Hottest New Artist Song Contest 2010

Posted by:  PDS Entertainment LLC


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The Hottest New Artist song contest is seeking submissions in various genre categories including hip-hop, R&B, holy hip-hop, gospel, country, rock, pop, metal, jazz, inspirational, alternative, comedic, and more. All entries will be aired on the Hottest New Artist radio show and further prizes include placement on a compilation CD, a publishing contract, an album package, and more. Final prizes will be announced on the HNA website./n/nThe Hottest New Artist song contest is seeking submissions in various genre categories including hip-hop, R&B, holy hip-hop, gospel, country, rock, pop, metal, jazz, inspirational, alternative, comedic, and more. Entries will be played on air on the Hottest New Artist radio show, which airs Thursday nights at 8pm on, at 1340AM on the radio dial, or on

All 40 finalists will receive prizes that will be posted on the HNA website as their sponsors and partners are announced.

The show broadcasts to 70,000 listeners in the Richmond, VA area and on the internet. Songs are judged by industry professionals, radio show callers, internet polls, and event attendees (based on live on video performances). Submissions will be screened on production quality, originality, song writing overall impact and radio readiness. Artists should edit out explicit lyrics; no re-mixes or samples please.

The three phase song battle is for emerging artist to submit original songs for the chance to become PDS Entertainment LLC (ASCAP) Top Artists and #1 HNA.

  • Phase I: 40 semi-finalists will be selected by virtue of their song and move on to the next phase
  • Phase II: Artists perform at Meeting of Artist (in person or by video- see website for rules)
  • Phase III: up to 20 Top artists receive publishing contract, placement on a compilation CD, promotion, and are paid royalties. Additionally, the first place artist will be offered a complete album package.

The contest is open to US Citizens, residents and US military members serving overseas.

Terms And Conditions

1. All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Multiple co-writers, must be designated on entry form. Entrant by entering, indemnify & hold PDS harmless from, against any claims inconsistent with foregoing.

2. HNA competition is open to US Citizens, residence, and US military worldwide.

3. Entrant's responsibility to ensure songs submitted is complete and playable.

4. Entries will be screened by PDS Entertainment LLC (PDS), industry entity on production quality, melody, composition, originality, lyrics, and overall vibe, also public polls, on road surveys other considerations throughout. All entrant song or part may be aired any time on WHAP 1340AM (web where entry is iaw rules and time allows. Songs submissions must be radio ready please edit out any explicit content, lyrics. All songs must be original material no re-mixes or samples. Up to 40 Semifinalists may be selected, then contacted, and sent time sensitive instruction request for additional items as CD master, BW/color photo, typed bio and lyric sheet, consent forms.

5. At Meeting of Artist event about 30 days following entry deadline. The Semi-Finalist will be required to attend meeting in person or provide video performance place, date and time tba. One purpose of MOA is to critique your stage presence, musical and vocal performance ability.

6. Winners/Prizes: Finalists and the Hottest New Artist selected in part by public polls, emails, letters, callers and PDS. All Semifinalists will receive certificate suitable for framing and other prizes. The Finalists will receive a single song with limited artist promotion, and #1 HNA an Album greater promotion. The record publishing contract is from PDS Entertainment LLC (an ASCAP music Publisher). The compilation CD and album will be promoted, marketed to radio, distributed, and sold; artists paid standard royalties. The artist will receive Ten copies of CD release.

PDS will use its best efforts to announce the winners before end of year, and published results but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays. Winners will be required to sign an affidavit (subject to verification) confirming that winner's song is original and holds 100% rights. Failure to sign and return in required time period or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate winner selected. All semifinalists are to provide good contact phone number so PDS may call semifinalists before final decision is made to clear up any concerns that may appear.

All winners agree to release PDS, sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are responsibility of winner. PDS will not pay winners' taxes. Prizes will be sent out within a reasonable amount of time. Please note that prizes which are being sent to winners from Sponsors may take longer than prizes sent directly from PDS. If the winner has not received any portion of prizes within 180 days and has not responded to PDS communication, PDS will no longer be responsible for prizes delivery.

7. Entrant constitutes permission to use winners name, likeness, voice, song for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Entrant agrees that should his/her song(s) be selected, PDS shall have the right to include the winning song(s) on the PDS Compilation CD to be used for promotional, marketing, distribution and sales. Top artists selected as Hot New Artist local TV, News, and radio will be sent press release, and finalist may be contacted to set up possible artist interviews. Entrant retains all ownership rights to all submitted song(s) until such time as record, and or publishing contracts offered and accepted. The contracts will include distribution percentages of royalties that will be paid to the top selected artist.

8. Entrant acknowledges songs entered may be distributed to screeners, judges, promotional entities, entrant agrees to release, indemnify, & hold PDS, its sponsors, judges harmless for liability, method of use, damages, or claims for injury/loss to any person, property relating to, in whole or in part, directly/indirectly, participation - HNA.

10. By entering HNA, entrant, their parents or legal guardian agree to accept, be bound by the decisions of PDS, screeners, judges which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Rules and Regulations as established herein by which PDS retains right to make any necessary changes.

10. PDS shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort of incurred as the result of any dealings or the result of the presence third parties which PDS established a sponsorship or advertising relationship.