iTunes Helps Independent Music Community Find Next Big Hit

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In an American Idol-like contest featuring original songs, music fans will have a chance to pick an artist who will receive extensive promotional prizes, including their winning song being featured on the front page of the iTunes Music Store.

NextBigHit.com, iTunes, Billboard Publicity Wire, Ariel Publicity, Evolution Promotion, and the streaming radio station Indie Airplay will combine efforts to promote a single song from an independent act. The song will be chosen by registered members of the Next Big Hit community, from a pool of songs that will be featured on the Next Big Hit - New Music Mix audio podcast. Over the course of a 13 week season, this show will feature 144 songs from different genres, mainly rock, indie, pop, electronic, R&B, hip-hop, and dance.

12 songs will be featured each week, for a period of 12 weeks(starting February 9th). Music fans will be able to distribute points to their favorite artists by voting and reviewing songs. Each week one song will be selected as the weekly favorite, entered into a winner's circle, and receive a Multi-Platinum Press Release package from Billboard Publicity Wire. On the 13th and final week, all 12 weekly winners plus 3 wild cards will be featured for fans to select a winner. The winning song will be featured on the front page of the iTunes Music Store, receive extensive promotional and PR packages from Ariel Publicity, Evolution Promotion, and be heavily featured and advertised on NextBigHit.com and Indie Airplay.

Co-founder of Next Big Hit, Michael Gilboe states "We're happy to be offering artists a chance to win something that can truly help their careers, without having to sacrifice the the interest of music fans. The services being provided by Billboard Publicity Wire, and hard work Ariel Publicity and Evolution Promotion put into promoting musicians, could seriously impact an artist. The iTunes feature adds a priceless amount of exposure most acts would otherwise never receive throughout their entire career."

Artists looking for a chance to have their song featured can find information at http://nextbighit.com/submit.html

More information on contest rules, prizes and details can be found at

http://nextbighit.com/Season1rules.html

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