Friday, February 6, 2009

MusicDishTV: Video Tour

This video gives a rundown of what the new music site Audiolife has to offer. The video tour shows how Audiolife lets musicians create their own virtual store to sell their music and merchandise. As mentioned in this clip, there are two huge benefits to using Audiolife. One, it is entirely free to set up (no up-front costs), and two, musicians will no longer need to have physical inventory on hand. All of the merchandise is held at Audiolife's warehouse and they will ship out any products that are ordered.

Audiolife is user-friendly and presents musicians with the ability to design their merchandise using the site's free tools. Music can be offered up as albums, downloads or ringtones. Needless to say, Audiolife delivers plenty of help to get a musician's music and merchandise out on the market. Check out this video for even more information on what this exciting new website is all about.

MusicDishTV is more than an online video channel; it is the place to find out what's happening in the music world and hear brilliant new talent before they hit the radio airwaves. Artists & bands can submit their videos at

Thursday, February 5, 2009

12 The Band Invited To Showcase At Canadian Music Fest '09

Trinidad-based 12 The Band have been officially invited to perform for Canadian Music Week, considered to be one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. Held in Toronto from March 11th to 14th, the band and their representative, Eric de Fontenay with MusicDish, will be available to meet with the over 3,000 industry movers and shakers that attend the event annually.

12 The Band at Canadian Music Fest '09
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: To Be Confirmed
Place: Revival
783 College St. West
Cover: free with CMW wristband

12 The Band completed their debut album "Streets and Avenues," which they performed live at the prestigious Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, followed by a showcase at the 2008 London Calling Music Conference in London. They have toured Britain playing in some of the prominent night clubs on the Central London music scene like The Sin Club, The Bar Fly, Momo's Cargo and Canvas and has performed live on the BBC Radio Show "Outlook." 12 has also played at the Birmingham Carnival, Nottinghill Carnival and the Yaashantewaa Calypso Tent which is the first and only calypso tent in London. 12 has performed in the Alliance Francaise Fete de La Musique opening for international recording artists such as Chris Combette and Orange Sky.

12 The Band fuses Alternative Rock with indigenous Caribbean influences such Calypso and Reggae, as well as other popular forms such as Soul and Jazz... a unique sound they affectionately call Earth Force Music.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

AirPlay Direct Signs Boston Alternative Rock Band A'tris

AirPlay Direct, a leading provider of secure digital delivery of music and electronic press kits to music industry professionals around the world, today announced the signing of the alternative rock band a’tris to the AirPlay Direct artist advocacy and education program. a'tris is the first band to come completely through the AirPlay Direct artists and repertoire (A&R) initiative that was started in 2007.

"This is the most aware and relevant band of our times," said Robert Weingartz, CEO of AirPlay Direct. a'tris was in the first 500 bands to sign up to use AirPlay Direct to deliver their broadcast-quality music to radio stations globally. Since that time, a'tris placed in the top 5 artists in two of the alternative rock artist contests as decided by music industry professionals. It was in October of 2008 that a'tris was chosen unanimously by the music industry professionals participating in the A&R conference to win the artist contest.

"I am very excited to be a part of such a forward-looking organization," said Mason Taylor, frontman for a'tris. "It is a true pleasure to be working with a team whose main focus is educating and empowering the artist." AirPlay Direct is supporting the band's February 2nd release of their self-titled EP. The EP includes tracks (both live and remastered) from a'tris' two previous albums as well as a preview of their upcoming fall 2009 release.

AirPlay Direct will be looking at artists who continually are in the top of their artist contests, the winners of which are chosen by industry professionals appointed by the sponsors of the contest, for future signing opportunities. The company will not be accepting unsolicited material for signing consideration and encourage all artists to submit their material through the artist contests if they wish to be considered. The revolutionary business aspect of signing with AirPlay Direct is that the artist maintains the rights to their material and artistic control of their product. The company is focusing its efforts on educating the artist and providing the artist with free premium digital tools to build their career. The AirPlay Direct platform is free and open to all artists and labels to use.

Formed in 2004 in Boston, a'tris released their debut album, ‘appeal,’ in November of 2005. a'tris released the EP 'Of the Commons' in 2007 as well as their second full-length record, 'Lensing' which featured the track, "Automatic Doors." The music video for which garnered placements on MTV Latin America and Much Music and resulted in the band being featured as Microsoft Windows Media Player's artist of the week in May of 2008. The 'Automatic Doors' music video was in the Top 10 on in June 2008 Music Videos category as well as in the Top 10 on in August, September, December '08, and January '09 Rock Music Videos. 'Automatic Doors' was the #1 Rock music video out of 2,315 Rock music videos on FameCast in October of 2008, and placed 3rd in November 2008 on the whole site (cross-genre). a'tris has played hundreds of shows coast-to-coast and are currently finishing up their third full length release.

