Monthly Archives January 2020

10 ways to grow your audience on TikTok

How to get people to use your music on TikTok. Many artists are wondering how to grow their audience on TikTok. Over the past year the video platform has become a huge driver for music discovery and is now viewed as an onramp to larger success in the industry. If you use CD Baby for …

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How to add your music to TikTok videos

Want to create a video in TikTok using your song’s hook? It’s pretty simple. Here’s how: Get your music on TikTok — CD Baby delivers songs to TikTok (as well as Spotify, Instagram, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and 150+ other platforrms) as part of our standard digital distribution service. Open TikTok and click the + …

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TikTok promotion for musicians

How to promote your music on TikTok, the popular short-form video platform. Many artists today are wondering how to promote their music and grow their audience on TikTok. Of course they are: TikTok is one of the fastest growing social apps and MUSIC is what drives the platform.  Over half a billion active users around the …

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How to get your music on TikTok

CD Baby is distributing music to TikTok. We’re now helping independent musicians get their music on TikTok, the popular video platform. Here’s how to get your music onto TikTok as a CD Baby client: For new releases: Opt in for music distribution to streaming platforms.  For older titles: If we’ve already distributed your music to …

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Five lessons songwriters and musicians can learn from Neil Peart

What can songwriters and musicians learn from Neil Peart? On January 10th, news broke that Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart had passed away three days earlier after a three-and-a-half year battle with brain cancer. Rush had announced they would stop touring in 2015, and in early 2018 they officially disbanded. They were the rare …

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What are the mental benefits of playing an instrument?

Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock & Roll” is an undeniable classic. It’s a high-energy, feel-good song that’s hard not to like. You can’t help but hear Seger’s raspy voice when you read those enduring lyrics, “Still like that old time rock n’ roll / That kind of music just soothes the soul.” And music truly …

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How to apply to music festivals in the U.K.

This post was originally published at the Unsigned Guide. How do I get on the bill at a U.K. music festival?   If you fancy playing on a festival line-up or several next summer, then you’re in luck! There are hundreds of UK festivals with slots up for grabs for unsigned and emerging bands and …

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Releasing a single song: The 10 best strategies for 2020

How to plan your next single release: promotion and distribution tips for a standalone track. It all starts with a song. You write a song, or you find a song; the song moves you and you want it to move the world. So you record and distribute that song as a single to platforms like …

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How to make cover art for your album or single — for free

A free way to create eye-catching cover art for all your releases. One of the most common places artists get stuck when signing up music for distribution is the cover art. I get it. Most of us are musicians first and designers second, third, tenth, or dead last. Hiring a good designer can be expensive, …

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What is a single?

How platforms like Spotify and Apple Music define a “single.”   A brief history of the single As the oldest format for distributing recorded music, the single is something of music industry royalty. To review what we discussed in our look at the EP, the single was the only format for the first 50 years …

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