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The inaugural Hotdisc Awards for 2016 on Monday 2nd January was broadcast across the UK on Sky TV's "Keep It Country" channel, with eight awards given out to acts based on genuine success over the last 12 months using data from the Hotdisc Top 40 which is compiled each week by the cream of Europe's country music DJs.
Hotdisc is proud of the transparency of its Awards which were totally free from public votes which are open to manipulation. The recipients of the attractive laser-etched trophies can be satisfied that their achievements have come from their peers on merit.
The Hotdisc Awards show, presented by former BBC2 TV and Radio 2 country presenter David Allan, featured the Top 10 most popular songs of 2016 as voted for by the European DJs who receive Hotdisc's CD packed with new releases from Britain and Overseas each month.
The programme will be repeated on Thursday 5th January at 4pm and also in the very early hours of Saturday 7th January 2017 at 1am.
Hotdisc has been operating for 18 years with the sole aim to promote new music to its network of DJs mainly in Europe, who support the venture which began in 1998. Hotdisc is open to all acts from Britain and Overseas to take part.
The Most Successful International act of the year, who received the most chart points than any other act, was the prolific American singer-songwriter David Starr, who enjoyed success with four Top 10 singles in 2016. The most successful Overseas single went to newcomer Brenda Burch with her six-week chart-topper "Sparks Will Fly." She also walked off with the Horizon Award for the most successful International act from all those appearing for the first time on Hotdisc in 2016. The Best Video was tightly fought with Denny Strickland just getting the nod from a panel of Hotdisc's European DJs for his Hotdisc Number 1 single, "Get A Grip."
In the British section, the late Jackie Storrar, who sadly died this year following a brave battle with cancer, was the most successful homegrown act with both her singles reaching Number 1 in 2016 and gaining the most chart points. Kathy Crinion's "Rock n Roll Banjo" landed the Most Successful Single award with her 8-week Number 1 song while the Horizon Newcomer Award went the way of Irish singer Kerry Fearon. The Best Video was won by Scottish duo Raintown for the song "Nineteen Again."
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES WITH WINNERS IN CAPITALS FOR INTERNATIONAL HOTDISC AWARDS:
MOST SUCCESSFUL SINGLE:
Billy Yates - Three Tequila Floor
BRENDA BURCH - SPARKS WILL FLY
Hicks - Stomp A Little Louder
Leslie Cours Mather - That Was The Whiskey
HORIZON AWARD FOR MOST SUCCESSFUL NEWCOMER:
MOST SUCCESSFUL ACT OF 2016:
Lynne Taylor Donovan
BEST VIDEO (Voted by a panel of country music experts):
Leslie Cours Mather - That Was The Whiskey
Matt Stillwell - Hey Dad
Shantel Adams - Modern Woman
DENNY STRICKLAND - GET A GRIP
Hotdisc Managing Director Stuart Cameron, who was honoured with the special "Services to Country Music Award" by the CMA in 2002, is delighted that Hotdisc goes from strength to strength.
"We've now produced an incredible 216 editions - that's one every month without a break for 18 years - of Hotdisc and we're delighted to continue servicing DJs in Europe with brand new music for their shows. We have been delighted to work with some of the biggest names in America including Alabama, Lonestar, Shania Twain, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and The Bellamy Brothers but we also are proud to have introduced many homegrown acts to a new audience and we are still working with clients who were on the very first edition, which is a testament to the way we work in the business, providing an excellent value promotional service to everyone, and also investing in homegrown talent. This year we invested £4000 to give British and Irish acts a chance to use Hotdisc and we will continue to put talent before financial gain to enable us to help give acts a boost in this industry, generating airplay for them as well as introducing them to new markets and new fans.
"This year we started the Hotdisc Top 20 TV show which is hosted by Phil Mack's innovative 'Keep It Country' channel and it has proved to be very popular with clients and country music fans alike. We look forward to offering our clients more opportunities in the future."
The most successful British songs each year are put together on a special "Best of British & Irish Country" CD and edition number 18 in the long-running series covering the cream of the 2016 tracks has just been released. This year among the acts appearing on the 22 track album are Luke & Mel, Holloway Road, Raintown, Jackie Storrar and George Inglis - all of them enjoying number 1 status on the Hotdisc British and Irish chart this year. In fact of the 22 songs, 15 of them topped the British & Irish Hotdisc chart. The CD, priced £9.99 - available at our website at www.hotdisc.co.uk - is also available to download from iTunes and Amazon for £7.99.