What is Heat Seekers?

Heat Seekers is an opportunity for unsigned and independent artists to be featured on HotNewHipHop. Submissions to be featured on Heat Seekers are open for 48 hours, and run every other Wednesday at Noon (EST) until Friday at Noon (EST). HNHH editors will review the submissions and select the 12 songs that caught our ear to be Heat Seekers Finalists.

Fans will get a chance to vote, and the four artists who receive the most votes will be featured as our Heat Seekers Final 4. Voting opens the following Monday at Noon (EST), and runs until that Friday Noon (EST).

The next Monday, HNHH will reveal that edition's Final 4 Heat Seekers who will be featured on our site, and remain on the Heat Seekers page until the winners for the next edition are revealed. Every edition of Heat Seekers will be archived on our site.


Where do I go to submit? You can submit to Heat Seekers by simply visiting our submissions page at http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/heat-seekers-submit.html

How do I submit? You must be registered with HNHH as an artist. Once you are registered simply visit the submissions page, and complete the form. Do not forget to include your bio, and other information as this can be important if you are selected. Once completed simply upload your song.

When can I submit? Submissions are open for 48 hours every other Wednesday at Noon (EST) until Friday at Noon (EST).
When submissions are closed you will see a counter on the submissions page indicating when submissions will re-open.
Use the "Submissions" tab on the Heat Seekers page to determine if submissions are open. You will see a green "ON" indicator on the "Submissions" tab when submission are open, and a red "OFF" indicator when closed.

How many songs can I submit? Artists can submit one song per Heat Seekers edition.

Can I submit a video? For submissions we do not accept videos. However, if you are selected as a Finalist you will have a chance to have a video on display.

Can I submit a freestyle? We do not accept freestyle submissions, as we prefer to hear completely new and original material from upcoming artists.

Can I re-submit a song? While we only accept one submission per artist on each edition of Heat Seekers, you can re-submit a song the following edition if it was not previously featured as a Finalist.

Selection Process

How are songs selected to make "The 12 Finalists"? The HNHH editors review each song that is submitted, and the following factors are considered:

  • Strong Lyrical Content and/or Song Concept
  • Overall Recording and Production Quality
  • Artistic Appeal and/or Commercial Appeal
  • Flow and Voice
  • Originality

We also take into consideration:

  • Existing Following/ Fan Base
  • Professional Approach and Presentation

Out of all the songs we receive we determine the top 12 tracks that stood out. The artists behind these will comprise the Heat Seekers Finalists.


How are "The Final 4" selected? "The Final 4" who will be the Heat Seekers for each edition are voted on by the fans. The top four vote getters will be selected to be featured on our site as Heat Seekers.

When is voting open? Voting is open Monday at Noon (EST) after the 12 Finalists are selected, and runs until that Friday at Noon (EST).
You can determine if voting is open by visiting the voting page at http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/heat-seekers-vote.html.
Use the "Voting" tab on the Heat Seekers page to determine if voting is open. You will see a green "ON" indicator on the "Voting" tab when voting is open, and a red "OFF" indicator when voting is completed.

How do I vote? Simply visit the voting page and click the "Vote" icon next to the play button of the track you wish to select. If you are not signed into HNHH you will be prompted to sign in with your HNHH account. You can also sign in using your Twitter, or Facebook or Gmail logins.
Once you have cast your vote, you will be able to see the vote tallies for each artist.

How many times can I vote? You can only vote once each Heat Seekers edition, so make sure you listen to all the Finalists to make your vote count.

How many songs/artists can I vote for? You can only vote for one song/artist for each Heat Seekers edition.

Can I be featured on Heat Seekers multiple times? Once you reach Heat Seekers "Final 4" status your feature will be archived on the Heat Seekers page. Since your feature is already archived, we will not be accepting future submissions from previous Heat Seekers.
If an artist makes the 12 Finalists, but fails to advance to be a Final 4 Heat Seeker they can submit songs in the future. Artists should ensure to submit new songs, as artists can be featured as a Finalist multiple times, but a song can only appear once.

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