NICO & VINZ “BLACK STAR ELEPHANT” OUT 9/16; PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE
DUO’S “FIND A WAY” ON THE SOUNDTRACK FOR THE FEATURE FILM THE GOOD LIE, STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON
WILL APPEAR AT FASHION ROCKS 9/9 AND ELLEN 9/15
August 21, 2014: Burbank, CA:
Afro-Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz‘ will release their first U.S. album Black Star Elephant on September 16th on Warner Bros. Records. In addition to their song of the summer “Am I Wrong,” their debut features 13 tracks and 7 interludes which pay homage to their parents’ nationalities. Their multiplatinum, hit single “Am I Wrong” has reached over 1 billion in audience in total listenership after claiming the #1 spot at US radio in July following its debut as the #1 most added recorded at the format in April. The inspirational anthem continues its 8-week reign as the #1 most Shazam’d song in the world with over 130 million global streams on Spotify and currently remains in the Top 5 at on Billboard’s Hot 100 and iTunes. Black Star Elephant is currently available for pre-order at http://bit.ly/1pAVzsY.
Tracklisting is as follows:
- Am I Wrong
- Last Times
- [Leave Us]
- Know What I’m Not
- [New In Town]
- My Melody
- Another Day
- Thought I Knew
- When the Day Comes
- Imaa Imaa
::: WATCH/LISTEN TO “AM I WRONG” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg1sT4ILG0w :::
Second-generation Norwegians, whose parents migrated from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, Nico & Vinz have recorded a new song “Find A Way,” featuring Emmanuel Jal for the upcoming drama The Good Lie after being inspired by an advance screening. Jal also stars in the film, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and Corey Stoll. Directed by Philippe Falardeau from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle, The Good Lie is inspired by the story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan and follows a group of young Sudanese refugees who, after escaping their country’s brutal civil war, resettle in America with the help of Reese Witherspoon‘s character. “Find A Way” is currently being used in the trailers for the film which hits theaters on October 3rd. Warner Bros. Records will be releasing The Good Lie soundtrack on September 30th.
::: WATCH THE GOOD LIE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5mrvffezmM :::
The duo are set to perfom at the two-hour return of Fashion Rocks on September 9th. Airing live on CBS from Barclay’s Center, the Ryan Seacrest-hosted special celebrating the relationship between fashion and music will feature performances by some of music’s most innovative trendsetters including Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Miranda Lambert, Pitbull, Rita Ora, The Band Perry
The two will also be performing at the 20th
anniversary party for Instyle Magazine,
the official media partner of Fashion Rocks during New York Fashion Week.
Nico & Vinz will kick off the release of Black Star Elephant the following week with a performance of “Am I Wrong” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 15th. This latest performance will complete a U.S. campaign that kicked off on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has captivated audiences on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Good Morning America and The View. On September 19th, Nico & Vinz will hold a free performance at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN as part of the Hard Rock Cafe Mall of America’s grand opening kickoff event. Nico & Vinz’ show in the Rotunda will mark the first live performance hosted by the new venue. The concert starts at 5pm with a signing of Black Star Elephant immediately following.
Nico Sereba and Vincent “Vinz” Dery hail from Oslo, Norway where they have been shaking up the entertainment scene with a sound that is reminiscent of The Police, Fela, and Paul Simon’s Graceland. The singing/songwriting duo have tapped into the heart of global culture by writing and performing eclectic songs influenced by pop, reggae, West African dance, hip hop, rock and soul stylings that joyfully speak of life, love and identity.
Known originally as Envy to their European fans when they debuted in 2010, the pair have topped various charts thanks to their extraordinary storytelling, electrifying performances and riveting videos. “Am I Wrong” has a 20x-platinum combined certification in Scandinavia where it has won an NRJ Award for “Song of the Year” and a Spelleman Award (Norwegian equivalent to a Grammy) nomination for “Hit of the Year.” The corresponding video shot in Botswana has been viewed almost 55 million times on Youtube and was performed alongside their second Scandinavian single “In Your Arms” at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.
About THE GOOD LIE
Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media present a Black Label Media, Imagine Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment Production, “The Good Lie.” Opening on October 3, 2014, the film will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company. Philippe Falardeau directed the film from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle. “The Good Lie” was produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, and Trent Luckinbill. Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Kim Roth, Ellen H. Schwartz, Deepak Nayar, and Bobby and Deb Newmyer served as executive producers.
About HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL
With a total of 189 venues in 58 countries, including 143 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Seoul, San Juan and Marseille. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.