Whatâ€™s new in the world of Music and Technology? The world-renowned multi-platinum artist Akon and a key Canadian Internet Company have joined to create something new and very interesting: HITLAB.com. Hitlab is a new media company focused on reinventing the way music is discovered, produced, marketed and distributed.
Using their proprietary DHS (Dynamic Hit Scoring) technology algorithms to mine data from patterns existing music, and comparing these patterns to that of hit songs in the US (Billboard 100 Top Hits) from the past 6 years (using 76 variables including pitch, tempo, etc.), Hitlab measures the songâ€™s â€śhitâ€ť potential. A score of over 70% means that the song is widely appealing because it demonstrates similar mathematical patterns to recent chart-topping hits by the industryâ€™s biggest musicians.
For the unsigned artist joining the site there will be 5 stages to hit it big. Stage one is to upload their demo track. At stage two, they submit the demo track for DHS analysis for a fee of $30. Next, they submit the final demo track to the Online Audition. If the artist is selected for the Live Showcase, the winner will perform live in front of Akon and possibly be signed to one of his labels (Konlive or Konvict).
There are several advantages to the artist having his/her songs analyzed. To begin with it helps them to get a feel of the potential the song has to become a chart-topper. Second, the artist can use DHS as a learning tool to see what works and what doesnâ€™t in an effort to improve their songs. The artist can also find out which of the songs stand the greater chance at becoming hits using DHSâ€™s analysis and detecting comparisons. Lastly, getting a higher score can lead to a higher site ranking, which gives the artist a better chance at earning a spot in the HITLAB Live Showcase and getting a record deal with Akon!
Akonâ€™s HITLAB also stores hits of inspiring artists for anyone to listen to for free or to purchase. What a wonderful way to support unsigned artists waiting to be discovered!
If youâ€™re a musician looking for record contracts, youâ€™ve come to the right place. If you want a part in the music business, you can join to be a Top Promoter (which creates your own web site and music store).
The Latest News is that HITLAB recently partnered with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) in the Emerging Artist Competition. The Recording Academy (www.grammy.com) agreed to give the winning unsigned upcoming artist or band a chance to perform at the 3rd Annual Social Media Rock Stars summit, an official GrammyÂ® week event!
While there are many sources out there for new artists and bands, Hitlab is devoted to helping artists find their way to the biggest audience and to becoming the biggest hit possible simply by creating an easy-to-use algorithm for success.
Until next time,
Kelli Richards, CEO of the All Access Group, LLC