And the winners of the Side-Line Awards 2011 are...Posted on 01/01/12
The final results for the Side-Line Awards 2011 are in! Over the past 9 days you could vote for a bunch of nominated bands, releases, labels and magazines. Votes were counted by using the Facebook like button. That generated a total of 14,451 votes and roughly 200,000 visits to all the pages concerned, from the actual main voting page and the many satellite pages that were made for each selected artist and/or band. The high number in visits is explained by the high number of repeat visits from the people who voted to see how good/bad their choice was doing.
Congratulations to all bands, labels and magazines involved, the fact that you were chosen by our readers to be nominated in the first place already shows your work is being appreciated a lot. And here are the winners:
Best Band: the best band was - according to our voters - VNV Nation. The band literally beat the crap out of all other contenders. Only IAMX and Front 242 were able following Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson but the duo still collected over 1000 votes while IAMX got stuck with 826 votes, which still is an amazing score.
Best Album: the best album was - according to our voters - VNV Nation's "Automatic" which again amassed over 1000 votes. It's a stalinist score as the only contender getting closely was IAMX with the "Volatile Times" album (700 votes).
Best Newcomer: the best newcomer was - according to our voters - Virgins O.R Pigeons. Both we and the band's label Alfa Matrix were surprised by their nomination in the first place (they aren't really newcomers to begin with strictly speaking) but the band winning this 'best newcomer' award is crazy. Note that the band is still to release their label debut, but apparently the scarce Virgins O.R Pigeons tracks available are sufficient. It makes the demand for an album rather urgent and wanted. Second was Analog Angel followed by DarkDriveClinic which recently put out an excellent debut.
Best Single: the best single was - according to our voters - Combichrist's "Throat Full Of Glass", followed by Rammstein's "Mein land". Together they took more than 1000 votes home.
Best Label: the best label was - according to our voters - Metropolis which got 431 votes followed by a draw score between Alfa Matrix and Out Of Line. The 4th place was for Mute. Note that Metropolis has close to a monopoly on the US market while the EU market is more fragmented with lots more labels being active here, scattering the votes over more labels (who often originally release many of today's releases before licensing them to Metropolis). Nevertheless, Metropolis is the definite winner here. Congratulations!
Best Live Band: the best live band was - according to our voters - surprise, surprise, VNV Nation. It means that the band won no less than 3 awards this year. Also here they left the competition miles behind with Front 242 stranding at not even half of the +1000 votes that VNV Nation assembled. 2011 was the VNV Nation year and it shows in various other polls of shops and magazines which add the band in their Top 3 releases for last year.
Best Print Magazine: the best print magazine was - according to our voters - Sonic Seducer. Their German Blitzkrieg was absolute with 403 votes compared to 114 for Orkus and just 93 for Zillo. Gothic Beauty defended the honor by reaching 277 votes. One remark here, we were contacted by quite a lot of readers asking why we still bothered on having a poll on print magazines 'since nobody buys print magazines anymore'. That might be true but fact is that for many bands it still is being considered an honor being featured in a tangible magazine.
Best Online Magazine: the best online magazine was - according to our voters - Side-Line. We got 707 votes while our nearest contender got 191 votes. The other mentioned online magazines got just a very small fraction of the votes. Thank you for your trust, it's much appreciated!
Best E-shop: the best E-shop was - according to our voters - Amazon, they got 549 votes. Music Non Stop got 171 votes while Infrarot got 112 votes. It shows how Amazon has picked up quite some audience from the industrial scene, not in the least because most of the products from the main labels in the scene are also available in the Amazon store, both as download and as physical product. Next year we will split up the votes here between downloads/streaming and mail orders to get a better view here as well.
Is this the definite rating of bands and releases? No, it sure isn't. As you all know this popularity contest could be pushed by everyone nominated or voted for in the final round via Twitter, Facebook etc. Close to every band, magazine and label involved did contact their fans to vote for them on Side-Line, although it remains to be seen if these fans really voted for the one they got the mailing from in the first place. We know at least one case of a band which asked its fans to vote for them, but they saw the votes for other bands being boosted instead. It shows that being a 'fan' is quite relative sometimes.
You can check out the individual scores for each participant at the Side-Line Awards 2011 page. See you back next time for the Side-Line Awards 2012! For those who didn't win, here's a video message for you! Or watch after the jump!
Posted by B. Van Isacker
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