Last updated
HitQ logo.jpg
Type of site
Music database webzine
Available in English
Website www.hitquarters.com
Alexa rankIncrease Negative.svg 737,775 (April 2014) [1]
Registration Yes
Launched September 20, 1999;19 years ago (1999-09-20) [2]
Current status Inactive

HitQuarters was an international music industry publication and contact database founded in 1999. It was noted for its in-depth interviews with industry figures, as well as its A&R and manager contact directory, free artist promo pages and song sale facility, demo reviews and A&R chart, [3] and was the sister site to the songwriting tip sheet SongQuarters. The site went defunct in December 2017, and no posts have been made on its Twitter and Facebook accounts since March and May 2015 respectively.


Focus on aiding unsigned and independent artists

The website had a strong focus on offering unsigned and independent artists, songwriters and producers in tools to help develop their music careers, whether through attracting the attentions of record label A&R and management, pitching songs and tracks, releasing and marketing music independently, or just learning more about how the music industry works.

To this aim the website featured an extensive contact database known as HitTracker, where users can find contact information for A&R, publishers, managers, producers and songwriters based on their track records, a news bulletin service, free artist promo pages, demo review feature judged by A&Rs, producers and managers, and an archive of several hundred interviews with industry figures that are geared towards offering constructive career advice and industry know-how. [4]

Members of HitQuarters that went on to find success included Christelle, The Knife, Dominique Young Unique, Bobby Creekwater, Lesley Roy [5] and State of Shock.

Christelle is a R&B/pop singer from Gabon. Her debut offering R&B/Pop EP was released on February 20, 2009 and it entered the Billboard Top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on May 9, 2009. She immigrated to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2006 without speaking English and started her music career in 2008, only 18 months prior to becoming a Top 40 success. She defines her sound as "Rihanna meets Janet Jackson".

The Knife Swedish electronic music duo

The Knife were a Swedish electronic music duo from Gothenburg formed in 1999. The group consisted of siblings Karin and Olof Dreijer, who together also run their own record company, Rabid Records. The group gained a large international following in response to their 2003 album Deep Cuts.

Antoine Rogers, better known by his stage name Bobby Creekwater, is an American rapper and hip-hop producer from Atlanta, Georgia who is a former member of Shady Records.

Interviews and features

One of HitQuarters' most prominent features was its weekly in-depth interviews with major industry figures such as A&Rs, producers, managers, songwriters, promoters and publishers.[ citation needed ] Interviewees included pop impresario and entertainment mogul Simon Cowell, industry executives and A&R Martin Kierszenbaum, Mike Caren, Jason Flom, Peter Edge, Chris Hicks, Richard Russell, Miles Leonard and Ron Fair, managers Jonathan Dickins, Dumi, Louis Walsh and Eric Härle, songwriters Diane Warren, Wayne Hector, Rami Yacoub and Andreas Carlsson, producers RedOne, Chris Braide, Steve Mac, JR Rotem, Richard X and Phil Ek, and songwriter, producer and A&R Linda Perry.[ citation needed ]

Simon Cowell English reality television judge, television producer and music executive

Simon Phillip Cowell is an English television music and talent competition judge, businessman, A&R executive, talent manager, and television producer. He has judged on the British TV talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and the American TV talent competition shows American Idol, The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Cowell is the principal, founder and chief executive of the British entertainment company Syco.

Martin Kierszenbaum, also known by his pseudonym of Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, is an American songwriter and producer. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was a member of Maroon, a University of Southern California graduate, founder and Chairman of Pop Alternative label, management company and publishing firm The Cherrytree Music Company. He is also A&R, apart from being a songwriter and a producer for Lady Gaga, Sting, Madonna, Mylène Farmer, Keane, Tokio Hotel, the Paradiso Girls, Feist, Far East Movement, Colette Carr and Natalia Kills. He has co-written songs for Lady Gaga, t.A.T.u., Mylène Farmer, Robyn, Flipsyde, Far East Movement, Ivy Levan, Tokio Hotel, Ai and Alexandra Burke.

Wind-up Records A&R Diana Meltzer poses with HitQuarters award that made her the first No.1 female A&R. Diana Meltzer HQ Award.jpg
Wind-up Records A&R Diana Meltzer poses with HitQuarters award that made her the first No.1 female A&R.

