NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- JOHN NEWMAN's breakout smash "Love Me Again" has just achieved gold certification by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 500,000. Moreover, early stateside champion SiriusXM Hits 1, which played the song before any major radio outlet, has officially spun the song over 1,000 times since first adding it into regular rotation late last summer. The value and reach of the satellite radio juggernaut has proven a major catalyst for breaking the UK singer, songwriter, and producer, consistently exposing him to a massive American audience before anyone. They also continue playing the single non-stop, fueling his fire even further.
NEWMAN's debut full-length, Tribute [Republic Records], recently hit shelves in the U.S., and the rising soul pop impresario enjoyed a triumphant release week highlighted by a much talked (and tweeted) about performance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Meanwhile, the record peaked at #2 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 on the Overall Albums Chart. He also recently enchanted The Ellen DeGeneres Show with another astounding live turn.
About the success of "Love Me Again", Republic Records Executive Vice President Charlie Walk comments, "SiriusXM Hits 1, the nation's most listened to Pop radio platform led the way back in August 2013 with the first spin. 1000 plays later, we thank Kid Kelly and team for believing when no one else did."
Acclaim continues to accumulate for the album. The New York Times penned a rave review of Tribute writing, "He may truly be the inheritor of the flamboyant piano-soul-man tradition, in the vein of Mr. Joel and Elton John (even if piano isn't really his instrument)," while USA Today profiled him in a comprehensive On The Verge feature.
NEWMAN returns to the states for a full headline tour this Spring, performing at theaters and clubs across the country. The run commences on March 27 at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and it'll allow audiences the chance to feel that same energy in a close setting. The run coincides with his first appearance at Coachella—April 13 and 20, respectively—where he'll play in front of his biggest North American audience to date.
"Love Me Again" is a bona fide international smash already. It's accumulated over 74 million YouTube/VEVO views to date, and it's gotten the Internet buzzing in a big way as well as gaining steam at Top 40 radio. The track swings from bombastic orchestration to shimmering keys and a resounding horn section. Above the theatrical bounce, his striking voice takes flight. The entire record flaunts a similar swagger and soul, emanating genuine charisma and charm.
In the UK, the song stormed to #1 and remained in the Top 10 for a total of six weeks. Gold certification followed there as well as in eight other territories—Australia, Belgium, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, and New Zealand. Meanwhile, it's gone platinum in the Czech Republic, Norway, and Switzerland and double-platinum in Australia, Italy, and Norway. The track has now topped the iTunes charts not only in the UK but an impressive nineteen other counties, selling over 1,500,000 copies to date. It seems that everybody is succumbing to the sounds of NEWMAN.
Even before the success of "Love Me Again", he had won a legion of fans far and wide having co-written and sang Rudimental's 2012 hit "Feel The Love". This #1 summer smash has now been certified platinum and moved over 800,000 digital downloads in the UK alone.
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3/27/14 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
3/28/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
3/29/14 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/2/14 New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/3/14 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
4/5/14 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
4/7/14 Chicago, IL – Metro
4/8/14 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
4/10/14 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
4/14/14 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/16/14 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
4/17/14 Vancouver, BC – Venue
4/18/14 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
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