Years ago, ringtones were only downloaded to customize a mobile phone. But now popular ringtones are receiving awards for top download. In Canada, most downloaded tones are now qualified to receive platinum and gold awards. With so many people getting interested in downloading ringtones, there is no doubt that this is going to be a hit in recognizing artists.
Several artists were able to make it to the list and more are getting off the ground to join them. R&B songs converted to mobile phone ringtones are one of the most downloaded songs all over the globe. Not just in Canada, but including neighboring countries whose citizens were fascinated with the melody.
The first award was given last April which recognized 43 tunes that qualified for the platinum award and 17 tunes that qualified for the gold award. Tunes include “Smack That”, a song popularized by R&B icon Akon. The tune was honored an 8X platinum award for gathering a download of more than 320,000. Among the tunes awarded were “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake and “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire, awarded with 6X platinum for gathering more than 240,000 download. Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ms. New Booty” received a gold award for gathering a download of more than 20,000.
To qualify for an award, a tune must be able to reach at least 20,000 for the gold award. For platinum it takes 40,000 downloads for a tune to receive the award and 80,000 for a double platinum award. Awards can go as high as a double diamond if a tune can gather 800,000 downloads. So far since the awarding, no tune has ever reached the margin for a double diamond award. 400,000 downloads is required to qualify a tune for a diamond award.
Though ringtones play a little portion of the industry, it can encourage artist to produce quality and effective tunes that fans will love. The success of the tunes that were able to received awards continues to grow as more and more fans are downloading the tunes. There is no doubt the Akon’s “Smack That” will reach a double diamond award for it’s popularity.
Downloading a tone is simple. A user can visit recognized sites are start downloading. This may require a user a fee of $2.99 to $5.99 before being able to successfully transfer a tone to a mobile phone. Downloading a tone from your favorite artist will definitely help get an award for the tune. These are songs that were converted to tones compatible with most mobile phones. Most of these tones are classified as truetones with a little distinction from the original songs.
There are thousands of downloadable tones over the Internet. Some of these tones are offered free for download, but these tones might not be counted as valid entries for the awards.
Nobody expected this to become possible. Awards are usually given to an artist for successfully selling 50,000 copies or more, but today downloading a tone counts as a valid entry. This addition will allow users to give recognition to their favorite artist by downloading a tone instead of purchasing a copy of it through CD’s.