New Music Tuesday: April 30, 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?

Le Boeuf Brothers
Zack Hemsey
Hip Hop/Rap
OvertheOceanBe Given to the Soil
Over the Ocean
WaxFangThe Blonde Leading the Blonde
Wax Fang
KimDealLikkle More
Kim Deal
MarkKozelekPerils from the Sea
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle
JessicaCampbellThe Anchor & the Sail
Jessica Campbell
SaraMelsonA Million White Stars
Sara Melson
TheKickbackPlease Hurt Single
The Kickback
TaylorCarsonWith Innocence
Taylor Carson

iTunes Turns 10! We’re Bringing Back Ringtone Credits to Celebrate.

iTunes hit the big 1-0 yesterday, and we want to celebrate.  TuneCore distributed its first album to iTunes back in 2006 (oh, how young we were!), One More Road for the Hit by Frank Black and The Catholics.   Since then, we’ve distributed over 2.6 million releases to iTunes.

Though iTunes started by selling singles and albums, they later added ringtones to the mix…

Get Your Ringtones on the iPhone through TuneCore

In celebration of iTunes’ 10th birthday,  we’re bringing back our ringtone credit multi-packs with special discount pricing for a limited time.  Ringtones are a great way to get your music heard by more listeners and grow your fan base.

Check out the special pricing:

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Ringtones released through TuneCore are available on the iTunes store on the iPhone.  They recently added 92 new territories for selling ringtones so now your fans around the world will be able to listen to your music when their friends call.

Stock up on discounted credits now that you can use whenever you’re ready to distribute your ringtones.  We’re offering credit packs of 5, 10, and 20, all at a special price.

Start Saving Now!

In other iTunes news…

iTunes Daily Trend Reports

Did you hear about our new, enhanced iTunes daily trend reports? Now you can see how your music’s selling, just 24-48 hours after your release went live in iTunes.  The web-based reports are updated daily, so you can keep a close eye on how your marketing efforts and tours affect your sales. PLUS these new reports now include ringtone trend data, just another reason why you should take advantage of our ringtone credit discount going on now.

Learn more about iTunes Daily Trend Reports

Get Featured in iTunes

Another thing we love about iTunes is the opportunity for TuneCore Artists to get featured in the store. ALL artists are eligible, and over the years we’ve figured out what gives releases a better shot at being selected.  We put together our top 7 tips to get your music featured on iTunes.

Here’s one: Setting your album at a low price can increase your chances of getting featured in the store.

Want more tips? Ready to submit for your own feature? Click here.

Let the World Hear Your Music

If you haven’t distributed your music to iTunes yet, now’s a good time—they’ve added new countries, bringing the total to 140. If you distributed to iTunes before these new territories were available, click here to upgrade to iTunes Worldwide.

With all of the iTunes features and opportunities for TuneCore Artists, we can’t wait to see what happens in the next 10 years.

So happy 10th anniversary, iTunes!  Thanks for all the music.

#TCVideoFridays – April 26th 2013

Time for your weekly #TCVideoFridays roundup!

Tim Hicks, “Get By”

SoMo, “Ride”

Carelle, “Just One Soldier”

Gooding, “Mountain”

Penelope Austin, “Smoke Into Flames”

Courtney Jaye, “Say Oh Say”

Laura Sheeran, “Forever Love”

Trophy Scars, “Messenger”

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, “Laura”

Wax Fang, “Dawn of the Dead of the Night of the Hunter”

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.

Why Songwriters Collect More Money with TuneCore

Attention TuneCore Songwriters & Publishers!

We’d like to take the opportunity to highlight the differences between TuneCore Music Publishing Administration and a new service called CD Baby Pro.  Here’s a chart to break it down for you:

(Click here for a larger view of the chart below)

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The TuneCore Music Publishing Administration team manages, licenses, and registers your copyrights in our Burbank, California office. There’s no third party company involved—it’s just us, working for you.  All songwriters are eligible to use the service, and we’ll administer all of your compositions, no matter where they were released (through another distributor or a major label, for example).

Our low, one-time setup fee covers registration of unlimited compositions.  Old or new, all of your compositions are included in the initial setup fee no matter when you submit them to us.

Our in-house Creative Department pitches your compositions to Film, TV & Video Music Supervisors to get your music even more exposure and generate additional songwriter and publisher royalties.

We’ve got your compositions covered—as long as you retain the rights we’ll represent them for you.

With TuneCore Music Publishing Administration, your works are being managed properly and you‘re getting top value and services for your compositions.

Start today!

Don’t Tell People You Are Broke

By Ari Herstand

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

Musicians who know musicians know that most of them are always broke. Like Ramen broke. PB&J broke. Rice and beans BROKE.

You know who doesn’t know that musicians are broke? Non-musicians. And let’s keep it that way.
+Who Is Ari?

Music lovers (your fans) don’t want to hear how you are a ‘struggling/starving musician.’ It’s not romantic. The “starving artist” thing is romantic to reflect back on (once you’re successful) and you can talk all about it in interviews with Rolling Stone in 5 years. But don’t talk about it now.

Building a grass roots fan base is about showcasing that you’re on the up and up. No one wants to be a fan of a failing, starving, broke-ass band. They want to support bands who have their shit together and are about to take over the world. They can then say “I knew them when…”
+How I Got 250 To My Debut CD Release
+Be A Supportive Member of Your Music Community

There is a difference between talking about how broke you are and being humble and (for the most part) transparent. I see bands post all the time on Twitter and Facebook about how broke they are and can’t afford to eat so “buy my music.” Big no no. Guilting them into buying your music never works. You’ll be sure to get an “unfollow” rather than a sale.
+It Doesn’t Take a Web Genius

You can however post about how you’re looking for a crashing pad. Just because you need a place to stay doesn’t mean you’re broke. It could mean that you’d rather spend that $100 on gas, inventory, blow, whatever. Or that you just want the comfort of a friend/fan’s hospitality. Amanda Palmer STILL crashes with fans all over the world and she raised over a million bucks on Kickstarter!
+Booking Your Own Tour: A How To Guide

Your fans are living vicariously through you. All of your successes are their successes. Concurrently, if you keep talking about all your failures, they’re not going to be so excited to be your fans as they already have enough failures going on in their own lives to deal with and don’t need any of yours.

Also, I made the mistake when I first moved to LA by telling everyone I met how tough it was to make ends meet in LA (versus Minneapolis). I thought people would empathize and we would share in our ‘collective misery.’ The thing I soon realized was that most people thrive on positivity and enthusiasm out here (not misery – go figure). I lost a few early connections because I revealed too much struggle and not enough inspiring drive.

Sure, misery loves company. But you know what also loves company? Awesome. Be awesome and you’ll attract awesome people.

STAY POSITIVE and keep the uplifting, exciting success stories (as seemingly small as they are to you) coming. That keeps people inspired. Talking about how you lost a gig, can’t pay for gas or food and are thinking of quitting music because it’s ‘too expensive’ is just a bummer. Don’t bum people out with your negative tweets, posts or in person conversations. Leave that for your music.

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,, is dedicated to helping artists by providing tips and lessons from his personal experiences.

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New Music Tuesday: April 23, 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?

Forty Five
The Hush Sound
One Shot
Alexander Cardinale
If Not, Why Not!
Eyes Up – EP
Lori McKenna
Force of Wonder
Travis Jarreau
Fort Frances
Gift Shop
Ink Goes On
Sons of the Damned
Sons of the Damned
Moonshine and Maybes
The Rankin Twins