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Twitter search has always been a powerful way to find out who is talking about your music. The one problem can be if what you are searching is coming up with a bunch of things you are not looking for. Twitter's Advanced Search now cure's that problem and the above video shows how easy it is to use this great, new feature.
youtubelogo.jpgOn YouTube's Blog they have made an announcement that is sure to make many users very happy. Those users with a good history will now be able to go above the 15 minute limit on video posts. This opens up a world of being able to post, docs, concert footage and other cool things in a easy to view format. Awesome!
rdioembed.pngEarlier this week, I wrote about how Rdio has transformed my music listening habits. It seems they will now also be transforming Twitter's music listening habits, since their previews can now be previewed right inside Twitter's website (as pictured above). This makes it all the more important to get your music on this powerful service.
This month's Alternative Press featured the quote on the right and it got me into a discussion with some friends. Are release dates really helping our records do well or would doing away with them help our artists do better?

When records leak we are unprepared often times and behind the curve in giving our fans a way to buy the record and losing potential sales with every illegal download link. What keeps coming up is instead of building up all of this hype for when you will actually allow your fans to buy your music and support you. Should you instead be releasing your music as soon as you possibly can in order to make sure it is available to buy right when fans start hearing it? It will be interesting to see artists start to experiment with this model, since with every month that goes by it seems leaks are more and more accepted.

Yesterday, was a big day for Musformation's management roster. As always the Internet had some ridiculous and negative things to say, and the way we countered it was to own. We made sure to ReTweet all the blasphemous and stupid tweets so that our fans would come to the defense of us and show we are nothing but proud of our decision.
2gu00sh.jpgFlowtown's blog has up a great list of the best and most effective viral campaigns of the year. If you are looking to mount a viral campaign in the coming year, this would be a great article to glance over.
riserecords.gifWe are proud to congratulate two of the bands on Musformation's management roster, Transit and Man Overboard, for taking a huge step and signing to one of the largest and best indie labels in the business, Rise Records. The two groups have been the embodiment of what Musformation preaches. By taking an unrivaled work ethic, progressive DIY strategy and great music, they have built quite the following for themselves and I could not be more excited for this next big step for some of my favorite people in the world. At Musformation, we see this as another pat on the back and proof that what we write about works and are could not be more happy that these groups will be opening another great chapter in their careers.

These days, we read many studies about the changing ways people consume music, but rarely do we see the evolution this technology has on an individual listener. After seeing a dramatic shift in my music listening habits, I decided to write up my own personal evolution, in order for us all to understand the effects of music streaming on listeners and how dramatically it can change us.

As a listener, I was never a fan of streaming music services. Pandora was useless to me since I want to listen to what I want, when I want. Last.FM, eMusic or Rhapsody just never did it for me for various reasons, mostly having to do with their poor user experience. A few months ago, I tried out Rdio and was all of a sudden hooked. Once I realized how much I liked the service, I thought it may be interesting to measure the potential effect it may have on my music listening habits by keeping a diary of them.

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Perhaps you have heard MySpace has slowly been breaking everyone's profiles who haven't upgraded to their new look? To add to the good news, when they do upgrade you to the new profile, you will have lost the ability to put up an away message on your MySpace and will have to start checking your stupid MySpace messages again. Unfortunately, great opportunities may get in contact with you via MySpace and if you do not check them, you may miss out!
2184279810_071d6554bc.jpgThe land down under has been receiving a global thumbs up due to their recent explosion onto the music scene.  However Australia has made no mild intro onto the market.  Australia is literally setting the benchmark on how the music business "should be."


Eulogy Signs Through the Fire

Oceana have left Rise Records.

Against Me! have left Sire/Warner

tumblr_lcte8lKCg81qzxlbn.jpgThe blog PropertyOfZack just did an interview with Musformation's own editor Jesse Cannon. If you thought he was honest and opinionated here, you'll really love it as he lets loose on the future of the music business, leaks, Bandcamp and many more ideas regarding what goes into managing a band today. 

TopSpin's blog has an excellent article on a simple way you can sell more merch to your online customers. Probabalistic Promotions are a way of giving away a few big prizes free to your fans and increasing your sales by fans taking a risk on winning that prize. Check out a quick read that can really help your sales here.

When you are in a band, fans tend to like to friend you. One way you can turn this into an asset, instead of an annoyance is to export your Facebook friend's email addresses and add them to your mailing list and other social networks. The above video from Lifehacker shows exactly how it's done.

One oif the biggest dilemmas in a group can be how to split the money. When it is tough to keep the money together to stay on the road it is often unfair for the main songwriter to not divide the money up equally since others may need it to tour. At the same time other group members get paid for what another does. This can be one of those issues that drives a huge wedge in a band. TuneCorner has some insight on splitting money amongst band members that can help you consider how to handle this situation.

One of the things anyone reading this site is trying to figure out, is how to grow their fanbase. Thankfully, TopSpin often points to great case studies with thorough knowledge on how to do just that. In this post Jason Kadlec shows how he increased Mellisa Auf de Maur's fanbase in a huge way by doing simple techniques in her web presence that help capture fans. A must read, for anyone looking to grow their fanbase.

One of the things anyone reading this site is trying to figure out, is how to grow their fanbase. Thankfully, TopSpin often points to great case studies with thorough knowledge on how to do just that. In this post Jason Kadlec shows how he increased Mellisa Auf de Maur's fanbase in a huge way by doing simple techniques in her web presence that help capture fans. A must read, for anyone looking to grow their fanbase.
Tight Mix Blog has up a great article that has excerpted some idea from Reddit that talk about some innovative and interesting concert promotion ideas. the article contains many ideas that will have you wondering why you didn't think of them before and is a must read

Using Tadcast To Help Promote Your Music

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Getting fans to see all that you have going on in the limited real estate of a MySpace page or a website can be a difficult task. One way to accomplish showing off all of your different merch designs is to use an animated Gif to show off the many designs a fan may want. The group Emarosa does a great job of this in their current MySpace layout and you too can take advantage of this easy-to-do task.

Everyone wants their video to go viral these days. Thankfully, Mashable has some great, real world tips on how you can actually make this a reality. Check out a cool article here.

How To Check If An Email Address Is Fake

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Often times groups will email me and ask my opinion on if an email they have received from a music industry figure is fake or not. This can be a hard situation to assess and a sensitive one. Thankfully, Lifehacker has come to your rescure and has written a great article that shows how you can suss out if these emails are fake or not.

How To Get Covered On Brooklyn Music Blogs

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Everyone knows that Brooklyn is where nearly every huge music blog is based out of (as well as ours). This means you need to learn your way around these parts and the blog Brokelyn has written a great primer on how to get covered on Brooklyn blogs. Check it out here.
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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.