Once again, promotion! More coming..
Duffy Charms NYC at US Nightclub Premiere After SXSW Conference Showcase
"Mercy" Hits 5th Week at #1 in UK, Biggest UK Single of 2008 - Video Debuts Wednesday, March 26 on MTV.com and Vh1.com 10 am ET & all day on MTV Hits. Single of the week on iTunes
Rockferry Debut Album Ships Near-Platinum in UK, Enters National Chart at #1 - US Release Set for May 13th on Mercury Records - Same Day: Regis & Kelly and Conan O'Brien Tv Appearances
Duffy returns to U.S. in April: Coachella Festival (April 27th); Tonight Show (April 28th)
(March 25, 2008 - New York, NY) After a whirlwind weekend at the SXSW Music & Film Conference in Austin, Texas, young Welsh singer Duffy made her official U.S. nightclub premiere at New York's Hiro Ballroom on St. Patrick's Day - absolutely nailing every song from her debut album ROCKFERRY, which shipped near-platinum in the UK (only) one week before. Climaxing the set was "Mercy," now in its 5th week at #1 on the UK and Ireland national charts.
The attention being paid to Duffy on both sides of the Atlantic in 2008 is nothing short of phenomenal. In the U.S., where ROCKFERRY arrives in stores May 13th on the newly re-launched Mercury label, MTV and VH1 have also thrown their support behind Duffy with MTV naming her their latest "Discover & Download" artist, and VH1 adding Duffy to their "You Oughta Know" roster. NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has already confirmed Duffy for an April 28th appearance, one day after she performs at the Coachella Festival in the desert. In New York on the album release day, May 13th, Duffy is set for morning and evening spots on ABC's Live with Regis & Kelly and NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, respectively.
UK sales and airplay stats for "Mercy" are mind-boggling: #1 on the BBC's Radio 1 and Radio 2, with an audience of 91 million, easily the biggest weekly audience of any record in the UK so far this year. In addition to the UK and Ireland, "Mercy" is Top 5 in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and Greece; and Top 10 on the United World Chart and in Switzerland and Norway.
U.S. airplay is catching up quickly, with "Mercy" bulleting its way inside the Top 40 across-the-board at the influential Hot AC, Alternative and Triple-A formats this week. The video for "Mercy", Directed by Adria Petty (Regina Spektor & Kings of Leon), goes up on MTV.com and VH1.com at 10:00 a.m EST, Wednesday morning, March 26th, as well as all day on MTV Hits and mtvU the same day. The VH1 Top 20 Countdown premiere takes place on March 29th.
Early critical reactions have been unanimous, starting with Rolling Stone's "Artists To Watch" recommendation. More:
"'Mercy' - This single from the latest British retro-soul sensation has got us tapping our toes to its groovy riffs and 'Stand by Me'-style bass line." (Entertainment Weekly)
" 'Mercy'- already top of the pops across Europe - has the punch to conquer the globe."- Billboard.
"Duffy: Female Otis Redding anyone?... Seek out a track called 'Warwick Avenue.' Have someone on standby with a mop because you'll melt down to a puddle on the floor." - Los Angeles Times.
Guileless and beguiling, and blessed with effortless Motown and Stax chops, 23-year old Duffy has blown away London's hype-driven music machinery like a gust of fresh air. She was born and raised in the tiny Welsh village of Nefyn (population 2,550 at last census), a place so remote that the nearest record store was a bus ride away and only stocked the Top 40. Isolated, her muse was immaculately conceived and soulfully nurtured. Opting out of college, she worked as a waitress, sang in a bar, and cobbled out some demo recordings, some of which found their way to Jeanette Lee, noted founder and partner of the Rough Trade record label and manage ment company. She encouraged Duffy to write her own material, put her in the studio with like-minded co-writers/producers, and signed her to A&M/Polydor UK and Mercury Records in the U.S.