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Mashable occasionally puts up some great content on the music business and today is one of those days. They have penned a great article on online income streams that you should surely check out.

FlowTown Now Integrates With ContantContact

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ContantContact is a great email program for those doing press or even your band's mailing list. It is one of the most customizable and easy to use programs in the mailing business. Their service now fully integrates with the service Flowtown which will extract info from mailing addresses and show you what social networks those people on your mailing list are also on. A great tool to gain more of your fans. Read more here.
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About a month ago we got excited when Phoenix released the stems to their most recent album, Wolfgang Amadeus. They have now done another awesome thing and put up a 9 part series showing the making of this record. A very cool insight into how a wildly successful record was made. Scroll down to see it here.

Soundcloud Introduces A Hot Of New Features

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soundcloud logoredo.jpgSoundcloud has announced a few awesome new changes over on their blog. The first enhancement is a more customizable Dashboard which can now show you the info you are interested in. They also made the way you share your music easier to tweak and specify the privacy of. You can also specify notes on how you would like this track shared and what state it is in. Very cool.Read more here.

How To Avoid Mistakes In Interpreting Surveys

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survey_says_blog.jpgThe music business is ripe with surveys and stats and often times we draw conclusions on how to handle our strategies and marketing from info found in them. With that being said, there is many times we misread these surveys and make poor decisions on how to interpret them, which leads us down the wrong road in promotion. Thankfully, Lifehacker has a great article on avoiding some of these mistakes. 

Using YouTube Insights To Help Your Promotions

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MakeUseOf has up a fantastic article on how to use YouTube Insights to help further your promotions. Knowing how your videos are being shared can help you understand how to better execute future promotions and is some of the most valuable info you can have for promoting your music.
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Former Idolator editor Maura Johnston has a great article up at Vanity Fair that talks about the new trend of musician's releasing companion albums. This trend is being discussed on the heels of Ke$ha announcing her new record will be a companion to her 2010 release Animal. Lady GaGa used a similar strategy when releasing The Fame Monster and was rewarded with the limitless success we have seen her achieve. There is no doubt that this re-branding of EP's will be a big part of future release strategies. To read more on the subject, head to your favorite supermarket-line-read's website.

Google Voice Can Help You Excite Your Fans

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If you don't already have Google Voice you are sleeping on one of the coolest tools around. One of the other cool ways you can use Google Voice is to have your fans leave you messages on a dedicated number. You can make a theme to these messages, whether it is covers, something funny, singing alternate lyrics to your songs, etc and then spread them using links on Facebook or Twitter. Another creative way to excite your fans.

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If you have been looking to build yourself an iPhone App SoundAround has been one of the easiest and coolest tools to do so. It looks like they will now be making their software even easier as it teams up with ReverbNation and will make this whole process all the more easy.
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The Economist earlier this month wrote up a fantastic look at what is working to make money in the music business today. While The Economist is normally thought of to be a bit above the reading level of your average musician, this is a great, easy to read article that can teach you a lot about how to focus your music career.

Nimbit's Founders On Connecting With Fans

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kNerd Is An Online Virtual Band Manager

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We have seen a handful of band management services pop up in recent years and kNerd is another new one on the block. Some of the features of the service include:

  • Update Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.FM, BandsInTown and more.
  • See where your fans are.
  • Your profile is your electronic press kit.
  • Your band's shows are pushed to Shazam and Facebook..
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The blog Indie Launchpad has up a great article on the possibilities that open up to your group when you have more than one Flipcam amongst your band members. Some great advice.

Everyone wants to get more shows and at the least better ones. The really awesome tour booking widget company Live Music Machine just launched their blog and they dish some great advice on what you can be doing to increase your live presence.
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As I was browsing Bandcamp over the weekend I noticed a new feature that can make life a lot easier in Bandcamp land. They have now integrated the Like button on the album and song pages so it is easier than ever for your fans to spread the word about your music. An awesome new feature to make Bandcamp even more powerful.
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Often times big opportunities come up fast for your group. If you are in need of a super fast turnaround on postcards to advertise your next show or perhaps business cards to show off the URL to download your music for free, the company NextDayFlyers can do you a world of good, with a cheap price. 

