PUBLIC ENEMY'S CHUCK D AND TUNECORE PRESENT “TUNECOREXPRESS" EVENT ON JULY 26 AT THE GUITAR CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY
FIRST 50 PEOPLE TO UPLOAD THEIR OWN ALBUMS
WILL RECEIVE VOUCHER FOR
NEW PUBLIC ENEMY ALBUM
How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul
On July 26, not only will music fans have the opportunity to meet music legend Chuck D, but aspiring musicians will also be invited to deliver their very own albums to iTunes via TuneCore at the same time. The first fifty musicians who upload their albums at the Guitar Center in New York City will receive a Public Enemy T-shirt and a voucher for a free copy of the new Public Enemy album, How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul, on sale August 7th (SlamJamz Records).
The event, dubbed TuneCorExpress, will also provide a hands-on demonstration of TuneCore’s newest service, which allows musicians to walk into Guitar Center stores and make their music available for sale worldwide -- ripped, uploaded and available on iTunes and other major download sites in approximately three to four weeks -- for a flat fee of $49.95. Public Enemy is using this TuneCore’s revolutionary new flat fee system for the digital distribution of their new album. TuneCorExpress represents the first time that the model-changing online distributor has offered its services to customers from a physical location.
Earlier this month, Chuck D explained his decision to team up with TuneCore for the new Public Enemy album to the New York Times, "I knew I had a fan base and I wanted to go directly to them. What good is a label? All they do is give you money. And in the area of digital distribution, they can’t do anything better or faster than anyone else."
20 years after the release of their astonishing debut album, Public Enemy returns with the provocative How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Have Sold Their Soul (available August 7th). The group reunited with Bomb Squad member Gary G-Wiz to produce the album, who effortlessly built it out of vintage roots and new fervor. How You Sell… features KRS-ONE on “Sex, Drugs and Violence” and Redman as special guest producer on “Can You Hear Me Now.” Public Enemy will kick off a national festival tour this summer at the Rock The Bells concerts in New York City on July 28th and 29th. The group will also appear at two more Rock The Bells events, one in San Bernardino (Los Angeles), CA on August 11th and another in San Francisco, CA on August 18th as well make an appearance at the Santa Fe Music Festival on August 10th. Additional concerts will be announced in the coming weeks.
TuneCore is a service that musicians can use to sell their music in digital stores, including iTunes and eMusic, while keeping all their rights and all the profits. This will be the first time that TuneCore has offered its service in a physical location. In addition to being able to sell their music to the digital stores, customers will also receive a free UPC and barcode.
TuneCore.com, the new music delivery and distribution service has changed the 100-year-old rules and model of the music business. It¹s a low, flat fee service that delivers music to iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many other major download sites while taking no rights and no revenue from the sale of the music. TuneCore's fees are simply based upon the number of songs delivered and the number of digital retailers that carry them.
Chuck D founded SlamJamz in 1996 as a vehicle to spread both hiphop and new urban music to what he calls “all the fertile territories that exist around the world today.” At present, the record company’s roster includes 12 artists, each carefully selected for their own unique and individual reasons. “We don't choose two artists alike,” explains Chuck. The unique structure of SLAMJamz also extends to the business arrangements they have with their acts. The company is adamant that the artists retain the rights to their work, and allows for them to own the master copies of their recordings as well as their own publishing rights. SlamJamz has also been a pioneer in indie and digital distribution since its inception.
WHO: Chuck D, with Jeff Price (CEO of TuneCore)
WHAT: TuneCorExpress, a special event
WHEN: 1pm, July 26, 2007
WHERE: Guitar Center, 25 W. 14th St., NYC (212-463-7500)
TICKETS: Free and open to the public, full service upload $49.95