NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- F-Stop/Atlantic recording artist Vance Joy is quickly shaping up as the first breakout star of the New Year. The Australian sensation's debut North American single, "Riptide," is this week's iTunes' "Single of the Week" ( iTunes.com/VanceJoy ). This week, "Riptide" -- which is the highest selling Australian single of 2013, earned the top spot on Australian radio network Triple J's Hottest 100 poll for 2013. The single also entered the Top 10 on the U.K. singles charts for the first time. What's more, "Riptide" is also beginning its ascent at multi-format radio outlets nationwide, including top 15 airplay at Triple A stations across the country. Vance Joy -- a.k.a. Melbourne -based folk/alternative singer/songwriter James Keogh -- has earned an extraordinary array of accolades in recent weeks, including being named among Shazam's "10 Artists Predicted To Break In 2014" and Spotify's "Spotlight Artists For 2014" rankings. His single, "Riptide," is also among Spotify's "Top 10 Most Viral Tracks." Furthermore, Time Magazine declared Vance Joy an "Artist To Watch," while Billboard hailed him as one of the "Top 10 Artists Making Global Noise." To celebrate, Vance Joy has slated a range of North American live performances, including an eagerly anticipated radio session on KCRW's influential Morning Becomes Eclectic, set for February 21st . From there, he will embark on a major North American tour, traveling as special guest to Fueled By Ramen recording group Young The Giant, with dates getting underway March 1st at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom and then continuing through mid-April. As if that weren't enough, Vance Joy is among the artists announced for Austin, Texas' upcoming South By Southwest ( March 11th-16th ) and Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival ( June 19th-22nd ) -- for complete tour details and ticket information, please see www.vancejoy.com/live . A 3x-platinum certified, top 10 smash in his native Australia , "Riptide" has already proven an international blockbuster for Vance Joy . The track -- featured on his 2013 debut EP, "GOD LOVES YOU WHEN YOU'RE DANCING" -- is a top 15 success in the UK , where it is currently climbing the top 10 on both the iTunes Store's "Top Songs" chart and Shazam's "Tag Chart - UK ." In addition, the "Riptide" companion video is an undeniable YouTube favorite, with total views fast approaching 4 million at www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ_1HMAGb4k . Hailed by Entertainment Weekly for "(strumming) like a street-corner busker, but (sneaking) in stadium-size hooks," Vance Joy cut his teeth in Melbourne's folk scene, armed with a collection of exquisite, heartfelt songs penned during his post-university travels in India and Southeast Asia . Bigger shows quickly followed, including a sold out Australian headline tour and treks with such diverse artists as Ben Howard , Of Monsters & Men and Julia Stone , as well as US dates alongside Lissie and Tom Odell . Critical acclaim has also begun to gather, with Neon Gold declaring "Riptide" to be "one of the best things to happen to us all year." For more, please see http://vancejoy.com , www.facebook.com/Vancejoy , http://twitter.com/vancejoy , www.atlanticrecords.com and www.fstopmusic.com . (TOUR ITINERARY BELOW) VANCE JOY US TOUR DATES WITH YOUNG THE GIANT 2014 MARCH 1 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom 2 Boston, MA House of Blues 4 Wallingford, CT The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit 10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium 12 Cleveland, OH House of Blues 17 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion 19 Kansas City, MO The Midland 21 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 22 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre 23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave 25 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue APRIL 5 Seattle, WA Showbox Market 6 Seattle, WA Showbox Market 8 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre 10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex CONTACT: Marisa Bianco /National, Online 212-707-2025 Marisa.Bianco@atlanticrecords.com Chelsey Northern /Tour, Online 818-238-6832 Chelsey.Northern@atlanticrecords.com Source: Atlantic Records
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