Illustrated Sound Network and CD Baby present

Put your spin on a popular song for a chance to win cash prizes.

CD Baby is partnering with Illustrated Sound Network & We Are the Hits to sponsor a fun cover song video contest where you can get creative, build your audience on YouTube, and have a chance to compete for $500 in cash prizes. All you have to do is...

  1. Choose one of the following pre-licensed* songs:

    • "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd
    • "Hello" by Adele
    • "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
    • "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
    • "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar

      *"Pre-licensed" means that We Are the Hits has already secured permission from the publishers so you can post your cover song video to YouTube.

  2. Strip it down

    Record the song in your own "stripped down" fashion: unplugged, acoustic, a capella, or some other creative arrangement that's more minimal than the original. The accompanying video can range from performing live in front of a camera to a full-blown music video – it's up to you!
    Please do NOT use any purchased backing tracks, uncleared samples, or karaoke tracks. That wouldn't be very "stripped down" now anyway, would it!?

  3. Upload It

    Submit your video to the contest by clicking the "ENTER NOW" button below and creating your account with We Are the Hits. We will add your cover song video to Illustrated Sound Network's "Illustrated Hits" channel and promote it in a playlist with other contest videos for up to one year, or until you tell us to take it down. (Note: you still own the rights to your recording and video, and are free to upload it to your own YouTube channel as well).

Videos will be judged on quality of the performance, creativity, & fan engagement. (Fan engagement will take into consideration things like views, watch time, likes, comments, & shares.)

The 1st Prize Winner will receive $250.
The 2nd Prize Winner will receive $150.
The 3rd Prize Winner will receive $100.

All contestants can earn a share of any ad revenue generated by their Pop Unplugged videos. This money will be paid to you through your We Are the Hits account, which you will create when you submit your video.

Videos are due by 8:59 pm PST / 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, March 22nd so don't wait! Winners will be announced the following Tuesday, March 29th on, so check back there!