An unsigned act seems set to break the top twenty in the UK charts this week, as independent label's gather to discuss how to create an online buzz for digital music released.

Anti-war activists and satirical band Ugly Rumours has released its cover of 'War (What Is It Good For?)' as performed during the march against the Iraq war last weekend.

The band then encouraged the crowd to buy the single through the store to highlight their opposition to Blair's war in Iraq.

Ugly Rumours are a parody of Tony Blair’s university band of the same name, using a Tony Blair look-a-like as lead singer.  The song was recorded in association with the Stop The War Coalition and was released to highlight public opposition to the Iraq war. The song costs £1.50 with profits going to the Stop The War Coalition.

The song is only available online, but seems guaranteed to chart this week, making Ugly Rumours the first unsigned act ever to enter the official top twenty, beating the record set by Koopa just six weeks ago. 

The online buzz is building, and independent labels and artists seem set to exploit the situation.

UK music business network MusicTank has announced a free evening seminar to help all involved exploit the emerging digital environment for music.

Aimed at producers, small niche labels, self-releasing artists and managers, the session will outline how best to establish an online presence, fanbase and how to market music online (including social networking sites, video streaming services and viral marketing).
The event will be chaired by Harry Leckstein managing director of Freeport Records and founder, London Urban Collective.
In order to access this event potential attendees MUST pre-register their free place by emailing: [email protected]
The event takes place on 20 March in London between 6-9pm.