The website also ran a regular demo review feature where a changing panel of industry experts review songs uploaded to the site by unsigned artists, assessing their hit potential and offering advice on how the tracks can be improved.[ citation needed ] Judges included Visible Noise CEO Julie Weir, and producers Colin Richardson and Eddie Galan and producer and publisher Steve "Blast" Wills.[ citation needed ]

Visible Noise is a British independent record label that focuses solely on British bands.

Colin Richardson is a British record producer, mixer and recording engineer. He has worked on over 100 albums, and is most frequently associated with heavy metal and its subgenres.

Eddie Galan is a Los Angeles-born Talent manager, acting manager, and former songwriter, record producer and music manager. Galan is the Founder and CEO of Mach 1 Management, a talent first, 360 multihyphenate management group which bridges the gap between the digital and the traditional. He is also the Co-founder and Co-President of Girl on Mercury, a quick growing film and television production company built with long time star client, Kiersey Clemons. He studied film production at Occidental College in Los Angeles and began a successful career in music songwriting and production right out of college, going on to sell over 21 MILLION records as a songwriter and music producer.

A&R chart

HitQuarters founded the world's first A&R chart that measured the success of individual A&R representatives based on points accumulated from their respective artists' chart success. Most notably, 2004 saw Wind-Up Records' Diana Meltzer become the first woman to top HitQuarters' World Top 100 A&R Chart, [6] [7] a considerable achievement in what is traditionally a male dominated field. [8] Previous number 1s included Clive Davis, Tommy Mottola, Dr. Dre, and Mark Williams. [3]

Clive Davis American record producer and music executive

Clive Jay Davis is an American record producer, A&R executive and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer.

Thomas Daniel Mottola is an American music executive. He is the co-owner of Casablanca Records in a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He headed Sony Music Entertainment, parent of the Columbia label, for nearly 15 years.

Dr. Dre American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and actor from California

Andre Romelle Young, known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, and was previously co-owner of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including 2Pac, The D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, Knoc-turn'al, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the crafting and popularization of West Coast G-funk, a rap style characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. As of 2018, he is the third richest figure in hip hop, with a net worth of $770 million.


HitQuarters was a companion site to SongQuarters, an online tip sheet for "songwriting leads to major and developing artists".[ citation needed ] It shared the same contact directory as HitQuarters and its members automatically had access to the HitQuarters site.[ citation needed ] It was also a subscription-based service with 7-day trials available for those wanting to try it out first.[ citation needed ] The songwriting leads were split into three categories according to the level of the artist they relate to: 'Top 500', 'Newly Signed and Developing' and 'Unsigned and Up-and-coming'.[ citation needed ]

Related Research Articles

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.

Alannah Myles Canadian musician

Alannah Myles is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress who has won both a Grammy and a Juno Award for her recording of the song ”Black Velvet”. The song was a top-ten hit in her native Canada and a number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

Prism (band) Canadian rock band

Prism is a Canadian rock band formed in Vancouver in 1977. They were originally active from 1977 to 1984 and have been active again from 1987 to present. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Ron Tabak, guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, keyboardist John Hall, bass guitarist Allen Harlow and drummer Rocket Norton.

Jennifer Rush American pop singer

Jennifer Rush is an American singer and songwriter. Rush achieved success during the mid-1980s around the world, with the release of a number of singles and albums including the million-selling single "The Power of Love," which she co-wrote and released in 1984.

Artists and repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label or music publishing company that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists and songwriters. It also acts as a liaison between artists and the record label or publishing company; every activity involving artists to the point of album release is generally considered under the purview, and responsibility, of A&R.

Demo (music) song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release

A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, record producers, or to other artists.

Leon Ware was an American music artist, songwriter and composer. Besides a solo career as a performer, Ware was best known for producing hits for other artists including Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Maxwell, Minnie Riperton and Marvin Gaye, co-producing the latter's album, I Want You.

"Wind Beneath My Wings" is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.

James Douglas Vallance, is a Canadian songwriter, arranger and producer. He is best known as the songwriting partner of Canadian musician Bryan Adams. Vallance began his professional career as the original drummer and main songwriter for Canadian rock band Prism under the pseudonym "Rodney Higgs." In addition to Adams, Vallance has written songs for many famous international artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Roger Daltrey, Tina Turner, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Europe, Kiss, Scorpions, Anne Murray, and Joe Cocker. His most recognizable songs are "Spaceship Superstar" (Prism), "Cuts Like a Knife", "Heaven", "Summer of '69", "Now and Forever " and "Edge of a Dream" He also co-wrote "Tears Are Not Enough" for Northern Lights for Africa, an ensemble of Canadian recording artists in support of the 1985 African famine relief. He has won the Canadian music industry Juno award for Composer of the Year four times Vallance is a Member of the Order of Canada.