AirPlay Direct is an easy to use digital file transfer system that was developed to streamline radio / artist promotion activities for today's music industry. AirPlay Direct’s FREE services replace the unnecessary time and expense of putting together and sending out costly traditional artist packages and press kits via snail mail.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Unsigned And Independent Acts Receive Payout For Their Work!

Social network site announced the winner of it's December Live Competition. Singer songwriter Donna Marie took first position having earned £250, followed by the Mercury Prize-nominated electronic artist Helicopter Girl at just under £200. Manchester-based band Darnell in third place receives £100. These figures are the tip of the iceberg and demonstrate the exciting possibilities as the site continues to grow.

" provides artists and musicians with a fantastic opportunity to connect directly with their fans and to promote their music and gigs and so on.. It's a growing community of like-minded and enthusiastic people - it allows people to hear and download your music for free, while the artist gets paid" says the winner Donna Marie.

The Kerchoonz Live Competition offered its growing artist member base with three chances to win a cheque to recognize the numbers of plays and downloads achieved during the month of December. As a part of the prizes for the competition during December, the winning acts will be invited to participate in the inaugural Kerchoonz Live event which is to be held in February in Glasgow. It will feature a recording session with top producer Ian Morrow (Wet Wet Wet, Seal, Rod Stewart) at the House of Rock Studios. The best performing runners-up from Europe and the US will also be invited. is a Social Network designed by industry professionals to offer music downloads free for the fans while ensuring the copyright owners are paid. The social network's growth is set to continue apace as they are currently deep in negotiations with both independent and major record labels to help provide a total music experience.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Online Music Retailer Tryxo And MusicDish Form Partnership At MIDEM

MIDEM, Cannes, FR -- During the MIDEM conference held in Cannes, music media firm MusicDish reached an agreement with online music retailer Tryxo to provide strategic brand marketing as well as music news integration through its Mi2N newswire network. Tryxo will provide MusicDish with a new online retail point-of-sale for its growing roster of artists.

"Tryxo offers a great alternative retail channel for independent artists in these recessionary times," noted MusicDish President Eric de Fontenay. "It's $.59 pricing for downloads satisfies consumers looking for a good deal while paying the artits 75% in royalties, far higher than the industry average. We look forward to working with Tryxo in increasing our artists' digital sales."

MusicDish will provide Tryxo with PR and saturated marketing through it's extensive network of websites and blogs, including banner advertising through its newswire network of nearly 40 music websites. As the newest member of that network, MusicDish will create a fully functional white label music newswire for the Tryxo site, providing daily music news stories. Tryxo will also resale select Mi2N Music PR services to its growing artist clients.

"After meeting MusicDish president Eric de Fontenay at Midem last week, I was very impressed with the services that he and his company are able to offer and our artists just as much," said Tryxo Founder Natalie Vandersluis. "The opportunity to provide current music news as well as a PR solution for the artists was unbeatable. Our team is very excited and is looking forward to achieving great things with MusicDish and Mi2N."

About MusicDish, LLC
Since 1997, MusicDish LLC has served as the bridge between the music industry and the artist. Through its extensive online presence, MusicDish provides artists with an edge over the ever-prevalent competition the music industry entails. MusicDish gives the artist the opportunity to take advantage of several different services: a creative approach to artist development and representation; online press release distribution & marketing; publications disclosing all the latest information involving the music industry; and even a indie music video channel.

About Tryxo Tryxo is an online store for digital downloads with strictly independent music. We strictly focus on providing talented independent artists with a high quality marketplace for their products. The artists can utilize the store to earn money with their music and if they then still wish to acquire a record deal with a major label, they have a viable sales record not just clicks on a webpage or free downloads. Our main intention is to support independent artists to the fullest that they will no longer need to have a major record deal and the store is just the first step on the way.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

JES's "Imagination" Runs Away With Her To Top Billboard Chart Position

Ultra Records/Blackhole Recordings artist JES, has trumped heavy hitters such as Beyonce, Britney Spears, Kayne West, and Madonna to grab the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay chart. Fueled by fan and radio support, JES’s third single, "Imagination" from her critically acclaimed debut album DISCONNECT, has been on a steady course for the top since it’s official US release nine weeks ago. With amazing remixes from Tiesto, Kaskade, and Michael Moog. "Imagination" showcases Jes's celestial voice, and Roctronica style which has made her one of the most recognized artists in Electronic Dance Music today.

JES is no stranger to topping Billboard charts. In 2004, as part of her group Motorcycle, She dominated Dance Radio Airplay with their #1 smash hit "As The Rush Comes," staying on the charts for over 45 weeks and going on to top dance charts all over the world, and win that years IDMA award and Billboards Dance single of the Year.