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  • "Rolling Stone" Launches "Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?" Contest

    Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:37:00

    "Rolling Stone" Launches "Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?" Contest - The prize: Appearing on the cover of the mag

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    Venerable rock bible Rolling Stone announced its first-ever "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" competition, in which 16 undiscovered acts will compete for the ultimate prize: To be the first band or artist not signed with a major label to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone. This is also the very first time the magazine is putting the coveted cover decision in the hands of consumers! Rolling Stone covers are iconic and cultural markers, so this is a big deal. Big.

    The winner of the six-month competition, presented in partnership with Garnier Fructis and AOL Music, will also receive a recording deal with Atlantic Records.

    Consumers have the opportunity to be a music critic by going to here and rating the competing bands. The top four chosen by consumers will move on to the next round, along with four others selected by Rolling Stone editors.

    The eight finalists will then travel to New York City in March to record two studio songs and perform for Rolling Stone and AOL Music editors, Atlantic A&R executives, and other industry professionals. The contest will include several online voting rounds, with the final two acts going head-to-head at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. Readers' votes will determine the victor, marking the first time Rolling Stone has handed over its famed cover decision process to the public. The winner will be announced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and will appear on the cover of the August 19th issue, on newsstands August 5th. After listening to more than 1,200 musical acts, Rolling Stone and AOL Music editors, and Atlantic A&R executives selected the following 16 finalists:

    • Empires (Chicago, IL)
    Fictionist (Provo, UT)
    • Go Periscope (Seattle, WA)
    • Jamestown Revival (Austin, TX)
    Lelia Broussard (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Mod Sun (Bloomington, MN)
    Muffy (Atlanta, GA)
    PK (Templeton, CA)
    • Skyler Stonestreet (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Tha Boogie (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
    The Americans (New York, NY)
    The Gallery (Wilbraham, MA)
    • The Romany Rye (Big Bear, CA)
    The Sheepdogs (Saskatoon, SK)
    The Steelwells (Fullerton, CA)
    Ume (Austin, TX)

    Are you going to vote and help determine this historic Rolling Stone cover?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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