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New Music Channels, New Opportunities

Just a quite site update from OurStage HQ. We’ve got a lot of new things cooking behind the scenes that will launch us into the OurStage of the future.

We’ve already started thinking up some new ways to help artists in their careers. One of those things is the opportunity to receive international exposure on Amazing Radio – the acclaimed online and terrestrial radio station that discovered Alt J, Daughter, Chvrches, Bastille, London Grammar, Haim, and…perhaps you. We will be serving up all of our Grand Prize winners, as well as more favorites pulled from the top of the OurStage charts, to a listening audience of hundreds of thousands of new music lovers across the globe.

To that end, and in an effort to freshen up our music channels on OurStage, we’re making changes to our channel lineup, reducing the overall number based on audience response, adding some new ones, and focusing on the most vital genres to optimize the connection between music fans and artists. Check out the new lineup and enter the channel that best suits your music now, and you may be featured on Amazing Radio.

The channels are still evolving, and if one of your favorites has disappeared, please let us know. If there is enough demand, we may add it again.

Aaaaand We’re Back

Whew.

Having undergone significant updates and alterations over the past several months, our blog is back online. While you might only notice some minor cosmetic changes at first, we’ve made huge improvements to the underlying system here and throughout all of OurStage.com, and you will start to see more new features and upgrades over the coming months.

We’re also overhauling our entire competition structure to find new and better ways to provide our artist community with career-building opportunities. We look forward to rolling these out, and we welcome your feedback. For fans of new music, there are going to be a lot of new ways to discover the best stuff you’ve never heard, working in tandem with our new parent company, Amazing Media – already the leader in new music discovery in the UK and beyond.

Thanks for your patience throughout these quiet months, and please stay tuned.

OurStage Radio Featured In The Guardian

OurStage UpdatesThe Telegraph, UK’s most widely-circulated news source, has published a list of the world’s best Internet radio stations and have included your favorite and mine, OurStage.com. We are certain this is due to the incredible wealth of talent supplied by so many great undiscovered artists.

“This innovative music service has an archive of songs by more than 125,000 unsigned artists, organised into 40 genres from Alternative to World. Listeners can tune into genre radio stations via the link above, or, if in a Simon Cowell frame of mind, can even judge between acts – the most successful of which get prizes.”

If you’re not already signed up, do it now – it’s easy, and you can connect via Facebook with a simple click. Then, get listening, tune your radio, pick favorites, make playlists, share, and judge channels.

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Billboard's Buzz On Amazing Media And OurStage

medialogoBillboard has just published a piece discussing the exciting latest developments surrounding Amazing Media, OurStage, our investors, and more:

“Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He established a website allowing select unsigned acts to upload their music, sell it — and keep the proceeds. Two years later, Campbell founded a radio station using a playlist built exclusively from the offerings on his site. He further developed his audience by adding a few shows carefully curated by a mix of ex-BBC and up-and-coming DJs. The result: Amazing Media, a powerful promotional machine that has become one of the A&R community’s most crucial tools for developing new talent and has helped propel the likes of Chvrches, Daughter and Alt-J to deals with major or independent labels.

Now, five years later, Campbell is launching in the United States. He has raised $9 million in funding with backing from investors including Sting, AOL founder Steve Case, producer Billy Mann, music lawyer John Frankenheimer and former EMI CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti. They’re joining a board to be run by former Shazam chairman John Pearson.

As part of its launch stateside, Amazing Media has acquired Boston-based OurStage.com for an undisclosed sum. OurStage gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite unsigned performers on the site — and allows bands to compete for the chance to tour with more established acts.”

Read more at Billboard.com.

OurStage.com Acquired By Amazing Media

medialogoGreat news!

OurStage has recently been acquired by Amazing Media. We at Amazing Media are a UK-based music company dedicated to helping new and emerging artists reach audiences. We work with the world’s best new musicians through amazingtunes.com and Amazing Radio. Since we started seven years ago, we have helped thousands of artists find an audience and make money “ bands like Alt J, HAIM, London Grammar, Chvrches, Daughter, and many others.

We bought OurStage because we recognized a shared ambition to help new musicians achieve success. We’re musicians ourselves, and we understand the challenges you face. Our aim is to make OurStage amazing “ to breathe new life into it, and to give you a bigger global opportunity to reach an audience.

We’ll be writing again soon with more news about how that works and what we have planned. Everything we do is designed to connect new artists & their music to fans across America and beyond. Meantime, please check us out at amazingradio.com and amazingtunes.com and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks for reading this.

