Passport Approved Top 10:

1) THESE REIGNING DAYS - "Thrones" (Unsigned, UK)
2) VILLAINETTES - "Death Notice" (Unsigned, Australia)
3) MICHAEL SCHULTE - "The Maze" (WVG, Germany)
4) BUFFALO SUNN - "By Your Side" (Reekus Records, UK)
5) GAVIN JAMES "Remember Me" (Believe Records, Ireland)
6) MANFRED KIDD - "Lights" (Unsigned, Sweden)
7) THE LULU RAES - "The Way Life Runs" (Unsigned, Australia)
8) THE BLUE VAN - "Illusion" (Iceberg, Denmark)
9) STICKY FINGERS - "Just For You" (Sureshaker, Australia)
10) COASTS - "Oceans" (Tidalwave Recordings, UK)



Artist Of The Week

Denmark’s The Blue Van consists of Steffen Westmark (vocals and guitar), Søren Christensen (keyboard, vocals and guitar), Allan Villadsen (bass) and Per Jørgensen (drums and vocals). The quartet started at the young age of 12 when the members were inspired after hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time in a TV commercial. The Blue Van have seen over 65 music placements, including music featured in the films and trailers of The First Time, Magic Mike, American Reunion, The Boys Are Back, Fright Night and That’s My Boy. The Blue Van has also seen their music placed in a variety of Television shows including Dallas, Hellcats, NCIS, CSI, 90210, Entourage, Hard Times of RJ Berger, Lie To Me, Shameless, Revenge, Body of Proof and Private Practice. Companies such as Samsung, T-Mobile and Red Lobster have made use of their music and the band’s track “There Goes My Love” was featured in the commercial for the initial launch of the Apple iPad. The Blue Van are also two-time BMI TV Music Award winners in 2010 and 2012 for their track “Independence,” which was named the Best TV Theme Song for the show Royal Pains. After releasing five albums to date, they’ve decided this time around to leave the traditional, and the safe, album format behind, in order to release only singles. “Illusion,” The Blue Van’s latest single in a string of ten, is about the point in life when you find “the one” and the anticipation of the life you’ve created together.