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  Fans help fave bands sell singles
Updated 19 February 2004, 14.39
Lucy works for Busted's team
Music bosses are using new tactics to publicise bands - you!

Street teams are groups of kids who volunteer to put up posters and spread the word among their mates about new bands and singers in return for freebies.

Check out any new band's website and it's likely you'll be invited to join their street team.

Cheap promotion

Tom and Dougie from McFly
McFly also use street teams
Around 40 singles are released each week, and many of them are from unknown artists who need lots of promotion.

And with fewer people than ever buying singles, record companies need cheaper ways to make sure you hear about their new acts.

So getting kids to big-up their bands to their friends in the form of street teams is becoming a very popular tactic.

Enough rewards?

Lucy is on Busted's team: "It's good knowing you're out there, publicising the band and helping to make them big."

But while she's happy to help out her fave popstars, she's not convinced the rewards match her hard work.

"We should get more for doing it, we're publicising them for free."

So if you're thinking about joining a street team for your favourite band, make sure you check out what freebies are on offer before committing yourself.

For more on street teams watch Newsround Showbiz's special report on Friday 20 February at 4.40pm on the CBBC Channel

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