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  • Starting From Scratch: Tips for the Brand Spankin’ New Musician

    Jan 11

    This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for quite a long time. Having talked to many of our readers online, I realize you all are coming from different places in your careers. Some folks have been playing for years, some have been touring for years, and some of you are closet musicians. Well, I still get this question in my inbox all the time: “Where Do I Start?” People are continually asking for tips on how to get “this music thing” off the ground.  And since this is a marketing blog, we’re...

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  • Flow Chart: Should You Quit Your Band?

    Jan 7

    Need help deciding if your band is still worth your precious time? Here's a flow chart courtesy of Guitar Squid for you to follow and see if perhaps it's time for you to move on…

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  • The DIY Daily Podcast #38 - January 10, 2012

    Jan 10

    Today's Topic?  "Learn To Let Things Go & Move On!"

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  • Kyle Bylin Exits Billboard, Joins BigChampagne + Live Nation Team

    Jan 9

    Just weeks after Live Nation acquired influential media measurement firm BigChampagne, the live concert promoter has announced another major talent grab: Kyle Bylin. Hypebot readers know Bylin from this blog, where he served as Editor and a leading music industry and technology analyst that elevated this publication from a news site to a place of in-depth analysis and editorial. He went on to became the Social/Streaming Chart Manager and regular columnist at Billboard Magazine, and has now...

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  • Can Rodney Jerkins' Artists & Brands Break Artists Via Music In Commercials?

    Jan 10

    Rodney Jerkins and Artists & Brands recently got a nice writeup in the LA Times about their belief that they can help break artists by connecting them with brands for commercial work. The hope is that a song written for a commercial might take on a life of its own and help one of their up-and-coming artists build on that success. However, when one looks at their activities on the web, it seems like Artists & Brands' focus is on the brands much more than the...

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  • Artistic Efficiency: How to Create More and Get Out of Your Own Way

    Jan 10

    Within 8 years, songwriter Michael Shoup went from trying to fund his music career by working freelance in website design to self-funding his record and starting a music marketing company. On Music Think Tank, he shares 5 simple rules to follow to accomplish your goals and do more of what you love. “About every six months, I use this system to revitalize and redefine my goals and work-flow as an artist, as a business, and as a human being.” (Read On)

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  • Digital Distributor TuneCore Launches In Canada

    Jan 10

    Flat fee digital music subscription service Tunecore has launched in Canada. Distribution via the new site www.tunecore.ca is available exclusively to Canadian artists and priced at an annual flat fee of CDN$9.99 per single. For albums, artists can pay CDN$49.99 annually or CDN$4.99 a month. The site features no currency conversion on domestic sales. Hundreds of Canadian artists already use TuneCore, either via the U.S. site or the new Canadian site. The include elanie Doane, Drake (who...

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  • This Week Week's iTunes Top Songs, Albums & Apps

    Jan 10

    Weekly iTunes/App Store Charts For Week Ending 1/9/2012 Top 10 Songs 1. "I Won't Give Up," Jason Mraz 2. "Set Fire to the Rain," ADELE 3. "Sexy and I Know It," LMFAO 4. "We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)," Rihanna 5. "Good Feeling," Flo Rida MORE: 6. "Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars)," Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg 7. "Ni**as in Paris," Kanye West, JAY Z 8. "It Will Rain," Bruno Mars 9. "The One That Got Away," Katy Perry 10. "Party Rock Anthem (feat....

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  • Digital Distributor TuneCore Launches In Canada

    Jan 10

    Flat fee digital music subscription service Tunecore has launched in Canada. Distribution via the new site www.tunecore.ca is available exclusively to Canadian artists and priced at an annual flat fee of CDN$9.99 per single. For albums, artists can pay CDN$49.99 annually or CDN$4.99 a month. The site features no currency conversion on domestic sales. Hundreds of Canadian artists already use TuneCore, either via the U.S. site or the new Canadian site. The include elanie Doane, Drake (who...

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  • Dashboard Walkthrough

    Jan 10

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