The Helsinki, Finland quartet Sunrise Avenue consists of Samu Haber (vocals, guitar), Raul Ruutu (guitar, backing vocals), Sami Osala (bass, backing vocals) and Riku Rajamaa (drums). Known for their catchy and melodic songs as well as their live performances, they’ve sold over 1.5 million singles and over 800,000 albums to date. Their single “Hollywood Hills” has sold over 500,000 copies alone, was the most played song in Sweden and reached No.1 on the Airplay Chart in both Germany and Austria. The single has been certified Platinum in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland as well as being certified gold in Finland and Austria. Their amazing live show was shown in 14 movie theaters in Germany and Austria last year and they’ve performed more than a thousand shows in 20 European countries and Japan. They’ve also performed at several major sports events including the sold out Champions League final viewing party at Munich Olympic stadium before Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea last May and the Track and Field World Championship opening ceremony in Berlin in 2009. The band is currently on the Big Band Theory tour with upcoming dates in Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Austria and more.
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Proudly original and ever defiant, Gala has always been the kind of woman to forge her own path. In exchange for a photo of a European DJ she recorded her first demo. In no time, with no formal training, no industry connections, but huge amounts of attitude and determination, Gala became a dance floor icon. Mailed overseas on a cassette tape, her single “Freed from Desire” became an international pop classic. In 1997 Gala was nominated for the “Best Dance Act” at the Mobo Awards in the UK, up against Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and Orbital and was awarded “Best Foreign Artist of the Year” at the Midem music conference in Cannes, France. Her album Come into My Life was released in 1998 with four singles charting in the Top 20 across Europe, selling a combined six million records worldwide. She was awarded a Gold record in the UK, and earned Platinum and Diamond records in Belgium and France where she performed in venues such as Bercy Stadium in Paris and appeared on TV shows such as “Top of the Pops” in the UK alongside Janet Jackson, Oasis and Paul Weller. In 2005 she released the song “Faraway” (EMI) in France and Greece, where it reached No.1 on iTunes and No.6 in CD sales. The song has been covered by the Greek singer Tamta (winner of the Greek “Idol” TV show) and has been featured on a TV ad campaign in the states. Invited to do a headlining performance at “Dance in the Summer” in Beirut in alongside Taio Cruz, T-Pain and Dev, Gala presented a new song. The organizer of the event, Radio Mix FM, the official No.1 radio outlet in the Middle East, believed from the first listen that Gala’s new single “Lose Yourself In Me” was a hit and started playing it on high rotation. In just a few weeks Gala’s new single reached No.2 in the Top 10 Radio’s play list. Gala also has built quite the following on social media too, with over two million views on YouTube and 15,000 “likes” on her Facebook page. Sample “Lose Yourself In Me” and find out more about Gala at http://www.galasound.com. Gala is currently available for signing and publishing for her new material in most territories worldwide. To listen to “Lose Yourself In Me,” click HERE.
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Brisbane’s Cub Scouts had a rollercoaster ride in 2012, starting the year with their infectious ditty “Evie” taking over the airwaves, landing in high rotation on Triple J, solidifying their reputation in Australia and bookending the year with “Told You So” eclipsing that success and becoming a buzz single on U.S. radio. In between, the quintet toured nationally with the likes of Ball Park Music, Pluto Jonze and Loon Lake and won the Queensland Music Awards Song of the Year for their second single “Do You Hear.” This year has so far seen the band going from strength to strength with interest building extremely fast overseas. The band are scheduled to make a special appearance in Los Angeles early May and have also been selected to perform at seminal UK festival The Great Escape in May, with their new UK team already working the band and adding more European dates daily and global interest spiraling at a rate of knots as a result. In short, Cub Scouts are one of the hottest bands to emerge in 2013 and A&R and publisher interest is reaching fever pitch across Australia, the US and Europe. Preview “Told You So” taken from the Cub Scouts’ debut EP of the same name.
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