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Indie Music gets a boost from Supernova.com’s new Personalized Music Sampler technology, with customized gig listings and Indie Music Charts!

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Supernova.com Launches Personalized Music Sampler with Gig Listings

Toronto, ON October 29, 2009 — Supernova.com has announced the launch of their new Personalized Music Sampler technology, bringing a custom sample of each week’s top indie songs, live concerts, and gig opportunities to members of their music community.

Users will find a customized music sampler, comprised of artists from their favourite genres each week. They will also see upcoming music events in their area from their favourite indie artists, Battle of the Bandsâ voting opportunities, as well as the most popular events among their friends. This will allow the music listeners at Supernova.com to stay on top of the very latest indie action from their favourite bands.

Bands on Supernova.com will gain the advantage of a personalized gig listing of upcoming opportunities in their area. Based on both their band’s genre and geographical location, the Artist Music Sampler will provide a new way for bands to find gigs, promote Battle of the Bands” voting, and gain exposure for their music.

The Supernova.com Personalized Music Sampler is available to any member of the Supernova.com Music Community, which is free to join. With this new, customized delivery format, Supernova.com’s technology aims to further help indie bands grow, help listeners to find and support new music, and help provide the music industry with the next wave of emerging artists.

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BLOGGER PHIL PERETZ OFFERS FREE CONTRACT TEMPLATES

Writing music contracts just became easier…and cheaper. Blogger, Phil Peretz (Indie4life and Indie Artists Alliance) has an entire 300-page directory of 80-plus contracts for all business situations. Delivered by .PDF, an artist, manager or label can download the document for free and then can order the modifiable word document. Peretz says, “This is our way of paying it forward to the music community. We know that times are tough and money is tight and we thought this would be a good way to help our music-business friends and drive some new traffic to our website and other businesses.” Visit http://www.indie4life.com/.

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Battle of the Bands 2.0 – Vancouver Seeds 2009 and Supernova.Com

seeds-imageThe whole concept of a Battle of the Bands, where a number of unsigned bands compete against each other to win the grand prize which is often a recording contract, touring commitment or equipment and studio time has dated back to rock and roll’s roots. While the idea remains the same in 2009, the way they are being run has evolved to embrace the social media tools of this Web 2.0 world.

One such Battle of the Bands contest is Corus Radio’s 99.3 The Fox Vancouver Seeds, billed as Canada’s #1 Independent Talent Competition. With a history spanning 30 years and past winners including Bif Naked, Nickleback, Default and Matt Good amongst others, Vancouver Seeds has embraced Web 2.0 technology with the help of Toronto-based new music social network and concert production company Supernova.com.  Corina Newby from Supernova explained to me what they are doing with Vancouver Seeds:

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Moonalice to Become the First Band to Twitter Concert Music Downloads in Real Time

It’s one small step for man, but one giant step for music. Moonalice, the Bay Area act that features musical all-stars including GE Smith and Barry Sless, is going where no band has gone before – a real-time Twitter concert. Always at the forefront of the latest digital developments, Moonalice will post their upcoming CD release show and party on April 3rd at Slim’s in San Francisco at www.twitter.com/moonalice Immediately following each song during the show, Moonalice’s sound team will take that song’s audio, digitize it, upload it and “Tweet” about its availability — all before the group finishes playing the very next song. This is the first time that any artist has broadcast a concert in real time on the Twitter platform.

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MYMOJO INDIE GIVES FREE DISTRIBUTION TO ARTISTS & BANDS

(From Music Connection) Artists and bands can register for free at mymojo indie and begin distributing their content as ringtones, full-length tracks, photos, wallpapers, or videos in a matter of seconds. Artists are then provided with promotional tools (such as text links, widgets, and specific URLs) to post on their website, blog, social networking profile, or any other webpage/promotional method they choose. Each time a fan responds to one of these promo tools and then downloads the content (fan registration is also free), the artist earns cash. Both signed and unsigned artists can register for free at www.indie.mymojo.com

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Call For Entries: RiffRumble 12 Online Song Contest

Prizes include up to 4 IK Multimedia Total Guitar & Bass Gear Bundles and Drummerheads InstantDrummer Sessions

(PRESS RELEASE) Los Altos, CA — Sonoma Wire Works announces RiffRumble 12, an online song contest for RiffWorks recording software users. Entries will be accepted for two weeks: September 10 – 23, 2008. Contestants worldwide will record songs on their own or team up into virtual bands of two to four musicians, record songs together online, and compete for over $2500 in prizes from IK Multimedia and Drummerheads. RiffRumble 12 takes place on RiffWorld.com, a vibrant online music collaboration and song posting community for RiffWorks users. No purchase necessary (RiffWorks T4 free edition may be used). No entry fee.

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Who Needs A Record Label Anymore?

HyperDiy Media, a new kind of ‘Record Label Replacement Company’, are offering a range of services to replace the old-fashioned style record deal.

Aimed at artists, bands and small labels. HyperDIY can handle anything from simple online distribution to a full campaign including Videos and radio plugging and a number of ever expending territories around the world. The aim is to allow new bands to have a chance at getting their music heard by the public at large, without having to wait to be discovered by the increasingly tight and inward looking circles of the
music Industry.

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The JTG Implosion and Web 2.0

Just to give you an example of the power of all these Web 2.0 technologies I present to you a brief chronology of how I discovered the band The JTG Implosion.

I recieve the latest Audities List digest and one of the items featured is a post from Joseph T. Giddings (the JTG in JTG Implosion) saying that he has posted 5 videos to YouTube of his band’s recent performance at the IPO in Atlanta. I check out the videos, like what I see and hear and check out his MySpace page. Bingo, bango, bongo. Another fan and he is based out of Atlanta and I am based out of Montreal.

The power of Web 2.0. It can be a beautiful thing. Here is one of those videos, “Beatle 96” from The JTG Implosion, live at the Atlanta IPO on February 24, 2007. Check out those great vocal harmonies!

Later.

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Number 1 with a digital bullet?

Ok this is very cool and very 2004. The indie high school rock band Self-Titled are trying to produce the first million selling song on iTunes by encouraging fans and the just plain curious to download their latest single “Equinox” on or around February 7th according to Independent teenage rockers want to score the first iTunes Music Store million-selling song. Why? Well their reasoning should be encouraging for all musicians out there “To me, this is more than just about our group getting attention — if we succeed at this — a high school rock group who ordinarily sells a few CDs at live shows — then we’ll be putting hope in the hearts of thousands of independent musicians and bands that they don’t need to be with a major record label to make it! There’s a revolution in the way people find out about and buy music, and we’re in on the ground floor!” To me this just goes to show what can be done in this day and age by any band with a computer and an Internet connection. Too much.
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