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How To Promote Music On Spotify Using ‘Behind The Scenes’ Playlists and Commentary Tracks

CD Baby’s Chris Robley shares a seldom used strategy to promote music on Spotify and other streaming services: the recording and sharing of commentary tracks in a ‘behind the scenes’ playlist.   Guest post by Chris Robley of CD Baby’s DIY Musician Give your fans on Spotify a glimpse behind the curtain with “bonus content” playlists. This year marks […]

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How College Students Discover and Consume Music


College is where we form lifelong listening habits, so the battle for collegiate ears is an important one. Yesterday, Spotify announced a premium bundle with Hulu for students at just $4.99 to drive sign-ups. Allison Ullrich, Manager, College & Lifestyle Marketing at The Orchard shares key insights into the listening habits of this key demographic. Guest Post […]

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3 Pillars Of A Successful Artist Brand


While some artists may be uncomfortable with the notion, an artist is a brand whether they like it or not. Outlined here are the three main pillars which can make or break the success of any given artist’s brand. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 One of the problems with the process of developing an artist […]

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Spotify Decides That Streaming Does Not Equal Reproduction, Distribution


Today’s music industry is the Wild, Wild, West and nowhere is this seen more evidently than with respect to new challenges to old copyright laws. In what is turning into a defining battle with rightsholders, Spotify is now arguing that streaming is not the same as either reproduction or distribution and therefore not subject to […]

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Ahead Of iPhone 8 Announcement, Apple Music Finally Gains Traction With iOS Users


Music Watch and Hypebot will be covering next Tuesday’s iPhone 8 announcement live on Twitter, even though the rumors we’re hearing about Apple Music and iTunes announcements seem fairly minor.  But whatever is revealed next week it clear that Apple’s music streamer is finally gaining traction with its core audience.   By analyst Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch September 12 […]

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5 Bad Habits That Songwriters With Home Studios Need To Quit


If you’re reading this, you’re probably a songwriter, musician or producer with a home studio. But let me guess, you don’t seem to have enough hours in the day to get everything done and, as a result, your songwriting has suffered. Right? Being aware of our bad habits can bring about change and get us […]

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Apple Music Cuts New Warner Music Group Licensing Deal At Lower Rate, Sony Reportedly Next


Apple Music has followed Spotify’s lead in pushing for lower payments to artists and labels. Warner Music Group has become the first major label to agree to the lower rates from Apple, according to reports surfacing late yesterday. Warner Music Group has signed a new licensing deal with Apple Music, Bloomberg first reported yesterday. The agreement, which […]

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Warner Music Acquires Spinnin’ Records For Reported $100 Million


Warner Music Group has acquired independent electronic music label Spinnin’ Records, the music group announced this morning. Headquartered in the Netherlands and founded in 1999, Spinnin’ Records is also home to successful music publishing and management divisions. Warner Music Group has acquired Netherland’s based independent electronic music label Spinnin’ Record and its off shoot music […]

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Stage To Studio: How To Adapt Vocals For Recording


Singing live and singing in the studio can sometimes be two very different animals, and switching from the stage to the recording booth can often require a certain level of adaption on the part of the performer. Here we look at how to make that process happen more smoothly. Guest post by Sabrina Bucknole of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This […]