7 Facebook Apps You Should Know

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facebookbathing.jpgThe awesome blog All Facebook has a great roundup of some of the best Facebook Apps for your band page. A great read to make sure your Facebook presence is up to par.


One way to get the attention of the kids today is to get in touch with what they do all day. Jesse Burton directed this fantastic video for the group We Are The In Crowd and it is pretty impressive.

An Argument For Why You Should Be On Ping

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The great blog Musician Wages make a strong case for why every group should be on Ping and what you could be doing there. If you are one of the many who has dismissed this service this could be a great read to make sure you feel you are making the right decision.
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Today the blog TorrentFreak has an in-depth profile of the Torrent tracker What.cd and some of the stats on the site show why it is so important to make sure your music is on private trackers properly. What.cd is a music only (well, they also do applications and audiobooks, but no movies) and they receive 3,500 hits per second, it shows the power of this platform. Not only do they have tons of people heading to their service, they are tastemakers and influential people who tell others what to buy.

If you believe in the power of torrents to spread your music be sure to upload your music with the correct meta data to the site in both FLAC, Lossless and 320 bit depth MP3s. This ensures that your fans will get the proper versions of your recordings and your music will be presented in the matter in which it was intended, rather than a low quality rip from a stream. Also don't forget trackers like Waffles.fm and Demonoid.
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Some people are pretty ticked off with the new MySpace layouts, where as others see this as a great upgrade that makes updating your profile cleaner and easier. Many designers are shying away from upgrading artists profiles since they do not know what to do with them. Thankfully MySpace's Artist HQ blog has been profiling some good looking profiles and one of the best I have seen is from the group You, Me And Everyone We Know. Check out their profile and learn how to make a great new profile for your group. 
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It is no secret that online radio is one of the best ways to promote your music. With services like Pandora, Last.FM, Jango, Blip.FM and other services not only can you get your music before the ears of listeners who like the type of music you make, but you can also get paid for your plays as you begin to dominate the online radio airwaves.






It all comes down to this. As you come down to entering the studio and then recording your songs you are now tasked with one of the most difficult balancing acts ever known to man (ok... well maybe to musicians). We have written countless articles on how to avoid many of the pitfalls many musicians fall into when they go to capture their material. Read on and make something great for us all to hear.









With everyday, as the gatekeepers die and the major labels lose power it becomes more and more about just having a great song. This being the case you better start brushing up on your skills! We have assembled a lot of advice and tools for you to use to write better songs on the other side of this link.






When trying to break your music out of your circle of friends and out to the whole world, you are inevitably going to have to take on the hat of doing some publicity for your own music. As you begin to take on this large task there is numerous bits of advice that you may have overlooked on how to do this effectively. We have assembled numerous articles on how to take over the world of music and get it out there.






Now that you actually have songs recorded you need to get them out to the world to be heard. With every day that passes more and more amazing tools become available for artists to do this without the help of a label. We keep an up to date guide of everything you could ever want to know about what you should do in order to make the right choice on how to get your music out to the world.






Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, YouTube all become more and more important everyday (well maybe not Myspace, but contrary to much chatter it is still important to know the most up to date ways to make Myspace feed your other pages). We keep musicians up to date with the most current ways to use all of these social networks to promote your music. If you are not reading our guides to social networks you are missing out on the crucial knowledge of how to promote your music with the most up to date techniques.






What separates the winners and losers is how well you handle playing live and then getting your show on the road. Playing live and touring may seem easy but there are countless pitfalls that one can encounted over time. We show you all the new tricks of the trade as well as wise advice that has been passed down over the years.






Managing a group of people and keeping everyone on the same page and motivated is one of the biggest make or break factors of any sucessful group. There are many emerging tools that can make this easier and we sort through them, all the while dispensing valuable advice on how to deal with your members with minimal chaos.






Getting covered by blogs is fast becoming one of the things that everyone wants to figure out. Sadly, there is not a lot of information out there on how to do just this. We have quite a few articles with the techniques we use to get the bands we work with on to some of the top blogs out there.