Monthly Archives October 2019

5 mindset tips to ace your next vocal performance

Having the right mindset when you perform is just as important as vocal technique! The truth is as a voice teacher, a huge part of my job is helping singers find the right headspace for their next performance. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re playing sold-out shows or you’re just starting out, you can improve …

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Insights and takeaways from today’s music biopics

What can we learn from movies about famous musicians? It’s no secret that music biopics are on the rise. Nostalgia, the potential for renewed fame, and box office earnings have all contributed to their popularity in recent years. Though these big-budget films offer much in the way of glamour and fantasy, their growing presence has …

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How this artist grew to 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify without playlists

This is an excerpt from Ari Herstand’s book How to Make It in the New Music Business (second edition). Three years ago the northern Virginia conscious hip hop artist Lucidious was struggling to get listeners to his music. He had about 150 monthly listeners on Spotify (no I didn’t forget a zero) with merely 45 …

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Distribute Your Music in Time for the Holiday Season: End-of-Year Digital Delivery Deadlines

By the end of the year, Alexa and Siri will join many more households. Vinyl records and CDs will be wrapped under the tree. Apple and Amazon gift cards will be stuffed in stockings. And tons of people, inspired by their new devices, will subscribe to services like Spotify and Apple Music for the first …

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Livestream on Twitch to grow your fanbase

How musicians can use Twitch to build an audience. In all my years advising digital music companies on what they should do with their services and how to grow them (let’s just say I’ve seen every idea come and go at least twice), I’ve never seen anything as effective as livestreaming when it comes to …

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What is music mastering and why do I need it?

What is music mastering? Music mastering is the final step in the recording process. During mastering, additional audio treatments are applied to your mix to correct problem frequencies and enhance the musicality of your track.  Since magnetic tape replaced straight-to-lathe cutting in the late 1940s, audio mastering has become its own artform. But many in …

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29 ways to market your music right now

Right now CD Baby’s Standard Album Distribution is just $29. To celebrate, we came up with this list of… … quick ways to promote your new music today. Make a lyric video. Create a playlist of artists who influenced the new album or single. Pin the release as your Artist’s Pick on Spotify. Do a …

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Just in CASE: the bill every musician needs to know about

What the CASE Act means for you This summer, a major artist sampled one of our artist’s songs, even after the artist rejected the original sample request. The major artist sampled the song anyway and over 100,000 physical copies of the record containing the sample were sold. Our artist wanted to file a lawsuit, but …

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Artists may qualify for Napster/Rhapsody class-action suit

In March 2016, musician David Lowery filed a class-action lawsuit against music streaming company Rhapsody International Inc., now known as Napster after their purchase of the older music service. The suit alleged Napster/Rhapsody had unlawfully reproduced and distributed certain copyrighted compositions by Lowery’s bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker via its streaming music service. Almost …

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The Pros & Cons of Playing Cover Gigs

This guest post was written by DC singer-songwriter Dan Fisk. A Bit of Backstory About Cover Gigs About a year ago, I decided to stop working my regular 9 to 5 job and dedicate myself to music much more seriously than I had in the past. But I still had bills to pay! So now …

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