OurStage.com and Real Hip Hop Network Team Up With Drake to Offer One Undiscovered Artist Opening Slot On 20 U.S. Tour Dates Beginning May 17
NEW YORK, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — One undiscovered hip hop artist will get the chance of a lifetime to be the opening act for hip hop superstar Drake on his latest US tour. OurStage.com and Real Hip Hop Network have joined forces to offer OurStage emerging artists an exclusive competition to win an opening slot on 20 tour stops, playing in front of thousands of fans at major concert venues and arenas. OurStage.com is accepting entries now at http://www.ourstage.com/prizes/8988 and original songs can be submitted through Friday, May 11 at 11:59pmET. The fan judging, which will assist in choosing the winner, closes on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:59amET.
The winning act will be selected from within the top 100 ranked artists in the competition with the approval of Drake, Real Hip Hop Network and OurStage. The artist who comes out on top will live like a true superstar throughout their journey, including riding from date to date in a private, branded tour bus. The tour dates will begin May 17 in Houston, TX and run through June 17 concluding in Mansfield, MA. The full list of tour dates can be found here: http://www.pollstar.com/resultsArtist.aspx?ID=61655&SearchBy=drake
“This is going to change someone’s life,” said Derrick Brown, Vice President of Business Development at OurStage. “There are artists who scratch and claw their whole career and never get a chance to share the stage with a platinum-selling artist like Drake.”
“Real Hip Hop Network is excited about the partnership with OurStage in the sponsorship of Drake’s ‘Rise’ competition,” said Atonn Muhammad, President/CEO at The Real Hip Hop Network. “Drake is one of Hip Hop’s shining new stars and his support in reaching out and finding America’s next rising superstar is what the Real Hip Hop Network believes in!”
Founded in 2007, OurStage.com (www.ourstage.com) is a leading destination for music listening, discovery, and quality editorial content. With more than 200,000 artists from 40 styles of music, OurStage.com receives 4 million visits each month from 170 countries. OurStage.com’s most acclaimed feature is its proprietary judging engine where the site’s listeners rank the music of emerging artists for competitions that reward major opportunities to the winners–such as the chance to open for headlining acts and/or record with major label performers. To date, OurStage.com has provided opportunities for artists to open, be mentored by, or collaborate with celebrity artists such as Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Drake, Goo Goo Dolls, HANSON, Train, John Legend, Lilith 2010, John Mayer, Monica, T-Pain, Trey Songz, Keith Urban, Travis Barker, Jane’s Addiction, Hot Chelle Rae and many others. OurStage.com has also partnered with a wide range of media giants over the last few years, including: Clear Channel, Guitar Center, BET, CMT, Digital Broadcasting Group, AOL Music, MTV, and Radio One. For more information: http://www.ourstage.com.
About Real Hip Hop Network
RHN.TV is a wholly owned subsidiary of SSM Media Ventures, Inc. The Real Hip Hop Network is the first 24 hour cable channel and digital media company, geared toward real hip hop lifestyle and culture. The networks mission is to challenge the negative stereotypes imposed on hip hop and introduce to the world what “real” hip hop represents. RHN.TV reaches the 18-34 demographic with exciting, ground breaking content, pulling from the 5 elements of hip hop; Deejaying, Break-dancing, Emceeing, Graffiti and Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding. RHN currently broadcasts on Arabsat through a partnership with EBS TV. For more information on where you can watch RHN in the United States call your local cable or satellite provider or log on to: www.rhn.tv
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