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As more artists enter the political fray, often hard-lining one side or the other, it's important to remember music's incredible ability to also bridge division and bring people and communities together. ___________________________ By Michael Alan Anderson. This first appeared in The Washington Post On Friday, Taylor Swift, formerly reticent about... Continue reading
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With all the pressures and responsibilities that come with being an independent artist, picking a band name can seem like a mundane detail, but the reality is that choosing the right band name is ultimately of the most important decisions you can make as an artist. ______________________________ Guest post by... Continue reading
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Sleuthing out what exactly it is that makes a song "catchy" has been a goal of songwriters since time in memoriam, and in this piece by Hunter Farris, he meshes the worlds of music theory and psychology to determine just what it is that gives some music the ability to... Continue reading
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Sponsored by the drug and alcohol treatment center Cornerstones of Recovery, The Ties That Bind Us launched as a weekly interview series designed to shed light on some of the more negative byproducts that can result from a rock 'n' roll lifestyle. We look back on one year of the... Continue reading
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The record industry, and consequently the record deal, have seen countless transformations over the decades, and while many artists may still be eager to sign the "contract of their dreams," the reality is that these agreements can often leave the artist in a less than ideal situation ______________________________ Guest post... Continue reading
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Recently a new story from the New York Times revealed that a major fire in one of Universal Studios vaults had caused the company to lose more than 100,000 of its master tapes, and as a large share of the company may be headed for the auction block, questions are... Continue reading
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Although the music business is changing constantly, the music video is - and will likely remain - a staple of music industry marketing. But while a powerful tool though they may be, it's important to plan ahead as to just how to execute their distribution. ________________________________ Guest post by Andy... Continue reading
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While traditionally artists needed to use a distributor such as TuneCore or CD Baby in order to get their music on a major streaming network, more services are allowing artists to post directly on their platforms. Here, we look at one example, the Pandora AMP service. ___________________________ Guest post by... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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While many artists feel that playlist placement on platforms like Spotify have become the be all and end all when ti comes to exposure, terrestrial radio - from college to local indie stations - can still do a huge amount for getting your music in the spotlight. Here we look... Continue reading
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As part of an ambitious fan data-driven emerging artist program, Bandsintown is identifying artists who have seen recent rapid growth and launching campaigns to give them maximum exposure. Here is a look at how the process works, and how you can become a Big Break Artist. ___________________________ Guest post from... Continue reading
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Getting your music to rank on one of the Billboard charts can often be the big break that helps kick an artists career up to the next level, and if you have a single or new album headed for release, there are a few things your fans can do for... Continue reading
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Once a platform focused exclusively on images, Instagram is embracing their expansion into the musical real with a recent update allowing users to easily add lyrics to their stories. _______________________ Guest post by Randi Zimmerman from the Symphonic Blog Instagram was once an app once based solely on imagery. Now,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Connecting with your audience and cultivating a meaningful career as an artist is a dream of most performers, but in order to make this happen, you first need to get paid. Here we look at some key tech platforms that can help you book gigs and keep you career moving... Continue reading
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If you're looking to get a little more out of your Instagram stories, there are a number of creative features available that can help you boost your Instagram presence and capture the attention of fans. Here we look some great hacks for making you IG pop. __________________________ Guest post by... Continue reading
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Even as streaming continues to grow in popularity, it seems those top tear artists who were bringing home a disproportionate amount of revenue have seen their play counts slip - something which can only be good news for struggling mid-tier artists. __________________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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While luck may, by its very nature, seem like something you can't improve or influence, Jake Udell here takes a different perspective, advising artists on how they can broaden the 'surface area' of their luck. _______________________ Guest post by music manager Jake Udell of Art of Manager How do you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Automated Content Recognition, or ACR, has become an integral part of the consumption of music and video as we experience them today. As more platforms publish user generated content, effectively monitoring use of copyrighted material has become increasingly difficult. So, how does one choose an ACR vendor that can be... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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The lame crowd is an inevitability for any performing artists, and while an unreceptive crowd can be more than a little discouraging, there are a few ways to deal this frustrating right of passage that can leave you coming out on top and, ultimately, maybe even win the crowd over... Continue reading
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While many thought that the rise of streaming had brought about an end to music piracy, a new report reveals this is far from the case. In fact, it appears the phenomenon known as stream-ripping has seen a significant spike in the past year. __________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at hypebot
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Instagram and Facebook have recently been taking steps to make it easier both fans and artists to discover and promote music. Most recently in this vein, Instagram announced a new feature the gives users the ability to add lyrics to their Instagram stories. _________________________ Guest post by Kevin Cornell of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at hypebot
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Inundated as they are with pitches, music, and countless musicians trying to capture their attention, the idea of developing a meaningful relationship with music bloggers or journalists may seem like an unrealistic goal, and while it is challenging, there are few practices that can increase your odds of connecting with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at hypebot
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As technology develops to the point where AI is capable of creating original music, questions are being raised as to whether this computer generated music, and the people behind the code that make it possible, should be granted the same legal protections as more traditionally created music. _________________________________ Guest post... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at hypebot
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Pitching songs to bloggers and other gatekeepers is hard enough on its own, and unfortunately its the just the first step. If you really want to make a splash with your latest release, it's important that you go by the following steps. ____________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at hypebot
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In this wake of mental health awareness month, this powerful piece by music journalist Kiana Fitzgerald details her experience in the US music community, and offers us ten valuable lessons she's learned during that time. _______________________________ Guest post by Kiana Fitzgerald of AWAL In honor of mental health awareness month,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at hypebot
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In this piece, Angela Mastrogiacomo delves into the importance of creating community within a fanbase, and how to go about building a space for your fans, creating commonality, and showing them proper appreciation. ____________________________ Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo for TuneCore Back in 2014, there was something worth setting my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at hypebot