HitQuarters is an internet based music industry publication, founded in 1999 by Swedish brothers Ranis and Pontus Edenberg in the
Benelux(Brussels and Amsterdam). It started as a Pan-European organization, but included offices in North America by 2001.
HitQuarters improved upon the common
music industrydirectory by introducing track record listings of A&Rs, managers, producers, publishers and songwriters active in the industry. The directory, called HitTracker, serves as a collection of music businesscurricula vitae with the mission to give an artist improved knowledge of who they sign record, management or publishing deals with.
A number of artists featured at HitQuarters have had measurable success in the music industry.
The Knifeachieved Top 10 status in Swedenwith their song "Heartbeats", which was also covered by Jose Gonzalezand used for a popular Sony BRAVIA TVcommercial.
The Alpinehad a Top 20 hit in Denmarkwith their single "Mondays Look The Same".
Bobby Creekwaterof Atlantawas featured on HitQuarters in 2004 and was signed to Shady Recordsin 2006.
* Female Irish pop singer
Lesley Roysigned a six album distribution deal with Jive Recordsof New York in 2006. Her debut album is scheduled for release from Religion Music and Jive Records in 2008.
Shelleyhad a Top 10 hit with the single "Hit It" in Irelandin Fall of 2006.
World Top 100 A&R Chart (Yearly)
A&R ChartsHitQuarters gained initial recognition by presenting the world’s first A&R charts, the weekly World Top 20 A&R Chart and the yearly World Top 100 A&R Chart.
No.1 A&Rs on World Top 100 A&R Chart by Year:
* 2001 -
Clive Davis, J Records, USA
* 2002 - Chris Lorenzo, Murder Inc., USA
* 2003 - Riggs Morales, Marc Labelle and Marshall Mathers (a.k.a. Eminem), Shady Records, USA
* 2004 - Diana Meltzer – Wind-Up Records, USA
* 2005 - Mark Williams – Interscope Records, USA
* 2006 -
Linda Perry- Custard Records, USA & Max Lousada - Atlantic Records, UK
World Top 20 A&R Chart (Weekly)
Points are allotted to A&Rs based on an elaborate point system for breaking artists on an international level. The aim is to show an unsigned
songwriter, producer, artist or musician which A&R is most likely to give them success and has the potential to break them as a new act. It is evaluated by means of a point system and is based on the national official sales charts of the largest world markets, including USA, UK, Germany and France.
A&Rs that have reached No.1 on the Top 20 A&R Chart include:
Dr. Dre, Aftermath Records
* Riggs Morales,
* Marc Labelle, Shady Records
Clive Davis, Arista Records
* Josh Deutsch,
Simon Cowell, Syco Music
The main offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Stockholm, Sweden dissolved in 2003 as the company re-structured to work mainly with a network of freelancers not bound to a specific geographical location. Though HitQuarters employ somewhere between 25-40 people, there is no main office.
The owners denied two separate bids (amount unknown) to buy the company by Tonos (2002) and BMG (2004) and remains independently run.
The co-founder Ranis Edenberg (a.k.a. Pat Reiniz) is also known for producing the party classic "Cotton-Eye Joe" for the group
Rednex, and other international pop bands 'N Sync, Amazonia Blue, Sugar & Spice, Cool Jamesand Black Teacher.
* [http://www.hitquarters.com HitQuarters.com]
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