New York, NY (PressExposure) April 29, 2008 -- eMusic, the worldâs largest retailer of independent music â and the worldâs second-largest digital music service after iTunes â announced today the creation of eMusic Selects, a highly-curated boutique music space launching February 12 on eMusic that will showcase unsigned and underexposed new artists.
Each month, eMusicâs staff will handpick up to two deserving artists for high-profile visibility to eMusicâs 400,000 subscribers. The acts will be featured prominently on eMusicâs homepage and receive in-depth editorial coverage on the eMusic Selects page, http://www.emusic.com/features/hub/selects/index.html and on the siteâs blog, http://www.17dots.com. Subscribers will be able to access a free song download from each act as well. The artists will agree to provide their often previously unreleased music exclusively to eMusic in the digital format for 60 days.
eMusic has played a significant role in generating sales for up-and-coming independent artists in the past. With only a fraction of iTunesâ customers, the company was responsible for approximately 43% of SoundScan-reported digital album sales for Beirutâs first release, Gulag Orkestar (Ba Da Bing Records) and, more recently, for approximately 74% of Soundscan-reported digital album sales of highly regarded new artist Yeasayerâs first release, All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free). eMusic Selects will formalize the siteâs tastemaker leanings with a program that the company hopes will make an impact on the artists it chooses to support.
âeMusic customers are some of the most passionate and adventurous music fans around,â said Yancey Strickler, eMusic Senior Director, Editorial and Features. âThey know we're all about pushing good music from overlooked artists, championing people that take chances, artists who refuse to compromise. eMusic Selects will be our highest endorsement and gives us another way to help artists we love get bigger.â
eMusic Selects launches on February 12, 2008 with High Places and Breathe Owl Breathe.
The Brooklyn-based High Places are Mary Pearson and Rob Barber, and they play an original and spastic combustion of world beat, hip-hop, dream-pop and indie rock. High Places have become one of the most talked about bands in New York thanks to an overwhelming live show, and their omnipresence at underground Brooklyn concert venues. The duo has self-released three vinyl-only 7-inches, and their excellent eMusic Selects album, 03/07 â 09/07, compiles those, along with five previously unreleased songs.
Breathe Owl Breathe are an earthy Michigan trio with roots in indie, classical and traditional music. The group employs an array of stringed instruments (most notably the cello and guitar) and vocal harmonies to craft a sound that is playful and reverent, silly and heartfelt, mysterious and familiar. Based in Ann Arbor, the band is composed of Micah Middaugh, AndrÃ©a Moreno-Beals and Trevor Hobbs. Their eMusic Selects title, the Ghost Glacier EP, contains six new recordings and two older ones highlighting their gifts of songwriting and poignancy.
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