Monthly Archives January 2017

How Independent hip hop artist Tyke T made it to #3 on the Billboard Charts after reading the DIY Musician Blog

“I’m going to get this album on the Billboard charts.” Those were the words that Tyke T, my business partner and artist (I’m his manager), blurted out when discussing the release of his then-not-quite-finished and unnamed album during the summer of 2016. I vaguely paid attention, thinking maybe the notorious Memphis heat had finally gone …

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The Musicians Guide To SoundCloud: Part 2

We’re back with part two of our “Musicians Guide to SoundCloud!” Today we’ll be tackling the issue of what you need to look for when submitting to playlists or accounts to be reposted on. If you have not read Part 1 (it’s good!) take a peep. While there are countless...Read More

Which Apple Music Playlists Get You The Most New Fans?

Curated playlists are how many fans listen to and discover music; and a great way for independent artists to market their music. But which Apple Music playlists deliver the most new fans? _________________________ Want to know which Apple Music playlists help gain the most fans for new music? Follower counts...Read More

This Week in Music Supervision and Sync 1.31.17

A complete run through of the latest and greatest in sync licensing and music supervision over the past fortnight, courtesy of Synchblog. Film and TV Josh Groban records new Beauty and the Beast song 'Evermore' (Entertainment Weekly) The pop singer has recorded a version of the new Beauty and the...Read More

Projecting Trends: The On-Demand Economy In Music

How has the rapid onset of an on-demand music economy affected the music industry? Here Bas Grasmayer digs into how several innovative new startups in the music industry are working to capitalize on this latest trend in consumer behavior. _________________________ Guest Post by Bas Grasmayer on Synchblog One of the...Read More

Same old song, brand new context: 12 playlist ideas that can breathe new life into your back-catalog

Your songs don’t expire. Every Monday I look forward to listening to Discover Weekly, a personalized playlist updated each week by Spotify with songs they think I’ll love based on my listening habits. They’re getting good at it. Almost every week this happens: I fall in love with a song I’ve never heard before that …

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The basics of band branding

Five ways to build your brand as a musician Branding — it’s the mark you leave on someone’s imagination when they think about you, your music, your image, your story. In the “Authentic Artist Branding Bootcamp” I talked about the advantages artists have when they know their brand and how to communicate it. I just …

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HMV Canada Is Bankrupt, Closing All 102 Stores

January 27th is being called "the day the music died" by many Canadians. That's the day that an Ontario judge approved bankruptcy for Canada's largest music retailer HMV. __________________________ On Friday January 27th, an Ontario Canada Superior Court of Judge approved placing HMV Canada into receivership. The application was filed...Read More

Facebook Hires YouTube and Google Play’s Tamara Hrivnak To Head New Global Music Strategy

Facebook has been without a real music strategy, much to the dismay of both the industry and unpaid musicians. That may finally be about to change with the hiring of a top music exec from YouTube and Google Play. Facebook has hired YouTube and Google Play's Director Of Music Partnerships'...Read More

Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: More Money, More Problems • Stay Safe/Sober • Selling Your Music Online • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, we took a look at how more money leads to more problems, how you can stay safe and sober at your next show, a complete guide to selling your music online, and more. Robert Lanterman | More Money, More Problems! Rachelle Wilber | How To Stay...Read More