May 14, 2009, 11:12 PM
If it helps you, I will share my experience I had with Hilltoprecords with you.
1-I registered a song with copyright
2- got a letter from Hilltoprecordsstating that they were interested in my songs.
3-I sent them two of my songs
4-They responded stating that my songs were considered for a “screening process “and that if the songs passed the screening, they would be considered for a CD compilation. The cost would be $ 425,00 per song; this charge would cover the cost involved during the screening. If the songs did not pass the screening, my money would be refunded. If the screening were passed, they would keep the money to cover the expenses during the screening. I signed the screening “test ” sent them the money order for the two songs and waited.
5-a week later they sent me a letter stating ” congratulations ” your songs passed the screening process, they will be included in two compilation CD’s.
6-They kept me informed as how the process was with the recording of my songs. When the cd was a bout being completed , they sent me a form asking me to provide the with local radio satations and local stores were they could posibly sell the cd .
7-They sent me my first copy of the CD with one of my songs in it. They were 27 songs in it. All songs were acceptable.
7- I got a copy of the second CD with my other song in it. They were 28 songs in it. All songs were acceptable.
8-I Just got my fist royalty check last week for the exorbitant quantity of
$ Eleven dollars and twenty-two cents.
Hilltop Records is in the business of recruiting innocent songwriters to charge them $ 425-475 per song. Do the math , 28 songs in a cd , they charge an average of $ 430 per song . that is about ten thousand dollars they get per cd .
They are selling us just an illusion. They are really not in business to make us famous; they are in business to take advantage of our dreams. When I signed the contract, I was aware of the risk because I consulted this forum but I went ahead and kept going because I wanted to put music on my songs, that I achieved. But if you are trying to put your door on the music industry using a company like Hilltop Records, you are wrong ...
I hope my experience helps you to understand the mechanic of business like Hilltop records….