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GAME 3 EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN

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The era of the Music-Sports athlete has begun. The Song vs Song Series (SvS) introduces "Music-Performance Sports", a new ground-breaking platform where the independent artists are the players referred to as, "Music-Sports Athletes" as they compete for cash prizes, ranking, and a national championship. This is the beginning of a new culture, a new way that independent artists are paid, promoted, and discovered solely on competitiveness and the quality of their songs. 


Star athletes and recording artists build their fortunes and fans from their achievements, competitiveness, and understanding of how to market themselves. We believe this will be the same for Music-Sports athletes. We anticipate our players gaining massive national exposure leading to them becoming celebrities, and role models in their communities. This will open the doors to them earning hundreds if not, millions of dollars from endorsements, sponsorships, potential major label situations, and more. The sky is the limit, but It all begins with the music.  

WHAT PLAYERS RECEIVE:

- National song exposure

- Organic listeners which lead to organic streams

- Game champions are paid from $100 to $1000 per game (payout is determined by the number of submissions we receive for that specific game.)

- SUPER MIC champion receives $5,000 dollars, SvS Championship Belt, and #1 national ranking 

- Game champions receive one (1) submissions fee waiver for the upcoming game 

- Major label A&Rs, radio DJs, and other industry professionals use Song vs Song Series to discover new music

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:

- Age must be 18 and up

- Must be a U.S. citizen

- Must register as a solo artist (If you are part of a group, you may still register under the group name, but must compete as a solo artist. A group member(s) may only be on the hook of the song.)

- Must be unsigned. (players cannot be signed to any record label or major distribution company)

- May not be signed to a major distributor. (For example, Sony Orchard)

SONG SUBMISSIONS RULES:

- Song must be listed on Spotify or Apple Music (No exceptions)

- Players may only submit one (1) song per game (Players will be asked to provide the song link)

- If a song includes a feature, it may only be in the hook. 

- The song must be radio-edited (Songs that are not radio-edited will receive a 2-point deduction on their overall score)

- Submissions must be made via our Eventbrite page (A link will be provided once the next game's submissions round opens)

- Not required, but highly recommended to ensure your song is registered with www.soundexchange.com to ensure you get your streaming royalties

- Not required, but highly recommended to ensure your song is registered with either BMI www.bmi.com or ASCAP www.ascap.com to ensure your songs are covered for royalty payments should your song get aired on an FM radio station.


NOTE: Because MSL is a nonprofit, players' submission fees are tax deductible, please use this benefit. 

SUBMISSION FEE:

- Players are required to pay a $75 dollar submission fee via Eventbrite

- For Early Bird Submissions, fees are $50 instead of $75 and $35 instead of $50 for 757/804 submissions (Early Birds are a week prior official submissions round opens)

- Submission fee is non-refundable

- Players may get refunded by writing the fee off their taxes


SPOTIFY/APPLE MUSIC:

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REGULAR SEASON: January - July

The regular season runs from January - July and is made up of 10 virtual games. Games are displayed on the website for people to participate by voting. Games are formatted as single-elimination tournaments. In each round, matches are scored by our judges. The song that scores the most points wins the match, in the event of a tie, the votes will factor into the judges' scores to break the tie. In 2024, regular season games will be reduced to 8.

PLAYOFFS/SUPER MIC: August

In the playoffs, players will compete in a seeded tournament format, but under the same rules as the regular season games. The four players that reach the semi-final round will clinch a SUPER MIC berth. The SUPER MIC is a live game where the top four players from the playoffs will compete live on-stage for the SvS championship. 

POINT RANKING SYSTEM:

Effective as of game two, players will now earn ranking points. Ranking Points can only be earned by participating in any regular season game. Points are earned up to the round the player is eliminated. Game champions will earn the maximum points for that game.  

RANKING POINTS TABLE

NOTE: A player will earn the standard rewarded points per each round the player advance. Players will receive bonus points in addition to the standard points based on the table below. Calculation example, if a player won all 4 rounds, 25+50+75+100 = 250 + any bonus points, if applicable.

REGULAR SEASON RANKING

Current rankings as of game one, last updated 02/05/2023

Ranking

Player

Points

1.

Lundyn Blaq, 

Norfolk, VA.

225

2.

Anthony M.,

Chicago, IL. 

125

3.

[email protected]

Hampton, VA.

75

4.

Black Lion Insurgents,

Chesapeake, VA. 

