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SALE ENDS SOON: Release a Pro album and get 2 free Standard singles

Through July 31st, when you pay for album distribution & worldwide publishing administration, you’ll also get FREE standard distribution for 2 singles! Now through the end of July, when you sign up your album for CD Baby Pro Publishing, you’ll also get two free Standard singles.  Never released music under your current artist name? Release …

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Music Video Premieres: YouTube vs. Facebook

Which social platform is better for premiering new music videos? You may have noticed that whenever you schedule a video release on YouTube or Facebook, you have the option of making it a premiere. In the spirit of “why not?” I tested the feature out on both platforms to determine the premiére premiere-er. The winner, …

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CD Baby offers much more than music distribution

Distribution is about MUCH MORE than pushing files. With the sudden closure of Spotify’s direct upload tool, there’s been a lot of talk in the industry about music distribution: What it is, why it’s hard, and how to get it right. I wrote an article recently for Berklee called “The 5 Most Important Things to …

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How to legally clear the samples you use in your music

Can I sample copyrighted music without permission if it’s less than 6 seconds of audio? Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. Just sayin’… Let’s be honest: Sample clearance is often difficult and expensive for independent musicians. If you’re lucky enough to reach the label and publisher, and even luckier to have them grant you permission …

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Lots of changes with YouTube content management and Content ID

Your audio content on YouTube, now monetized in more and fewer places. (Huh?) It’s been a busy season of big changes at YouTube. If you’re curious what’s different about content claims and global monetization, read on. Go even FURTHER with your music on YouTube… YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are available now in 50 countries. That …

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Spotify is closing its direct upload program. What should you do?

CD Baby will make it easy for you to switch distributors without any downtime for your catalog, and without losing any of your Spotify play counts! After almost a year beta-testing a direct upload tool for select artists, Spotify has decided to end the program. All content delivered through that direct submission portal will be …

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What is INDIE anyway?

Defining indie as a genre. When I first started working at CD Baby in 2005, we prided ourselves on having more than 600 genres of music from all over the world in our online store. We had Polka, Progressive House, Batucada, Soft Rock, Chiptune, Torch Songs, Terror, … EVERYTHING. Everything, that is, except INDIE. No …

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How to get your lyrics on Instagram Stories: The REAL info (that’s actually helpful)

Make instant lyrical moments in Instagram Stories. You can now create quick Instagram Stories that feature your lyrics. The words to the songs are auto-populated, so you don’t have to type out the lyrics. Pretty sweet, huh? Here’s an example of a lyric story I created for my music this morning: Yes, this is a …

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Is your music available on Spotify Stations?

Spotify launches a free listening app to compete with customizable, non-interactive streaming services like Pandora… … and your music should already be there! That is, it should be there as long as you’ve got your music on Spotify. If not, ummm, we can help. 😉 GET YOUR MUSIC ON SPOTIFY How Spotify Stations works It’s …

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How to make an effective iHeartRadio audio ad for your music

Guidelines and examples for musicians creating an iHeartRadio audio ad. Show.co’s simple Ad Builder tool helps you reach new audiences on major streaming platforms like iHeartRadio and Spotify, as well as premiere music websites like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, MTV, etc. Because you can target listeners based on geography, genre, and radio station, iHeartRadio is a …

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