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An unsigned band is a band that has not been signed to a record label. Bands that release their own material on self-published CDs can also be considered unsigned bands. Often unsigned bands primarily exist to perform at concerts.
In more recent years, the internet has helped promote the music of unsigned bands. Artists often post their music as MP3's on websites such as Kooba Radio, MySpace, PureVolume, GarageBand.com, DMusic, AllUnlabeled.com and SoundClick.
UK Unsigned bands and musicians are able to use such services as The Unsigned Guide and The Musicians Guide to gather music industry contact names, phone numbers, websites and social media links, as well as information on how to get signed or market music independently.
Song pitching websites, such as AudioRokit, TAXI[disambiguation needed] and MyHitOnline allow unsigned musicians to see which record labels (and other music companies) are currently seeking new music.
Internet promotion has been the key for some bands for getting popular. Bands like the Arctic Monkeys, Owl City, and solo artists like Lily Allen have gained popularity through Myspace, although the Arctic Monkeys did not even know what MySpace was, and claimed that fans made it for them! In 2007 unsigned bands have become more popular with Internet users and have been able to break into the main stream charts this year, Koopa the band in question entering the official download chart at position 21. Unsigned Bands are now finding many resources across the Internet to promote, market and sell their music almost free of charge. A new resource for this is the popular Unsigned Radio show ran by Angry Duck, promoting unsigned acts across two community radio stations. Unsigned charts are now being promoted on almost all the underground music site's and this year has seen many of the domain owners spending large amounts of money on developing these charts to bring bands to them. A number of these are now additionally registered with the official charts.
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