I’m late to this party (not too late!) but this is pretty awesome. Bum Rush the Charts is an effort by a group of podcasters to get a specific independent song to the top of the iTunes chart on Thursday March 22. That’s tomorrow.
Why? Well, this is what the site says:
Podcasting gets little respect from traditional media. To them we’re little more than a joke, than amateurs. What they don’t understand is that podcasting is more than just a delivery mechanism – it’s a social movement. People are sick of the watered-down, cookie-cutter content that networks and record companies expect us to enjoy. People are tired of watching friends and loved ones get sued by record labels who only care about profits and nothing else, not even the artists they supposedly represent.
The RIAA is out of control. I’m a huge music fan and the mom of two teenage boys. It scares me to imagine that we could trigger a lawsuit simply by enjoying the music we love.
I rarely listen to regular, over the air radio anymore, it’s all podcasts. On those podcasts I’ve been introduced to a bunch of great new music. It reminds me of when I used to listen to college radio when mainstream radio started going corporate in the 1980s. In fact, when I was in highschool I wanted to be a DJ. By the time I was midway through college I’d lost that interest, because it was so… lame. Podcasting is starting to reignite that old interest in me! Who knows, maybe one of these days I’ll start a banannie podcast (about…?)