#TCVideoFridays – March 1st 2013

We’re celebrating the first day of the month with music videos from artists in the TuneCore community…

Daddy Yankee, “Limbo”

Griffin House, “Head for the Hills”

Sherrod White, “One in a Million”

Ash Grunwald, “Longtime”

Ball Park Music, “Surrender”

Michael Logen, “World on Fire”

American Hitmen, “What Isn’t Could’ve Been”

 Shine Bright Baby, “Dare to Dream”

The Icarus Account, “Emily”

Tin Cup Gypsy, “Bury Me”

Do you have a video of a song you distributed through TuneCore? Tag us on Twitter (@TuneCore) and use the hashtag #TCVideoFridays with a link to your video.


Rooster Teeth’s RWBY Trailer Features TuneCore Artist Jeff Williams

Looking forward to RWBY, the new animated series  from Rooster Teeth Productions?

TuneCore Artist Jeff Williams’ track “Mirror Mirror (feat. Casey Williams)” is the music in RWBY’s “White” trailer.


Download “Mirror Mirror” from iTunes, distributed by TuneCore.



New Music Tuesday: Feb. 26, 2013

TuneCore Artists are releasing tons of new music every day. Each week we check out the new TuneCore releases and choose a few at random to feature on the blog.

Is your hit next?

A Place at the Table (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Civil Wars & T Bone Burnett
(R)Evolution: The Remixes
Paul van Dyk
The Psychic World of Walter Reed
Killah Priest
Land of Gathering
The Ceremonies
Griffin House
One in a Million
Sherrod White
Cruise 2 Fame 2
Bueller da Don

Rock Stars Are People Too (Song Placements)

By Ari Herstand

The post below is from TuneCore Artist Ari Herstand. It originally appeared on Ari’s Take.

Jagger at Leeds 1982I desperately wanted to get my song “Last Day”on Grey’s Anatomy because I thought it was just perfect for the show. So I researched who the music supervision company for the show was and discovered they had a blog. I read up on the blog and found that one of the music supervisors in the office wanted some Samoas Girl Scout cookies and couldn’t find any. I quickly went out and bought some and sent her a package of Samoas (Carmel Delights) along with my CD and a handwritten note with my email address included.
+Always Unwrap Your CD

I didn’t follow up, SHE ACTUALLY CONTACTED ME and thanked me for the cookies and said she’d try to place a song. She hasn’t, but I’ve developed a cordial email relationship and she always replies to my emails now.

The thing that surprised me most when really getting in deep with the business and networking, was that the gatekeepers to some of the most exclusive opportunities were actual people, with personalities, opinions, feelings, sweet tooths and bad hair days. This sounds like a given, but knowing this changes the way you approach them.

No one wants to be approached like they’re on a different level and that you’re inferior – well, possibly Kanye, but for all the obvious reasons.

The music industry has got to be the most informal industry on earth. Believe it or not, you will be taken more seriously if you write emails with poor grammar and in all lower case.
+Don’t Be Afraid Of the Phone

Do your research. If the person you want to contact has a blog – FOLLOW IT. Read up on the posts and get to know it well. Follow their Twitter and Facebook page – if it’s a Page. Don’t friend them just yet – too soon.

When you pitch them, if they see that you took the time to get to know them, maybe they’ll return the gesture and listen to your song.

I receive a lot of requests from bands asking me for my opinion on their music and whatnot. They rarely start off by complementing me on my music or bring up something they like or respect about my project. They just want something right off the bat. I try to get back to everyone who contacts me, but I’m much more willing to respond much quicker if they start the email with a specific compliment or point of reference (like a mutual friend).

You can stalk them a little on Facebook without friending them and see who your mutual friends are and in your pitch email you could lead with that or get your mutual friend to make the introduction for you (that’s best).

Either way, you need to open with a reason for them to take time with you.
+I Think You’re An Asshole, So I’m Going To Tell You, Asshole

Note: “Last Day” was in fact featured on One Tree Hill because I tweeted the song to the music supervisor.

[Editor’s Note: For more on getting your music featured in film, TV or ads, check out this interview on the TuneCore blog.]

Ari HerstandAri Herstand is a full-time musician who has performed all across the country at clubs, colleges, festivals, high schools and more. His music has also been featured on television. Ari’s site, aristake.com, is dedicated to helping artists by providing tips and lessons from his personal experiences.


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#TCVideoFridays – February 22nd 2013

It’s that time again! We’re ending the week right with a few music videos from talented TuneCore Artists.

The Glorious Veins, “Savage Beat”

Brad Knauber, “Don’t Mine At Night”

Lancifer, “It’s Chill (feat. Meekakitty)”

Everlife, “Coming Home”


Sunbears!, “They Think They’re Soooo Philosophical”

Amy Heffernan, “Dumb It Down”

The Revivalists, “Criminal”

Jared Evan, “Letters”

Moon Taxi, “Mercury”

Do you have a video of a song you distributed through TuneCore? Tag us on Twitter (@TuneCore) and use the hashtag #TCVideoFridays with a link to your video.

Canadian Group Eleven Past One’s Single Featured on MMTOP20

Canadian group Eleven Past One‘s single “The World Is Ours” is succeeding out of the gate.  The track is featured in MuchMore Top 20’s video countdown and is now played on over 50 Radio Stations across Canada.

Download “The World Is Ours” from iTunes, distributed by TuneCore.