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PRESS RELEASE 10/12/03 - DEVON MUSICIAN TOM KERSWILL TOPS ONLINE UK CHARTS
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Totnes-based singer/songwriter Tom Kerswill has scored a UK number 1 hit this week on the leading mp3 website besonic.com. The site is a haven for new music. It allows users to download free songs from bands across the world.
The charts are based on how many people listened to and downloaded songs. They also depend on how many times a track is played on the website's Internet radio station, Besonic radio. Listeners can give an online "thumbs up" to tracks which they enjoy.
Tom's song "Always be There" shot to number one within days of entering the charts. It has proved especially popular with listeners in the UK and Germany.
"It's amazing and a little bit scary to see my song becoming a hit." says Tom. "There just seemed to be a watershed of people listening to the track and liking it enough to download it. I was a little worried about making all my music available for free on the web. There's been a lot of bad publicity about piracy and artists being ripped off. It's paid off though - many users have liked the songs enough to purchase them on my website, and I'm building up a list of fans across the World."
At just £3, Tom's CD is not expensive, but he admits its chief aim is to get the music heard.
"I want as many people to listen to the music as possible. The more people hear the music, the more will come along to gigs, and the more fun I'll have."
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Since the closure of mp3.com, Besonic has become the leading mp3 site. Users can download 74,000 tracks from over 20,000 artists.
Tracks from Tom Kerswill's debut EP are available online at www.tomkerswill.co.uk
Tom has been playing at folk clubs and open mic nights across the county, and is hoping to play more gigs in the New Year. Latest gig news is available at www.tomkerswill.co.uk.
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