Hotdisc Promotional CD


FAQs - All About The Hotdisc Promotional CD

We look forward to working with some of the greatest names in country music as well as the up and coming and established independent acts from all over the world. Our key area is Europe although we do extend into other territories such as Australia.

Hotdisc is distributed to a massive list of DJs, journalists, magazines, booking agents and other key people in the business.

Every client receives copies of the CD with their track on it, as well as gaining feedback on how their track is doing in terms of airplay and reaction; We provide our clients with the most professional marketing tool in Europe.  As well as featuring new tracks on the CD, there are often soundbites with acts talking about their current song, which is particularly attractive to radio DJs for use on their shows.  There is no extra charge for this and we encourage every act on Hotdisc to take the time to do this. There are also occasional extra features including interviews and exclusive cuts not available anywhere else.

The Hotdisc sleeve features full writer and publishing details, direct contacts of all acts, and timings with intro and ending information for DJs making it extremely user-friendly. We also provide DJs with a complete A-Z of every track on every Hotdisc CD to help them locate music quickly from past editions.

The deadline for each issue is the 20th of the month. What about cost?

The cost for a regular track on Rush Released for UK acts is £195 GB Pounds.
The cost for a regular track on Rush Released for USA acts is $300 US Dollars.

The cost for Premier slots for UK acts is £245 GB Pounds.
The cost for Premier slots for USA acts is $400 US Dollars.

We accept Paypal as a means of payment for overseas clients only. 
For British clients cheques should be made payable to
X. CAMERON and sent to Hotdisc, 21 Redpath Crescent, Galashiels TD1 2QG, Scotland, or you can pay by direct bank transfer. Details will be given to you at time of booking.

Hotdisc TV Show on Sky Television across the UK

The Hotdisc Top 30 Radio Show is syndicated around the world every week on a number of radio stations, but in 2016 we now have a one hour TV show on Sky TV which airs across the UK three times a week on Channel 376 and also on FreeSat 516 and FreeView HD 87. Every song which makes it into the Hotdisc Top 20 will feature for FREE on the TV show, which adds incredible value to the overall promotion.  Watch the latest editions here. Transmission times on Sky TV are Sundays (2pm) and Friday nights-into-Saturday mornings (1am). Each show is also available to view online at our website on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

Premier Slots

Any act wishing to book one of our six Premier slots to be included in the first six positions on the running order of the disc can benefit from extras including their photo on the front of the sleeve, their information highlighted in larger type on the sleeve and four banner links on our website for the month of the issue.

The charge for this Premier service is just 50 GB Pounds / $100 US Dollars extra. These are available on a first come, first served basis. Note that having a Premier space has no bearing whatsoever on your Hotdisc Chart position!

Award-Winning Service

The man behind Hotdisc, Stuart Cameron, has been working in country music for over 40 years. He was awarded the prestigious "Services To Country Music" accolade at the UK RADIO COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

In February 2002 he won the Lone Star State Country Music Association award which recognises his contribution made to independent music.

The ICMAG (Independent Country Music Association of Germany) honoured him with the "Best Promoter" Award in their poll and in 2003 he was recognised for "International outstanding services to Country Music" by the prestigious CMA (Country Music Association) based in Nashville.

We are committed to an exceptional customer relations service. We aim to reply to all correspondence within 24 hours but if you do not receive a reply within a few days, please re-send as it is likely your e mail will not have got through. We can be contacted at - e mail is terrific but not without its faults and with so many filters available on accounts many legitimate e mails don't reach their destination. We take customer relations seriously and try and keep our overseas clients in particular up to date with what is going on. Please feel free to call us if the internet is letting you down. Our details are on the Contact page.

Being based in Europe means that we can offer the best possible coverage in this market. We do not cover the USA; and because we ship direct from Europe to Europe our mailing costs are cheaper and therefore our prices are very competitive. In fact while costs have soared we have kept our prices exactly the same for the last 15 years! Not many businesses can boast that!

It is also important to note that while we generate airplay for our clients we are NOT a royalty collecting agent. The PRS in the UK are responsible for collecting royalties on our clients' behalf.  Sadly their efforts in doing so are gravely inadequate, and despite Hotdisc appealing to PRS and writing articles in the media to try and get their system changed, they insist that their ludicrous system of not paying for airplay on 29 days in a month period or bothering with many smaller stations, is the right way. We strongly disagree and will continue to strongly challenge their methods. In the meantime we are pleased to offer a service which is cost-effective for our clients, which generates airplay for them and gives them exposure they would not normally get from our comprehensive list of DJs in Europe.

REFERENCES - Don't Just Take Our Word!

"I have the most respect for Hotdisc and its Top 40 chart and the way it is compiled. It summarises the opinions of a large group of industry people who listen to a great deal of country music and can be expected to be reasonable and impartial judges. I give far more credibility to Hotdisc and the success it can bring." Chris Smith, Country Music People magazine.

"Clint Bradley took advantage of promotion through Hotdisc and topped the Hotdisc chart for several weeks. Clint tells me that this has resulted in a wave of interest and some lucrative bookings and that the first pressing of his album has completely sold out!"   David Allan, Former Presenter of BBCTV & BBC Radio 2 Country Shows.

Saturating Europe...

One of the reasons for our success is that we saturate the European market, giving our clients more potential airplay for a fraction of the cost of doing it themselves, as well as saving them time by doing all the administration for them and providing an unrivalled feedback service.

How to get Hotdisc

A lot of effort is made to provide each client with an exceptionally professional service which they will benefit from.

If you are a bona fide person working in the country music industry and would like to receive the monthly Hotdisc album please contact us and we will send you full details. Each edition is available on the 1st of each month. All we ask is for you to send the reaction sheet back to us to pass on to our clients at least four times a year.

The Hotdisc Top 40

The Hotdisc chart is compiled from DJs and industry professionals' ratings of songs currently being promoted on the Rush Released CD. They are not airplay charts, as airplay charts cannot work in Europe because there are no terrestrial country stations. The hundreds of country programmes on air which we service are likely to play a particular song only twice at most in a three month period, therefore rendering airplay charts insignificant in Europe. It works well in America where there are plenty of non-stop country stations but it does not work here. Any Airplay Chart you may see claiming to provide this service is bogus and Hotdisc does not condone these charts at all. They are misleading at best for the reasons stated.

The Hotdisc charts are put together weekly using ratings supplied by DJs who give scores to every song on the last three months' editions of Hotdisc. The scores are averaged out per week to give an accurate guide to the songs which are being championed by the industry.  The aim is to showcase the songs which the industry professionals are flagging up as quality songs. This is a very useful exercise as it is free of politics, hype and rigging and done solely on merit!

We think we have covered everything here, but if not, please do not hesitate and ask. We will be delighted to answer any questions you have.

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