Sony/ATV Signs Norwegian DJ Alan Walker To Worldwide Publishing Deal
December 8, 2016 at 2:19 PM (PT)
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING has signed NORWEGIAN DJ, songwriter, recording artist and producer ALAN WALKER to a worldwide deal.
The agreement includes his song “Faded”, which has been one of the biggest global releases of the past 12 months, with SPOTIFY placing it among its Top 10 hits worldwide of 2016. It is the most-streamed song by a SCANDINAVIAN artist of all time.
SONY/ATV’s deal for WALKER was overseen by the company’s pan-EUROPEAN A&R team, which works with songwriters from across the continent with the aim of helping them to realize their full global potential, including AVICII, KYGO, MILKY CHANCE and MARTIN SOLVEIG.
The team is headed by SONY/ATV UK Managing Director/President EUROPEAN Creative GUY MOOT, who said: “This is a great signing for our EUROPEAN A&R team whose policy of working with the best of local talent and taking it international reflects the global music industry we operate in and has allowed countless acts to fully reach their worldwide potential. I am excited that ALAN WALKER will now be part of this setup. He is an amazing artist and surrounded by an incredibly professional team who we cannot wait to work with.”
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING SCANDINAVIA Managing Director JOHNNY TENNANDER added: “We’re thrilled about this signing. ALAN’s breakthrough has been incredible and he has taken huge steps as an artist and writer in only one year. We are very happy and excited about working closely with him, his manager GUNNAR GREVE and their fantastic team going forward and very much look forward to contribute to his artist and songwriter world. Next year is going to be exciting.”
WALKER was born in NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND, to a NORWEGIAN mother and BRITISH father, and at the age of two moved with his family to BERGEN, NORWAY. He began making music as a teenager on his laptop, which included creating the instrumental composition “Fade”. After he posted it up on YOUTUBE, the song attracted 65 million hits and he added to his repertoire with tracks including “Spectre” and “Force”.
He signed a recording deal with SONY MUSIC, which in DECEMBER 2015, released the single “Faded”, a reworking of “Fade” featuring vocalist ISELIN SOLHEIM. The song became a major hit around the world, reaching #1 in a number of territories including GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY, SPAIN, SWEDEN and NORWAY. It also became his debut hit on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 in the U.S., where it achieved gold certification by the RIAA.
"Faded" has been streamed around 800 million times on YOUTUBE and more than 500 million times on SPOTIFY, where it was the 10th most streamed song globally of 2016.
WALKER's remix work this year has included “Hymn For The Weekend” for COLDPLAY and “Move Your Body” for SIA, while he supported RIHANNA on the EUROPEAN leg of her 2016 ANTI World Tour and was personally invited to join TIESTO during his headline slot at the TOMORROWLAND festival in BOOM, BELGIUM, in JULY. His own extensive touring this year includes appearances in DECEMBER in CHINA, SINGAPORE and MALAYSIA as well as two dates just before CHRISTMAS in his hometown of BERGEN, NORWAY. The tour will continue in the New Year with further appearances in EUROPE.