(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Following their successful launch in North America in February, UK-based KarmaDownload has launched three brand new charts featuring the bands blowing up across the indie scene in the UK. KarmaDownload, which features the largest catalogue of digital independent music from Europe, was the first digital music service to promote the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, M.I.A. and The Go! Team to indie music fans.
Track positions on the new rock, dance and urban charts are based on KarmaDownload customer response, top site sales and input from the KarmaDownload A&R team. All three charts will appear on the Karma home page with more info on each artist featured on the respective genre home page. Each track can be downloaded for $0.99 US each or $8.99 US for the entire ten-track chart.
This month¹s rock chart features ten rising artists who are making significant impact on the UK indie scene, including The Rakes, Battle and Maximo Park.
In addition, KarmaDownload has launched a new weekly dance chart featuring the best tracks across house, drum n bass, breakbeats, electronic, techno, breaks and the many other dance genres available on the site. They have also launched a monthly urban chart featuring the best new talent emerging from, amongst others, the hip-hop, R&B, garage and reggae scenes.
"With so much great music coming out of the UK scene right now, music fans across Canada shouldn¹t have to wait for these artists and bands to explode before hearing about them," says KarmaDownload head, Jamie Estrin. "The new Karma Charts will offer a constant guide to the best new talent coming out of the UK each month. With so many labels from North America, Europe and further a field coming onto the KarmaDownload Network, we plan to launch more new tastemaker charts this year from music scenes around the world."
Less than three months after launching in Canada and the US, KarmaDownload has doubledboth sales and visitors to the site. There are now more than 100,000 tracks from 3000 labels on the site. The site launched last week the first digital music service dedicated exclusively to delivering the hottest Asian music to audiences around the world. The launch this month of Brasian Beats marks a milestone not only for KarmaDownload as their first specialist collaboration, but for Asian music worldwide. From Bollywood to Bhangra and Asian Underground to Asian R&B, Brasian¹s objective is to champion, promote and distribute Asian influenced music from established artists, old masters and exciting new emerging talent from across the globe.
On February 28, KarmaDownload.com became the first European download company to launch in North America offering US and Canadian imports at domestic prices. There are 100,000 tracks from 3000 of the top independent labels, including Rough Trade, Road Runner, Beggars Banquet, V2, Ninja Tune, Domino, Rough Trade, XL Recording, Global underground, Output, Finger Lickin¹, Defected, One Little Indian and Wall of Sound, and unsigned artists, access thousands of unique playlists and hundreds of rare/exclusive tracks, download ringtones and truetones, and listen to three channels of content available for download on KarmaRadio. The free weekly newsletter, "Karma Weekend Downloads," keeps music lovers up-to-date on the latest in new music
KarmaDownload.com is a non-subscription service with all tracks available in MP3 format and compatible with all media players and portable devices including the iPod. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen