It wasn’t all that long ago that musicians flocked to MySpace to set up a page and eke out a loyal following through nothing but sheer will and solid hustle. But artists like Priscilla Renea have found success by following the beat of their own drum and coming up with something different. The grassroots road of promotion can be a long and winding one with few rewards. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little celebrity oomph behind your climb to stardom? Don’t worry, help is coming from an unlikely source.
LL Cool J, the G.O.A.T himself, has an online music community dedicated to the artist on the come up. So what sets Boomdizzle apart from all the other artist-targeted sites out there? Aside from the celebrity backing, Boomdizzle is a place where unsigned hype can release, remix, and reproduce original tracks. They can also use the site as a distribution hub and connect with other artists.
Boomdizzle recently launched a new feature that’s music to any starving artist’s ears. Dubbed Want2BFamous?, the new addition enables artists to upload their music direct to iTunes via the Boomdizzle record label. If an artist already has a following, their music will be directly promoted and released to the fans. As an added incentive, the artist(s) with the most number of sales on iTunes will be featured in the Premier Artist in the Boomdizzle Artist Spotlight. The coveted spot comes with a place on the homepage as well as a notice sent out via a blog post that lands in front of 50.000 eyeballs, which is not bad for an unknown artist.
To get in on the Want2BFamous? bandwagon, users shell out a one time distribution fee of $8.99. If a fan purchases a track via iTunes, 100% of the royalites goes into the artist’s pocket. One draw back is that an artist can only upload one track at a time, but an upside is that the site will send tips to the artist advising them on the best ways to promote their track.
“Boomdizzle is changing the way music is created, promoted, and distributed. Our mission is to continue to provide worldwide exposure to the next generation of talented artists. I want my creative torch to light theirs,” said LL Cool J.
To all the artists out there, would you use Boomdizzle as a means to get your shine. Let me know in the comments section.