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Square Bear's Top 75 Project 

Around this time of year, a lot of people tend to make new year's resolutions and I'm no exception. However, whereas most peoples' resolutions are to lose weight or to give up smoking, mine is a little different. This year I have resolved to get a track released into the top 75 UK singles chart by the end of the year. A little ambitious maybe, but I feel my music is now comparable to a lot of chart tracks and as I already have a club release under my belt I feel that I have a pretty good chance.

This page will record my achievements and thoughts this year as I aim for my goal. It may end up horribly wrong and I may give up early in the year or I might suprise everyone (including myself) and actually make it into the charts! Hopefully, if it works out I might go higher than 75 and end up in the top 40 or even the top 20 but I'm going to try and be sensible and aim for a reasonable target. Likewise, if I crash and burn, at least I can say I gave it my best shot.

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Oct 1st - Found out about a few more tracks that are due to be released on the same day as Baz - U Sure Do. The full list so far now looks like this. There's a few big names amongst them:

22nd November:
Girls Aloud - I'll Stand By You
Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Franz Ferdinand - Can't Stop Feeling
The Corrs - TBA
Keane - This Is The Last Time
Sugababes - TBA (Probable re-release of their debut single)
The Thrills - Not For All The Love In The World

Oct 2nd - Oct 12th - I'm taking a few days away from music making, as I feel I've earned it. The promo machine is in full swing for U Sure Do and further details and updates can be found at www.bazofficial.com If you look in the news and events part of the Baz site, you will see they have described me as "Top remixer Square Bear...." hehe! See you all in a few days.

PS. If you get lonely, why not have a chat with Bearbot ;)

Oct 13th - Good news and bad news. The bad news is that U Sure Do will not be released on November 22nd as planned, as there are too many well established artists aiming for chart positions that week. The good news however, is that the track will be released in February 2005 instead. This is what the record label have been told:

"Basically, the market is 'chocca' at the moment with established artists signed to major labels pushing for their Christmas releases. We have had some brilliant responses from some key industry figures with "U Sure Do", but the overwhelming advice that has been given is to release the single in the Spring, where we will have greater impact with launching a brand new act.

So, after much deliberation with Baz and his management, we have decided to hold the release until the Spring of 2005, most likely around February time, to give Baz and his debut single the best possible chance in the charts we can."

Naturally, I'm a little disappointed but I realise that it is important to give Baz the best start he can. It also means that I'm unlikely to achieve my goal of getting a track in the charts this year, but it should still be fun around February time.

Oct 21st - Ah well. So much for that dream. Baz has changed his management team and they have decided to split from Baby Love Records, as they want him to follow a different career path from the one the record label had planned. They have also decided NOT to release U Sure Do as his debut single, which means that my remix will not get a release.

To say I am annoyed and upset is an understatement. The CD was ready, the video was ready, everything was geared up for the track to be released in Spring next year and then out of the blue, this happens. I'm finding it difficult to understand how this decision was made when everything is ready and waiting to go. So, it's back to square one for me. It's times like this when I feel like giving this project up, as it's only caused me misery so far with very little success.

I've been in touch with Carl from Baby Love Records and they have kept my CV for any future remix work, but for now, it's back to scouring the net for opportunities. Two months and a few days to go. I can't see it being a success now.

Oct 22nd - Back to work again. I had a look around some of the opportunity sites that I know of and found three great opportunities already. One is a record label looking for a pop/dance remixer to work on commercial singles and album tracks. A US TV show is looking for dance tracks to place as backing music and the third opportunity is to submit a pop/dance track for a member of a well known pop group who is going solo. I've registered my interest with all three and am hoping to hear something back from at least one of them.

I'm still deeply upset about U Sure Do, but I'm not going to dwell on it too much. I have had some great supportive emails which have helped me no end and convinced me to carry on with this. Thanks to you guys who took the time to contact me. Now, it's time for me to get back on with my project.

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