Music Industry News Network [01-16-2013]
Revolutionary New Music Service Chartburst Connects Talented DIY Musicians Directly With Music Lovers And Major Label Talent Scouts
A revolutionary new music service, Chartburst, connects talented, unsigned musicians directly with record label talent scouts based on which musicians' songs receive the most votes from music lovers via a series of music charts.
The Chartburst concept is simple yet powerful. Musicians and bands are able to upload their favorite, original songs to one of ten different genre-specific music charts, from rock and pop to folk and hip hop. Music lovers can listen to as many songs as they want to on Chartburst, vote for their favorites, create playlists, and possibly even play a part in the early success of a break-through artist.
As veterans of the music profession who know the business well, Chartburst's founders recruited talent scouts and A&R reps from some of the world's largest record labels, including Sony, Columbia, Warner Bros, and Universal, and smaller labels like Bella Union, to monitor which artists' songs receive the most votes. Twice a month, scouts review the top five (5) songs from each chart and contact those musicians and bands to provide valuable feedback, and in some cases, discuss possible record deals.
"We created Chartburst because there is a clear, unmet need for unsigned musicians to get their music in front of influential record label representatives," said Francis Gane, co-founder of Chartburst, and a deejay and producer. "At the core of the inspiration for Chartburst, was our frustration that so many great artists do not get heard by the right people at the right time because a service like Chartburst does not exist."
Musicians can upload their music for free, and during the initial trial period (three months) pay only $2.50 a month to add their songs to one of the genre-specific music charts of their choice for the world to listen to (including of course, major label talent scouts). After the three-month beta period, musicians pay only $5.00 per month. The private beta launch has a limited number of accounts for artists. For musicians to get started with the beta, they'll need to enter the promo code "EARLYBIRD100" during the registration process.
Music listeners enjoy completely free, unfettered access to listen to, and vote for, as many songs as they wish across all of the genre-specific charts.
For musicians and bands, Chartburst provides a faster, easier and more dynamic way to build a fan base and get direct access to some of the world's most influential label representatives and music producers.
Chartburst is already receiving praise from popular musicians and DIY musicians alike. Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, said of Chartburst: "It's a great new idea to help get people started in the music world."
Developers are diligently working on Chartburst apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. To find out when the apps are ready to download, please follow Chartburst on Facebook & Twitter via chartburst.com .
Chartburst's one-of-a-kind service provides musicians and bands with a simple, democratic and inexpensive way to reach music lovers and major label executives in a way that no other online music service provides.
The praise for Chartburst is building. The popular website, Startupplays, has named Chartburst one of the "Top 35 Startups." Chartburst is destined to become an essential web resource for musicians, much as sites like SoundCloud and Bandcamp have become. Musicians are encouraged to invite and influence their friends, fans and followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or any other social media network, to vote for them on Chartburst to win the chance of a lifetime.
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