Beginning this week, BET Interactive will promote artists and recordings from global
music giant BMG Entertainment, through its first strategic marketing arrangement with a
BMG, the global music division of multimedia conglomerate Bertelsmann AG, will use the
urban and African-American portal to host pre-release music, exclusive interviews, and other
content through the deal, of which financial terms were not disclosed.
Accordingly, 360HipHop.com and BET.com will feature listening parties and promotional
contests, chats, and interviews with BMG artists including Arista’s Run DMC and
The deal marks the first time that a music company has signed a strategic marketing
agreement of this kind with BET Interactive, which is partially owned by Viacom.
“BET.com’s music strategy is dedicated to developing synergistic opportunities by
providing the most comprehensive promotional platform for record labels and artists,” said
Leyla Turkkan, vice president for music development at BET.com.
“As an Internet company with a network component, BET.com creates a complete interactive
and convergent music experience for all audiences,” she added. “BMG is one of the most
important music groups in the world and has assembled a stellar new media team with a
During the next several months, BET Interactive will highlight artists including Arista’s
Run DMC, RCA’s Tyrese and J Records’ Alicia Keys.
360HipHop.com began hosting a “world premiere listening party” for Run DMC’s upcoming
release “Crown Royal,” two weeks before the album will appear in stores. Users also will be
encouraged to pre-order the album and to enter a contest for an autographed Run DMC catalog.
In addition to online promotions, BET Interactive’s parent network BET will use on-air
crawls and host mentions to promote the Run DMC launch on the sites.
Another contest on BET.com will debut Tyrese’s upcoming album “2000 Watts” by promoting
the first single, “I Like Them Girls,” before the album is available in stores. Beginning
this week and continuing until April 11th, users also can enter on the site to win a trip to
Disney World to see Tyrese perform.
In coming months, BET.com also will launch and internally promote a commercial
documentary of BMG artist Alicia Keys.
“BMG is proud to have partnered with BET.com for these exciting online and offline
promotions,” said Evan Harrison, senior director for online marketing at BMG. “This
partnership marks our dedication to bring artists and their music closer to their fans and
at the same time, provide exposure of our artists in new and exciting ways.”
For some time, BMG has been pursuing online marketing agreements with minority-focused
Web sites. Last year, it inked a deal with Spanish- and Portuguese-language portal
StarMedia and made investments in African-American entertainment site Urban Entertainment,
and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender portal PlanetOut.com.