SPIN + HENNESSY + MUSIC NATION = THE HOT PURSUIT

Hot Pursuit

Head-to-head voting has now begun in Spin’s Hot Pursuit, presented by Hennessy. The top 500 vote-getting bands have moved on to the second round of voting. Using Music Nation’s head-to-head player, two artists are randomly pitted against each other and the fans are asked to choose between them. More info below, but the winner of The Hot Pursuit will receive a record deal with Original Signal/Epic, gear from Gibson Guitar, and the chance to perform at Spin’s Year In Music Party in December. It’s an amazing opportunity for independent artists to catch their big break and for fans to discover new music.Read on for more info…

Make sure you go vote and check out some new music!

HENNESSY FLAUNTS SPIN HOT PURSUIT

POWERED BY MUSIC NATION

Head-to-Head Voting Opens Today

Artists Compete to Win a Record Deal with Original Signal/Epic, the Chance to Perform at Spin’s Year In Music Party and Gibson Guitar Gear

Butch Walker, Peter Morén, Michael Showalter, and Doug Brod Confirmed as Judges


June 24, 2008 (New York, NY)—
The head-to-head voting round kicks off today in The Hot Pursuit (http://musicnation.com/contest/spin), an online search for the next break-out artist launched by Hennessy, Spin magazine, and Music Nation. Committed to finding and supporting new artists on the rise, Spin and Music Nation have paired with Hennessy to offer musicians career-making opportunities and music fans the chance to truly flaunt their taste.

The Hot Pursuit offers unsigned artists increased exposure in front of the right ears – a wide audience of voracious music fans in addition to industry influencers – while also providing fans with a pool of some of the best up-and-coming musicians in independent music. The grand prize winner of The Hot Pursuit will earn a record deal with Original Signal/Epic Records, a performance slot at Spin’s Year In Music Party in December, and a new Gibson SG guitar and bass.

Acting as judges are noted artist/producer Butch Walker, who has worked with artists such as Avril Lavigne, Pink, Pete Yorn, and The Academy Is… in addition to recording several albums of his own (most recently the self-released Leavin’ The Game On Luckie St.); Peter Morén, singer/guitarist for acclaimed indie rock band Peter Bjorn and John as well as an accomplished solo artist whose new album, The Last Tycoon, came out April 8, 2008; Amanda Palmer, singer/songwriter of The Dresden Dolls; comedian/actor/writer Michael Showalter, best known for his work with sketch comedy shows The State and Stella as well as feature films Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter; and Doug Brod, Editor of Spin magazine.

There are multiple stages of voting in The Hot Pursuit. For the first five weeks, artists rallied their fans to vote daily. The top 500 vote-getters have now moved to the next round that lasts for four weeks and employs Music Nation’s head-to-head player, which randomly pits two artists against each other and asks the community to choose between them. For the final two weeks of voting, the top 20 artists from the head-to-head rankings and four Tastemaker’s Picks (determined by Music Nation, Original Signal, and Spin staffers) will be sent to the judges for evaluation before Music Nation, Original Signal, Epic, and Spin make the final decision. The winner will be announced July 31st.

Nearly 5,000 artists entered the first Hot Pursuit competition, which Spin and Music Nation launched in August 2007. Yorktown Heights, NY’s three-piece The Scarlet (http://musicnation.com/music/thescarlet) emerged victorious and was rewarded with a joint record deal with Original Signal/Epic Records and a performance at Spin’s 2008 SXSW party at Stubb’s in Austin, TX.

ABOUT SPIN
Launched in 1985, SPIN has established itself as one of the most influential voices in music and culture. From the next big things to innovative icons, SPIN provides the most comprehensive coverage via Spin magazine, Spin.com and Spin Digital. With a guaranteed circulation of 450,000 readers, SPIN magazine, a monthly, currently reaches an audience of over 2 million.

ABOUT MUSIC NATION
Engineered to navigate the changing landscape of the music business, Music Nation is a next generation music company designed to discover, develop, and build artist brands. The company employs both its expanding online music community, which acts as a digital A&R source, and traditional methods to sign artists to its label Original Signal Recordings. Through custom deals that are equitable, artist-friendly partnerships, the company is able to focus on developing new revenue streams around artists to create career sustainability.

Founded in 2006, the company is the brainchild of Daniel Klaus (CEO), Lucas Mann, Kevin P. Ryan (Chairman), and Peter Read (Managing Director, UK and Europe); their combined expertise crosses the e-commerce, digital media, and music industry divides.

ABOUT HENNESSY
Hennessy Cognac, the No. 1-selling cognac in the world, is imported and distributed in the
United States by Moët Hennessy USA and is a subsidiary of LVMH (Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton), the largest luxury products group in the world boasting prestige goods of quality, originality and exclusivity. Hennessy distills, ages and blends a full range of marques, including Hennessy V.S, Privilege V.S.O.P, X.O, Paradis and Richard Hennessy.

My New Favorite Artist = Ingrid Michaelson

So my Music Publishing teacher came into class after returning from SXSW raving about how his new favorite artist is this girl named Ingrid Michaelson. He proceeded to tell us that he attended a panel discussion in Austin during the music festival where Ingrid’s manager was a guest speaker. He then told us that Ingrid’s manager and lawyer were geniuses when it came to the deals they established in Ingrid’s music career. After breaking down her royalty collections from her CD sales and comparing that amount to what Ms. Michaelson would have received if signed to a major label, I was hooked. I had to know everything about this singer/songwriter who is now a millionaire from doing everything herself without the “help” of a major. So of course I jumped at the chance to interview her and ask her how she pulled it off. Read on to hear what Ingrid Michaelson has to say about the music industry and what it’s like to be the “girl who’s doing it all by herself.”

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