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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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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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Seven reasons to release a single

The streaming era is driven by singles, which means you should be releasing standalone tracks. But let me clarify something upfront: Albums are still important. The album format gives you a better chance to shape a story around your music, define your sound, get press coverage, and sell merch. Plus, many streaming platforms still prioritize …

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Music Trends 2020: Where is the industry headed?

Everyone has shared their 2019 Spotify Wrapped, we rang in the new year, and now we’re at the start of a whole new decade. Artists are scratching their heads wondering how the music industry, music production, and songwriting will change in the next year. As trends ebb and flow, catching the next wave in 2020 …

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Music industry milestones in the 2010s

A look back at the decade that was. The music industry is no stranger to change in the past five decades. While the vinyl record dominated recorded music in the first 90 years of its existence, the cassette tape finally posed a threat in the 1970s, 10 years after its invention. But at the start …

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Cover art design tips to ensure your music goes live

Why making acceptable cover art is so important. In the streaming era, you need cover art for every single and album you release. Not only should that artwork LOOK good; it also has to meet the visual guidelines of the big streaming platforms if you want your music to stay available online. Does cover art …

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The DIY Musician Podcast’s TOP 5 episodes of 2019

Catch up on the year’s best podcast episodes for independent musicians. Twelve years and hundreds of episodes later, Kevin Breuner and I still find the occasional hour to talk through the latest trends in music distribution, promotion, and monetization. You’ll usually hear us get real about the ongoing wins and losses in our own musical …

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CD Baby celebrates artists at the Latin Grammys

CD Baby artists make a huge showing at the Latin Grammys. Last year, CD Baby celebrated 20 years of helping independent musicians achieve their dreams. This November, another venerable institution hit the two-decade mark: the Latin Grammys held its 20th ceremony recognizing excellence in the fields of Spanish and Portuguese-language music. From the very start, …

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