WHOOZNXT.COM and Virgin Mobile USA Partner to Launch, “Big Bang” a Weekly Web Series Premiering Exclusive Music Videos from Top Social-Trending Artists Starting on October 3rd
CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — WHOOZNXT.COM and Virgin Mobile USA are launching “Big Bang Presented by WHOOZNXT,” an exciting new web series kicking off October 3rd that will debut weekly exclusive video premieres from some of the platform’s top breakthrough artists; Eyes Set To Kill, Asking Alexandria, Drake Bell and Hollywood Undead. The exclusive content will be hosted on Virgin Mobile’s Facebook lifestyle portal, Virgin Mobile Live (www.facebook.com/virginmobilelive).
“These days, emerging bands live or die by their social following,” said Ron Faris, Director of Brand Marketing, Virgin Mobile USA. “WHOOZNXT has an intriguing platform that gauges the social trending of up and coming bands. By showcasing some of their bands’ success stories and exclusive content on Virgin Mobile Live, we hope that other emerging bands can see their recipes for viral success. We’re really excited to be launching this program and have high hopes for it.”
Each week beginning October 3rd, WHOOZNXT and Virgin Mobile will be exclusively premiering a new video created specifically for the BIG BANG series. The bands were selected through the groundbreaking WHOOZNXT heat index that determines the artists that have grown their fan base the most as measured across all of the major social networks. Additionally, in each artist’s premiere week, the Virgin Mobile Live Facebook page will host an exclusive interview with the band conducted by Virgin Mobile Live’s DJ and Music Supervisor, Abbey Braden about how they were able to build their social fan bases so successfully. The bands will also be featured on Virgin Mobile Live 2.0, Virgin Mobile’s streaming music station available on all Android devices via the Android Market.
The selected bands included in BIG BANG have been chart topping artists since initially signing up with WHOOZNXT.COM and have remained consistently popular with fans. In April, Asking Alexandria earned their national television debut with a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live via WHOOZNXT by gaining almost 90,000 digital fans tracked through the platform. Since its launch, WHOOZNXT has provided opportunities for its members, both new and established and this new series is a way to reward top performers.
WHOOZNXT’s Founder and CEO, Jeff Yapp commented, “We are excited to be launching our first series on Virgin Mobile Live. Virgin has a rich and deep history in the music space of bringing fans around the world the best in new music.”
Kicking off the “Big Bang Presented by WHOOZNXT” on October 3rd will be female fronted, Arizona based metalcore rockers Eyes Set To Kill, who will be premiering the video for “Where I Want To Be” from their new album, White Lotus. An independent band with a massive and loyal fan base built solely on endless touring and a constant connection with fans via social networking sites, the group boasts over 685,000 Facebook fans and millions of video views on their YouTube page. The concept for the “Where I Want To Be” video further proves the strength of an independent band and their fans connecting through the internet. With a desire to shoot a video from the fans point of view, before a recent concert, the band chose a few fans to shoot footage of the live performance on HD cameras and all of the footage was edited and turned into the 100% fan shot video with incredible results.
On October 10th, “Big Bang Presented by WHOOZNXT,” will premiere a brand new video from Asking Alexandria, who currently has over 1.5 million Facebook fans. The UK hard rock sensation recently performed to thousands at the Epicenter Festival in Irvine, CA alongside such major acts as Limp Bizkit, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and Buckcherry. The band shot a live video that day for the track, “Not The American Average,” that perfectly captures the intensity of their blistering set and this video will be exclusive for Virgin Mobile fans. The track comes off the band’s ground-breaking debut album, Stand Up and Scream, and the clip was shot by renowned director Frankie Nasso. Fans won’t want to miss out on witnessing Asking Alexandria live. Asking Alexandria have proved to be heralded artists as their critically acclaimed new album, Reckless and Relentless, debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 charts scanning an impressive 31,449 units.
October 17th will kick off the very exciting third week of the series by premiering the newest music video from international film and television star Drake Bell. Since becoming a household name on the hit Nickelodeon series “Drake and Josh,” Bell (who learned to play guitar from none other than The Who’s Roger Daltry) has evolved into a bona fide music star with two successful albums and two #1 singles under his belt, ten US and international Nick and Teen Choice Awards, thousands of screaming fans showing up at his concerts and almost 2.4 million Facebook fans. Bell recently released a four-song EP, A Reminder, produced by John Fields (Rooney, Jimmy Eat World, Selena Gomez, Jonas Bros) and Bleu, garnering enthusiastic reviews from critics and fans alike. “I’ve been so busy with acting and since a full length CD probably won’t come out until next year, I wanted to put out a few new songs for my fans. They haven’t had new music for a while.” Asked about the creative of the video, Bell responded “It’s a surprise! So don’t miss this exclusive premiere!” The new video comes out just before Bell embarks on a special five-concert run up the East Coast kicking off in Danbury, CT on October 26.
October 24th will be the final premiere for the month with a highly anticipated video from Hollywood Undead, currently boasting almost 2 million Facebook fans and having sold over 1 million CDs in their career. The video is being shot exclusively for “Big Bang Presented By WHOOZNXT” and will be a remix of the fan favorite track, “Levitate” off their latest release, American Tragedy, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was released earlier this year. As with the other two bands in the series, Hollywood Undead has always prioritized their relationship with fans via social networking sites, built a massive community on-line, and in turn have given the fans an opportunity to work with them on a track. Hollywood Undead continues to draw thousands a night on the road, and will be co-headlining the WWIII tour with Asking Alexandria this Fall, followed by a run with Avenged Sevenfold.
Like many of its top tier artists, WHOOZNXT.COM has catapulted in status from internet start up to a major cutting edge company since its launch just earlier this year. The platform has consistently provided unprecedented opportunities and exposure for its members, solidifying the media network’s position as the leading platform of its kind. WHOOZNXT has rewarded musicians with opportunities that they may otherwise not have had, such as performances on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” The Dew Tour, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the Vans Warped Tour and more.