With extensive touring and one of 2019’s standout debuts, Alice Merton’s metamorphosis from Hype Machine and Shazam sensation to bona fide stardom is has taken root. She has gone platinum in six countries, amassed over 261 million global streams, sold out headlining dates in New York and Washington, D.C., and has been championed by the likes of Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, James Corden’s Late Late Show, and Live With Kelly and Ryan.
While studying at University of Popular Music and Music Business, Alice Merton founded Paper Plane Records Int. with her best friend and manager Paul Grauwinkel, while crafting songs alongside co-writer and producer Nicolas Rebscher. Label and radio reps scoffed at 2019’s “No Roots” – It’s a minute too long! Take the guitars out! – but by the time it topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in the U.S. and amassed over 142 million YouTube streams, naysayers turned to supporters.
Long safe from those one-hit wonder jabs (the fiery “Lash Out” followed “No Roots” as an alt radio staple) MINT finds Alice Merton progressing from the owner of a handful of hits to an accomplished album artist. On “Funny Business,” she ventures outside her usual circle of collaborators and enlists Grammy-nominated producer John Hill (co-producer and co-writer of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”) for a swaggering, bass-groovy joyride that’s ready to duke it out with “Why So Serious” for the title of Alice Merton’s next big hit. It also doubles as her own personal dos and don’ts checklist: “I don’t break hearts / I don’t do funny business / I just ride in cars / And watch them get hung up in it.” Seriously, why so serious?
In 2021, Alice Merton released three singles – “Vertigo” followed by the double-single “Hero / Island”. Longtime supporters of Alice Merton’s stunning career rallied around the tracks, waiting in the wings for a larger body of work inevitably soon to follow from three standout singles that pack a punch.
The anticipation came to a climax as Alice Merton announced S.I.D.E.S. – her newest studio album, released on June 17, 2022. The same week as the album announce, Alice Merton released “Same Team” accompanied by a stunning, cerebral music video. Follow up singles “Blindside”, “Loveback”, and focus track “The Other Side” cemented S. I. D. E. S. as heartbreak alt-pop perfection. Emotionally charged and full of revelations, Alice Merton spoke on “Same Team” and the album as a whole:
“This is an incredibly personal album and song for me… going into the ups but many downs of the last two years. Having to say goodbye and let go of people I have truly loved and felt inspired by.
’Same Team’ talks about the moment you realize you’re not one unit anymore with someone you have loved and looked up to for so long. It was painful writing this, but I enjoy listening to it and realizing there’s also strength in letting go.”