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Strike a blow for indie music - Today!

Strike a blow for indie music - Today!

Will you get your bum rush on to iTunes?

Here's a great idea for you. Ever wanted to stick it to the man? Show the RIAA that we don't need their poncy chart music? Well, comrade, today's the day.

It's Bum Rush the Charts day. What's that? Well, the idea is that today, fans of independent music (and RIAA haters) push an independent label band to the top of the iTunes chart. Right now, number one is Beyonce and Shakira, so there's a bit of work to do.

The track is Mine Again by Black Lab, and you can easily find it in the iTunes Store by just searching for Black Lab. Buy the track, then tell all your friends to do the same - and with a bit of luck, it could hit the charts and send a signal to the record industry types that want to do over internet music.

You can also buy the track through this link, which will give a cut of the track's profits to an education scholarship.

To make sure the net community hears about this, you can Digg it, too.

Whilst it's true that buying from iTunes isn't exactly a textbook definition of sticking it to the man, it is at least talking in a language that the music industry will understand - money.

Is this a good idea? Bad idea? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.

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BioSniper 22nd March 2007, 10:45 Quote
Sadly though I think that this will just show that DRM'd music does work and people don't care.
Perhaps.
Lazarus Dark 22nd March 2007, 10:59 Quote
Nice idea, but yeah I refuse to ever pay for anything with restrictive drm or support any store that uses it. Sorry. Maybe through another site that doesn't use drm, but not through itms.
whisperwolf 22nd March 2007, 11:26 Quote
This might have worked better through an independent store, currently it's a case of
"we don’t like the way you sell music, and in protest we think everyone should buy something from you and give you lots of cash"

Mind you if this kind of protest kicks off, I’ll be organising the "whisperwolf is a greedy corporate whatsit and in protest we should send him cash" day.
TheSaladMan 22nd March 2007, 11:46 Quote
I love how nobody's pointing out the bleeding obvious. Might this just be some unpopular band trying to jump on the anti-RIAA bandwagon and make some money in the process?
Dr. Strangelove 22nd March 2007, 12:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheSaladMan
I love how nobody's pointing out the bleeding obvious. Might this just be some unpopular band trying to jump on the anti-RIAA bandwagon and make some money in the process?

Noo never, they would never do that ... would they??? :D :)
Boswell 22nd March 2007, 12:16 Quote
TheSaladMan, yes maybe but I really don't think they will make enough to retire if thats what you are thinking they might make a few grand but that's nothing, they don't seem to get very much money anyway..."will net us 5% in affiliate fees from Apple on top of the 50% donation from the band"

Lazarus Dark seriously 79 pence - I could go into Bristol Centre and find that in 1 and 2 pence's on the floor its really not very much money.
As for me i've bought it :)

Ed
Meanmotion 22nd March 2007, 14:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Boswell
TheSaladMan, yes maybe but I really don't think they will make enough to retire if thats what you are thinking they might make a few grand but that's nothing, they don't seem to get very much money anyway..."will net us 5% in affiliate fees from Apple on top of the 50% donation from the band"

Lazarus Dark seriously 79 pence - I could go into Bristol Centre and find that in 1 and 2 pence's on the floor its really not very much money.
As for me i've bought it :)

Ed
It's not about how much money you make on the day though, it's about spreading the name of your band and maybe making those oh-so-bad record companies notice you.

It's pathetic self promotional rubbish and i'm disppointed you're pushing it Wil. Especially as they're a band that have already been signed to a major record label - how about you give a totally unknown band a helping hand. Or, if they'd made a generic, buy-what-independent-choon-you-want day then maybe i could see the point.

Bah, i could rant for a week on this.
monkeyville 22nd March 2007, 14:49 Quote
Yeah i'm interested why this is front page news? Seems like blatant pimpage which isn't considered etiquette on the forum never mind on the front page.
DreamTheEndless 22nd March 2007, 20:29 Quote
I think I'm in the majority here - how is this anything other than clever marketing on the part of Black Lab?

Oh, and Bit-Tech whoring themselves out for..... Wait - what is bit-tech getting out of this deal? Are you whoring for nothing? Or, maybe you're just whoring for page hits....

As said above by others, I'm not sure exactly why this made it to the front page....
Phil Rhodes 22nd March 2007, 21:16 Quote
Nice idea, but of course to get involved we'd all have to sign up to itunes.

And that would be foolish.

Phil
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