Bum rush the charts

by Rusty Tanton, March 22, 2007 - 9:00am

Today is the day to Bum Rush the Charts. What's that mean, you may ask? Here's the explanation from their site:

Podcasting gets little respect from traditional media. To them we're little more than a joke, than amateurs. What they don't understand is that podcasting is more than just a delivery mechanism - it's a social movement. People are sick of the watered-down, cookie-cutter content that networks and record companies expect us to enjoy. People are tired of watching friends and loved ones get sued by record labels who only care about profits and nothing else, not even the artists they supposedly represent.

We want and deserve more. On March 22, 2007, we're going to change that with your help.

We can do better. We can match and exceed the reach of big media, corporate media, labels, and the entrenched interests. On March 22nd, we are going to take an indie podsafe music artist to number one on the iTunes singles charts as a demonstration of our reach to Main Street and our purchasing power to Wall Street. The track we've chosen is "Mine Again" by the band Black Lab. A band that was dropped from not just one, but two major record labels (Geffen and Sony/Epic) and in the process forced them to fight to get their own music back. We picked them because making them number one, even for just one day, will remind the RIAA record labels of what they turned their backs on - and who they ignore at their peril.

I already purchased the track. The song sounds like a U2 rip-off to me, but I think the cause of striking fear into the music industry is totally righteous. So think of it as taking one for the team.

h/t Jeff, Grayson

Tags: black lab, Bum Rush the Charts, Mine Again, music

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