All the best,
The Amazing Media and OurStage Team

Ernie Ball Endorses The Jellybricks

BlogEB_IndieP_120x120_WinnerAfter one year, thousands of artists, and three genre winners, Ernie Ball has selected a Grand Prize winner in the “Save Your Strings” competition. The winner will receive, in addition to their year’s supply of strings and accessories, Music Man guitars for each guitarist in the band and an official endorsement from Ernie Ball. In the running for the top prize were Pop winners Biscuits & Gravy, Rock winners The Jellybricks, and Country winners Gin House. Ultimately, Ernie Ball selected pop rockers The Jellybricks to receive the big prize.

OurStage is proud to host the music of such incredibly talented acts, and especially pleased to have helped not only expose them to new fans, but also to empower them with the tools they need to keep creating great music.

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The Jellybricks will no doubt find use for their prizes as they begin to support their forthcoming record, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album’s first single, About The Weekend, was just featured by Little Steven Van Zandt as his Coolest Song in the World as well as video of the day on his hugely popular radio show The Underground Garage. Watch it below.

Congratulations to The Jellybricks, as well as Gin House and Biscuits & Gravy.
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Kewin Cosmos Is The Newest Tr3s "El Headliner"

kewin cosmosWe had a great 2013 partnering with Tr3s Networks to discover and expose the latest in emerging Latin music. Let’s look back one last time to announce the winner of the Tr3s “El Headliner” Competition, Kewin Cosmos.

With a diverse set of influences that include Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Ricardo Arjona, Sin Bandera, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Brian McKnight, and Celia Cruz, it’s no wonder that the judges, including special guest judge Toby Love, found Cosmos’ smooth blend of Latin elements into pop music so compelling. Though the field of the El Headliner channel was competitive, his song “Imaginate” stood out for it’s balanced approach to modern Latin pop, not to mention Cosmos’ natural talent as a singer.

Cosmos will get spotlight artist features on Tr3s’ show Top 20, as well as Tr3s.com’s Music My GüeyDescubre & Download, and Blogamole. Stay tuned for the next edition of El Headliner, coming soon.

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Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind Perform On Kimmel

jimmykimmel0In 2013, Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind were selected from thousands of OurStage artists to appear as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They taped the show later in the year and then, this Tuesday night, it all came together, as the band performed their song “Over My Head” on national television. The show will air again this Friday night. Here’s the band’s performance.

Go behind the scenes with the band as they travel to Hollywood, rehearse, visit the Gibson guitars showroom, and hang out backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! Watch below.
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Gin House: Ernie Ball "Save Your Strings" Country Winner

IJUHDXCIDOVG-520x520The third and final installment of our 2013 Ernie Ball Save Your Strings Competition was the search for one great artist in our country category to win a year’s supply of strings and accessories. We’ve previously introduced you to our pop winner, Biscuits & Gravy, and our rock winner, The Jellybricks. They will now be joined in consideration for the grand prize “ an endorsement deal with Ernie Ball and a Music Man guitar for each player in the band “ by our country winner, Gin House.

Gin House has a winner with their great country porch stomper Roots, a perfect title for this band, whose other songs reveal a passion for all kinds of Americana beyond country “ blues, folk, and even classic pop. The main driver behind Gin House is Brandon Clark, who sings with a voice like tarnished gold “ built for radio, but with a deep character, and sounded with conviction. Check out the appropriately slow-burning stunner The Fire Is Alive for evidence. Clark founded the band in 2011 with Paul Lynch, and the following year released their self-titled 5-song EP, which features Roots. In support of the release, Clark hit the road with Austin Renfroe, hitting colleges from the Northeast to the upper Midwest. Sad to say we missed them last time around, but we won’t that mistake again.

All of the songs from the EP are currently posted on their OurStage page “ highly recommended listening. Stay tuned for the selection of the Ernie Ball Save Your Strings Grand Prize winner.

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2013 Intel Superstars Winner!

24243_OurStage_120x120_0002_WinnerThe 2013 Intel Superstars competition has concluded. After listening to and carefully evaluating the final Top 20, Intel and their panel of judges have selected as the grand prize winner Sara Lindsay, whose song, Make It All Right, was a clear favorite. The combination of her strong voice with the song’s unique and compelling melody and pristine production put Sara over the top of some really tough competition. Sara will take home $10,000, courtesy of Intel!

In fact, some of Sara’s competition was so good that we’d like to highlight some of our personal faves here, as well. Enjoy.

Annalise Emerick, This Love Won’t Break Your Heart
This was a standout hit here at OurStage HQ, both for the beauty of its melody and harmony, the simplicity of the production, and the timely New Year’s Eve lyrical sentiment.

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