An unsigned artist, unsigned band or independent artist is a musician or musical group not under a contract with a record label. The terms are used in the music industry as a marketing technique. Bands that release their own material on self-published CDs can also be considered unsigned bands. Often unsigned bands primarily exist to perform at concerts.

Raghav Canadian singer

Raghav Mathur, known professionally as Raghav, is a Canadian singer/songwriter. He has released three studio albums: the debut Storyteller in 2004, Identity in 2009 and The Phoenix in 2012. His most known commercial success was with "Angel Eyes" which peaked at number 7 in the UK in 2005. His singles "So Confused", "Can't Get Enough" and "It Can't Be Right" also reached the UK top ten in 2004. Raghav continues to have success on Canadian charts in 2010s with subsequent hits like "So Much" with Kardinal Offishall, "Fire", "Top of the World", "Woohoo" and "Until the Sun Comes Up" (featuring Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan and US artist [

<i>Fame Games Radio</i>

Fame Games Radio is a music discovery radio program produced by Meer Music International (MMI) for Envision Radio Network in association with Dial Global Radio Network, since February 2010.

Katrina Carlson is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Katrina currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, Kenneth A. Carlson, and her three children, Mackenzie, Alexander and Ruby Rose.

Andrew Lane (record producer) American record producer

Andrew Lane is a pop-hip hop-R&B songwriter and record producer. He was born in San Diego, California.

Paul Brandt Canadian singer

Paul Rennée Belobersycky is a Canadian country music artist, known professionally as Paul Brandt. Growing up in Calgary, he was a pediatric RN at the time of his big break. In 1996, he made his mark on the country music charts with the single "My Heart Has a History," propelling him to international success and making him the first male Canadian country singer to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the United States since Hank Snow in 1974.

<i>Music Connection</i>

Music Connection is a United States-based monthly music-trade magazine, which began publication in 1977. It caters to career-minded musicians, songwriters, recording artists and assorted music-industry support personnel. The magazine began by focusing on the Southern California music scene, but now has a national focus and national distribution. The publication and its website offer inside information about the music business, including specialized directories of contact information about music professionals and Free Classifieds for musicians. Music Connection also publishes reviews of unsigned and independent live performers and recording artists. A number of acclaimed artists achieved their first music-magazine-cover status from Music Connection. Those artists and groups include Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette, White Stripes and Adele.

Chelsey Danielle Pauls, known professionally as Danni Rouge, is an American artist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. She is best known for her work on DJ Rusko's single Dirty Sexy off his Songs album as well as the charting single Like Satellites with EDM artists Manufactured Superstars. Danni Rouge is also known for her fluid vocals and her racy, piercing lyrical content off her single "Dance for the Devil" from her EP Create Yourself.

Natania Lalwani is an Indian pop singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. She is known for her single "Cherry Love".

<i>Made from Plate</i> 1976 studio album by Onion

Made From Plate is an album released by tax-scam label Tiger Lily Records as the debut album of a band called Onion. In reality, like Hotgun, released by Guinness Records the album was a composite, created from unpublished demo recordings made by several different unsigned performers. One of the rarer albums released by Tiger Lily Records, only two copies are known to exist.

Philip Martin Lawrence II is a producer and songwriter best known for his work with the songwriting and production team The Smeezingtons, as well as Bruno Mars. He has won eight Grammy Awards for his work. Lawrence's latest recording project, 24K Magic, won at the Grammys in the categories - Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance. Philip is co-writer and co-producer on the majority of the songs released under these ventures. He also sings vocal with The Hooligan band who tours with Mars.


  1. "Hitquarters.com Site Info". Alexa Internet . Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  2. "HitQuarters.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS . Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  3. 1 2 "A&R Star Makers: The Vanishing Gatekeepers", LA Weekly, 11 February 2010.
  4. "Demo Directions", Sound On Sound, November 2000.
  5. "Lesley Roy / uwants", uwants, 29 July 2008.
  6. "Women in music industry...kind of", Feministing.com, 12 April 2004.
  7. , Billboard , 19 Jul 2003.
  8. Where are the female A&Rs?, The Guardian , 23 July 2009.