First up is Little Boots, who just finished a whirlwind, sold-out North American tour that was capped off with a killer Coachella set, and is getting ready to “get stuck into writing and recording the next record.”
To celebrate the trek – and the fact that she was able to avoid getting stranded by volcanic ash – Boots is giving away some of the brand spankin’ new merch available in the store section of her website.
LB, aka Victoria Hesketh, would like people to check out the extensive blog of her Stateside tour, soooo … if you want to score some swag, you’ll have to watch her video diary – all of it.
To enter the contest, keep track of how many times Vic’s little brother Henry says the word “Peace.”
Once you’ve got a tally, send your answer in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and while you’re waiting to see if you’ve won, check out the awesome new Little Boots merch at LittleBootsMusic.co.uk.
Next is Andy Bell, who’s taking a little break from Erasure to release his sophomore solo album, Non-Stop.
Pre-ordering the album from MuteBank.com will score you a free download – a Vince Clarke remix of the title track.
To mark the June 7 release of Non-Stop and an upcoming headlining gig at Mencap’s “Our Friends Acoustic” evening at London’s IndigO2 with Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw and Howard Jones, Erasure’s official fanclub, Erasure Information Service, is giving away a pair of tickets to the show.
But here’s the really sweet part: The winner and their +1 will get an exclusive preview of the entire new album (more than three weeks before its release) AND sit down with Andy to do an exclusive interview about the new disc for AndyBell.com!
“Call On Me,” the first single from Non-Stop hits the streets on May 31. Bell’s manager and former partner, Paul Hickey, will be releasing a book about his life and his work with Erasure called “Sometimes – A Life Of Love, Loss & Erasure” later this year.
If you’re feeling pumped about your remixing skills, you need to check out Yeasayer’s contest.
The band is sponsoring a contest to find the best remixes of its latest single “O.N.E.”
Stems – or individual tracks with vocal, bass, drums, etc. – for “O.N.E.” are available to rework the song using free music program Aviary, as well as for download if you’d rather use your favorite software for the job.
Budding DJs and producers are encouraged to submit as many different mixes as they want, with the winners chosen by the online community.
And to share and promote your creation, Mad Decent – Yeasayer’s label – has provided handy widgets for Twitter and Facebook, as well as embeddable code.
Finally, if you’re an “American Idol” fan, you’re going to want to anxiously watch Pollstar.com Monday morning. That’s when we’ll be announcing a contest that will put you and a friend right into the center of all the excitement at the “Idol” grand finale in Los Angeles next month.
For complete details on Little Boots’ video diary contest, visit LittleBootsMusic.co.uk.
To enter Erasure Information Service’s Andy Bell interview contest visit AndyBell.com. (By the way, Andy is also sponsoring a remix contest on his site!)
To get your hands on stems of Yeasayer’s “O.N.E.” and also get a look at the prize list (which includes a grand prize featuring Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro, a Yeasayer Odd Blood CD and LP and, best of all, your mix posted on MadDecent.com), visit Remix.MadDecent.com.