Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Charlie Simpson's crowdfunded album gets into the top 10

This is a pretty special week for crowdfunded music.  The idea of fans helping to pay for an album to be recorded has been around for a few years, but this week Charlie Simpson's album Young Pilgrim, funded through Pledge Music, has entered the UK album charts at no. 6.

Full story over at Music Week.

Here's the original listing on Pledge Music.  Charlie got 544 pledges, and well over 100% of the money he asked for.  At the lowest level the pledger got a copy of the CD; at the highest level they got a concert at their house.

It was easier to fund the album than it might have been because Charlie isn't unknown - he was previously in Busted and Fightstar, but it's still a great achievement.

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