SellaBand Struggling Dont Help Public Enemy Fund Their Album

Hip hop legends Public Enemy have been trying to raise $250,000 through fan funded platform SellaBand, but it seems as though that amount was unrealistic! Now Public Enemy is only after $75,000 for their new album.

“We have learned that the fan funding model is still not fully developed and, as a result, a $250,000 fund raising effort, while possible, will take too long to accomplish,” explains a new post on their SellaBand page. “We now believe that a $75,000 fund raising target will fulfill the needs for a new recording project and is much more appropriate for the strength of the existing SellaBand model and the current economic climate.”

They have removed sales and marketing expenses from the budget, which I find a little strange. Public Enemy are now 74% on their way to reach the $75,000 they require. Services like SellaBand seem to be getting a huge amount of hype in the last year or so, but no one has come up with actual results. Some of these new music revenues models seem to be just all talk!

How to Get My Music on Pandora

Pandora is a music service based in the USA which introduces listeners to music they’ve never heard before is one of our central missions, and we welcome independent artists from all backgrounds and levels of visibility, working in all styles, to submit their music for possible inclusion in Pandora’s Music Genome Project.

Every song selected is manually analyzed by a trained musician along up to 400 distinct musical attributes, a process that can take anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours per song. Pandora submissions are open to artists from all over the world, but at the moment they only operate in the USA, and royalties from streaming music is only paid to USA artists.

The Basics: How to Submit

To submit music to Pandora, you’ll need these items:

1) a CD of your music

2) a unique UPC code for that CD*

3) this CD to be available through Amazon as a physical CD (and not just as MP3s)**

4) the legal rights to your music

5) a standard free Pandora account, based on a valid email address, that will be associated with this submission

6) MP3 files for two of the songs from your CD

Once you have all of these items ready to go, you can submit your music to Pandora for consideration here:

Unsigned Bands!

Here at RouteNote we are always trying to improve our service and offer unsigned bands a service that cant find anywhere else. RouteNote is easily the most affordable digital music distributor available for unsigned bands.

Our Free option features:

  • Absolutely Zero Cost
  • Artists keep 90% of the net revenues
  • Artists keep 100% ownership
  • Worldwide distribution – iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Spotify and more.
  • Free UPC and ISRC codes
  • Anyone in the world can use RouteNote

RouteNote’s free option is currently used by more than 3,200 artists worldwide. RouteNote is the leading UK digital music distributor, so why not take a look for yourself.

OK Go Sign Distribution Deal with Sony Owned RED Distribution

Here at RouteNote we have been keeping a close eye on the situation with OK Go and EMI. Now that OK Go have been able to get out of their EMI contract they are in the process of setting up their own label. The new label is dubbed Paracadute Records.

Paracadute has also announced that they will be getting distribution through RED, owned by Sony Music.

The full situation is as follows: EMI Music holds the rights to the older catalog, though the latest EMI release – Of The Blue Colour of the Sky – is now getting a fresh re-release under Paracadute/RED in July.

Its very interesting to see that OK Go choose a Sony related service, and I’m sure EMI aren’t going to be very happy.

Rdio Quietly About To Launch Yet Another Music Streaming Service

Music subscription services are still yet to prove themselves in the market, but I really think they are the future of music online. Rdio is a very new player to this market, but they have already been making quite a huge stir. Rdio was co-founded by serial entrepreneurs Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who previously started Skype, Kazaa and Joost.

Rdio is set to launch into an invitation only beta later this week, but only in the USA. Rdio is a streaming based cloud music service by which users will be able to access a library of millions of songs for a flat monthly fee. Desktop and mobile access via iPhones and BlackBerrys costs $10 monthly, while desktop-only customers pay $5.

There are already a lot of players in this space, such as MOG (in the USA) and Spotify (in Europe), Thumbplay (USA) and Rhapsody (USA). A lot of people are betting that this will be the type of music service that will win out in the end, but I think there are already to many players in this market and I think it is going to be a winners market (only a couple will survive).

Disclosure: Spotify, Thumbplay and MOG are all RouteNote partners. We hope Rdio will also be a partner very soon!

M.I.A Writes New Track About Slander from New York Times Writer

British rapper M.I.A has continued her assault on the New York Times writer who wrote a slander piece on her last week. Inspired by the recent events she’s recorded a song entitled “I’m a Singer” as a response to the author and takes on all “journalists,” “haters,” and “racists.

Some of her lyrics include:

“So you wanna hear about my politics? I can show you things that would make you sick…And the story’s always f***ed by the time it hits/And why the hell would journalists be thick as s**t?/’Cause lies equals power equals politics.”

The original Times article, written by Lynn Hirschberg, contrasts M.I.A.’s lifestyle with her politicized image and music, particularly her connection to a militant Sri Lanka group, the Tamil Tigers, that has led some to describe her as a terrorist. Now that’s a powerful word! But according to M.I.A:

“‘I don’t want to make the same music, sing about the same stuff, talk about the same things. If that makes me a terrorist, then I’m a terrorist.’”

Aerosmith North America Tour

Aerosmith have announced dates of a North American tour this year starting this month (June) after a tasty warm-up at Donnington Park Download festival in the UK.

After rumours that Steve was leaving the band and the remaining members were in fact holding auditions for a new signer, Aerosmith haven’t seemed this healthy and busy with dates for a while.

Date for the tour are as follows:


Oakland, CA Oracle Arena (23)

Paso Robles, CA State Fair (26)

Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (29)

Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena (31)


Dallas, TX Amphitheatre (3)

Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (5)

Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre (7)

Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center (9)

Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (12)

Boston, MA Fenway Park (14)

Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre (17)

Omaha, NE Qwest Center (19)

Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (22)

Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center (24)

Syracuse, NY NY State Fair (26)

Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall (28)

Detroit, MI The Palace at Auburn Hills (31)


Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center (2)

Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena (4)