facebook event page / Tickets
The full Vorn band will be in action at Bodega in Wellington on February 18. Expect songs from Vorn’s critically acclaimed 2014 album ‘More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse’, and other gems.
Facebook event page / Tickets
A J Sharma makes a rare live outing at Chick’s in Dunedin on February 19.
Facebook event page / Tickets
And to finish the tour, huge King Missile fans the Dance Asthmatics play at Churchill’s on February 20.
Facebook event page / Tickets

Taite Music Prize 2015 Longlist announced & 2014’s NZ top sellers listed!

All the long-listed albums for the Taite Music Prize 2015 can be found & listened to over here.

Meanwhile, we have assembled the top selling NZ independent albums for the 2014 year:

2014 Top Sellers and Most Played
Annual Top 20 Albums of 2014
Based on retail sales for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.
Rank Title Artist Label/Distributor
1 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
2 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet
3 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
4 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
5 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
6 Six60 Six60 Massive
7 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
8 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
9 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
10 Blacklistt Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM
11 Ssxub EP Shapeshifter And The Upbeats Truetone
12 Dizzy Heights Neil Finn Rhythm
13 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
14 Delta Shapeshifter Truetone
15 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
16 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
17 Falling Into Place David Dallas DawnRaid/Dirty/FMG
18 With Strings Attached Tiki Taane Tikidub/Rhythm/DRM
19 iTunes Session EP Six60 Massive
20 Tomokia Toni Huata Ode/DRM

 

 

Annual Top 20 Singles of 2014

Based on retail sales for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.

Rank Title Artist Label/Dist
1 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet
2 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet
3 Special Six60 Massive
4 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG
5 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
6 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
7 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG
8 Start A Revolution Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
9 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
10 Slings And Arrows Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM
11 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive
12 In Colour Shapeshifter Truetone
13 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
14 Forever Six60 Massive
15 Waterfalls Six60 Massive
16 Little Pills Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
17 Only To Be Six60 Massive
18 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
19 Vessel Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
20 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC

 

Annual Top 20 Most Played of 2014

Based on airplay for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.

Rank Title Artist Label/Dist
1 Mother & Father Broods DrydenStreet
2 Bridges Broods DrydenStreet
3 Bad Philosophy Jeremy Redmore RedmoreBooks
4 With You Jupiter Project And Jetski Safari feat. Helen Corry LTPS
5 Never Gonna Change Broods DrydenStreet
6 Survivors Smashproof feat. Pieter T MTC
7 That’s My Donell Lewis FMG
8 L.A.F. Broods DrydenStreet
9 Celeste Ezra Vine LTPS
10 The Wire David Dallas feat. Ruby Frost Dirty/FMG
11 Don’t Forget Your Roots Six60 Massive
12 Show No Love Donell Lewis feat. Fortafy FMG
13 Runnin’ David Dallas Dirty/FMG
14 Speakers Blown Sid Diamond MTC
15 It’s Nothin’ Ty feat. Donell Lewis Empire
16 Wake Up Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
17 Love Love Love Avalanche City LTPS
18 Transmission I Am Giant I Am Giant
19 Never Leave Me Again OpShop Rhythm/DRM
20 Home Blacklistt Rhythm/DRM

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 15 January 2015

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This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Distributor Certification
1 2 27 We Rise Devilskin Rhythm/DRM gold x1
2 1 21 Evergreen Broods DrydenStreet gold x1
3 3 8 Live At The Powerstation Devilskin Rhythm/DRM
4 4 171 Six60 Six60 Massive plat x4
5 6 82 Blackbird: Deluxe Edition Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x1
6 - 2 Devilish Mary And The Holy Rollers Devilish Mary And The Holy Rollers Southbound
7 10 70 Best So Far Katchafire Katchafire
8 7 3 Back In The Day ManaLion Rhythm/DRM
9 14 27 Science & Survival I Am Giant I Am Giant
10 17 58 Songs For Bubbas Anika Moa Rhythm/DRM
11 5 31 Dynamite! Tami Neilson Southbound
12 13 195 Dr Boondigga And The Big BW Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x2
13 9 274 Based On A True Story Fat Freddy’s Drop Rhythm/DRM plat x9
14 16 33 Brightly Painted One Tiny Ruins ArchHill
15 8 50 Broods EP Broods DrydenStreet
16 - 76 Treble And Reverb: Deluxe Edition Aaradhna DawnRaid/FMG
17 19 220 KORA KORA Border/DRM plat x2
18 12 10 Be Mine Tonight The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
19 11 10 Collected Hits The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra Rhythm/DRM
20 - 10 Sines Jakob Border/DRM

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