50

NATIONAL RANKING SYSTEM:

The national ranking system will not be point system based. To earn a national ranking, players must reach the playoffs. National ranking will be based on where players are eliminated. The winner of the SUPER MIC will be rewarded the #1 ranking for the season. The national ranking will be announced 72 hours after the completion of the SvS SUPER MIC. The national ranking will not be updated until after the next year's SUPER MIC has been completed. 

GAME 2 ROSTER

STAGE NAME: Gstriving Music

NAME: Gabriel Bowe

CITY, STATE: Mobile, Alabama

CURRENT RANKING: UR 

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

STAGE NAME: Lundyn Blaq

NAME: Michelle'la Hamlin

CITY, STATE: Norfolk, VA. 

PREVIOUS GAME RESULTS: 1st place, Song vs Song Series: Game One

CURRENT RANKING: #1

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

STAGE NAME: Cassaun

NAME: Cassaun Colding

CITY, STATE: Kansas City, MO. 

PREVIOUS GAME RESULTS: 3rd place, 2021 Song vs Song Series: Game One

CURRENT RANKING: UR

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

STAGE NAME: Anthony M.

NAME: Anthony Matthew

CITY, STATE: Chicago, IL.

PREVIOUS GAME RESULTS: 2nd place, Song vs Song Series: Game One

CURRENT RANKING: #2

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

STAGE NAME: JLN

NAME: Jalen Hinton

CITY, STATE: Portsmouth, VA.

CURRENT RANKING: UR

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

STAGE NAME: [email protected]

NAME: Otis Thomas

CITY, STATE: Hampton, VA. 

PREVIOUS GAME RESULTS: 4th place in Game One

CURRENT RANKING: #3

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

STAGE NAME: B Menace

NAME: Willie Hicks

CITY, STATE: Suffolk, VA.

PREVIOUS GAME RESULTS: 2022 7-Cities SvS Champion

CURRENT RANKING: UR

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

STAGE NAME: Maskqurade

NAME: Tristin Carter

CITY, STATE: Richmond, VA.

CURRENT RANKING: UR

ENDORSE THIS PLAYER

Song 

Coming 

Soon

GAME ONE RESULTS

January 24th - 28th

GAME ONE:

01/24, FIRST ROUND: 

[email protected], Hampton, VA. def. Tommy Positivity, Virginia Beach, VA., 14-8 

01/26, QUARTER-FINALS:

[email protected], Hampton, VA. def. Maskqurade, Richmond, VA., (Maskqurade Forfeited match)

Anthony M., Chicago, IL. def. SMXXTHNIZ, Virginia Beach, VA.,  25-13,

Lundyn Blaq, Norfolk, VA. def. Farragamo Money, Brooklyn, NY., 25-20,

Black Lion Insurgents, Chesapeake, VA. def. J2 Tha Craftsman, Chesapeake, VA., 26-20

01/27, SEMI-FINALS:

Anthony M., Chicago, IL. def. [email protected], Hampton, VA., 20-15

Lundyn Blaq, Norfolk, VA. def. Black Lion Insurgents, Chesapeake, VA., 18-16

01/28, CHAMPIONSHIP:

Lundyn Blaq, Norfolk, VA. def. Anthony M., Chicago, IL., 24-21.7

2023 SCHEDULE

GAME TWO:

Feb 16th - 18th 

GAME THREE EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS:

OPEN: Feb 6th 

CLOSE: 12th, 11:59 PM

CLICK EVENTBRITE LOGO TO SUBMIT.

GAME THREE SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

Feb 13th - 24th

GAME THREE:

Mar 9th - 12th

GAME FOUR SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

Mar 6th - 17th

GAME FOUR:

Mar 30th - Apr 2nd

GAME FIVE SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

Mar 27th - Apr 7th

GAME FIVE:

Apr 13th - 16th

GAME SIX SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

Apr 10th - 21st

GAME SIX:

May 4th - 7th

GAME SEVEN SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

May 1st - 12th

GAME SEVEN:

May 25th - 28th

GAME EIGHT SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

May 22nd - Jun 2nd

GAME EIGHT:

Jun 15th - 18th

GAME NINE SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

Jun 12th - 23rd

GAME NINE:

Jul 6th - 9th

GAME TEN SUBMISSIONS ROUND:

Jul 3rd - 14th

GAME TEN:

Jul 27th - 30th

PLAYOFFS:

Aug 3rd - 6th

SUPER MIC: SvS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Aug 19th (Date is subject to change)