Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, CHVRCHES, The Neighbourhood, and Lindsey Sterling were all recent recipients of custom awards designed by Bennett Awards. These recognition awards were commissioned by SoundExchange for their inaugural 2014 SoundExchange Pulse Awards. The SoundExchange PULSE Award recognizes the quick market entry and continued sustainability of artists in the digital radio streaming music space. These artists were recognized for bursting onto the scene in the non-interactive digital space. The SoundExchange PULSE Award winners were selected based on data reported to SoundExchange by 2,500+ digital radio providers, and based on those who had a significant increase in digital radio exposure during the previous 12 months.
The inaugural SoundExchange PULSE Award recipients include:
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The duo reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart with the independent release of their smash hit “Thrift Shop.”
- Lorde – The New Zealand teen phenom and GRAMMY-Award winner broke onto the scene in 2013 with her critically acclaimed debut album, “Pure Heroine.”
- CHVRCHES – The promising Scottish electronic group is composed of Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty.
- The Neighbourhood – The American indie rock band is composed of vocalist Jesse Rutherford, guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott and drummer Brandon Fried.
- Lindsey Stirling – The American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer was nominated for a Billboard Music Award and won a YouTube Music Award.
For these custom awards, Bennett Awards handcrafted a pewter sculpture award that was a replica of a headset. The sculpture featured a brushed pewter finish, and was mounted on a round black marble base with silver-fill engraving of the SoundExchange logo, award name, and recipient name.
SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties from more than 2,500 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $2 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.