The Tip Sheet

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The Tip Sheet (1993–2002) was a weekly magazine and CD insert for UK music industry insiders. Jonathan King founded it and was managing editor until his imprisonment in 2001. His brother, Andy, took over the position,[1] helped by Joe Taylor.[2]

The Tip Sheet promoted artists including The Corrs, The Darkness and Eva Cassidy while they were unsigned or unknown, and publicised future hits like Chumbawamba's Tubthumping, Cognoscenti Vs. Intelligentsia from the Cuban Boys and Who Let the Dogs Out? by Baha Men.

In 2005 The Tip Sheet message board and Record of the Day featured the track No Tomorrow by then-unknown band Orson. Within days the band had several offers. Within weeks they signed a publishing deal with Universal Records worth an estimated £300,000 and a label deal with Mercury Records for a million pounds. The single topped the UK chart, as did their first album.

The Tip Sheet has not been printed since 2002, but an online message board continues.[3] Joe Taylor and fellow-employee Paul Scaife have since been active at Record of the Day, which has similar objectives.[4]


  1. ^ "King's Tip Sheet to carry on". BBC News. London. 21 November 2001. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Critics' cool verdict for Mercury". BBC News. London. 24 July 2001. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tip Sheet stays online as mag closes doors". Music Week. 6 April 2002. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Dispatches: One song a day sets the record straight". The Guardian. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 

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