SOURCE: Band Metrics

December 18, 2008 11:09 ET

Band Metrics Announces Advisory Board

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - Band Metrics, a TechCrunch50 2008 semi-finalist, announced today the formation of its initial advisory board, a diverse group of music industry veterans and music technology experts.

Band Metrics' Founder and President, Duncan Freeman, stated, "It's an honor to have such a fantastic group of music industry leaders desire to be a part of Band Metrics, as each advisor brings unique skills, strengths and perspectives that will assist Band Metrics in building the most effective application for artists and music industry professionals."

"As a thirty-five year music industry veteran, I know full well how vital accurate information is to the decision-making process of the music business, and I believe Band Metrics' technology will assist in helping to eliminate the guess work about an artists' audience size and potential growth," said Barney Kilpatrick.

Parag Chordia stated, "As a music technology researcher and musician, I am excited to see Band Metrics apply the latest music information retrieval techniques to understand where, how and by whom their music is being heard."

The initial three appointments to the company's advisory board are:

---Barney Kilpatrick, Founder and CEO, Rattlesby Records:

Barney has over thirty-five years of deep music industry experience and is well known for his work at the legendary indie label I.R.S., as well as at Warner Bros. where he was head of pop radio promotion, working with R.E.M., Madonna, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Seal, Faith Hill and many other global acts. Barney also created and managed the radio campaign that resulted in Cher's stunning 1999 comeback and No.1 single, "Believe." Barney was also an executive with Capricorn Records. Since 2001, he has released recordings for The Radiators, Oteil and the Peacemakers, and has managed the legendary pianist/conductor Peter Nero.

---Bruce Houghton, Founder and President, Skyline Music:

As the head of Skyline Music, a boutique booking agency that has represented national and international artists for twenty-five years, Bruce oversees the management of 40 exclusive artists like Solomon Burke, Michelle Shocked and John Sebastian. Additionally, Bruce is the founder and editor of Hypebot, a leading music industry blog that discusses the convergence of music and technology.

---Parag Chordia, Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology:

Professor Chordia received his PhD in media 'Computer-based Music theory and Acoustics' from Stanford University's CCRMA, and his BA in Applied Mathematics from Yale University. His research includes Music Information Retrieval (MIR) and Music Cognition research. Additionally, Parag founded Bol Records, an Indian classical music label, where he served as CEO and artistic director. Most recently, he co-founded, a social networking tool for South Asians.

About Band Metrics:

Band Metrics, a TechCrunch50 2008 semi-finalist, provides a first-of-its-kind semantic web application for the music industry that aggregates and analyzes large amounts of data about where and how music is played, shared and discussed online, providing a decision support system for both artists and music industry professionals in an easy-to-use dashboard. Features will include dynamic popularity scores, graphical trends and sentiments, prediction tools that help identify the music industry's rising stars and tools for managing an artist's digital reputation. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Band Metrics has filed several patents relative to its music intelligence applications. To register for a private beta account with Band Metrics, please visit:

For more information about Band Metrics, please visit or contact Duncan Freeman at +1.404.492.6511 or via email at

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