October TuneCore Artist Spotlight – Milestones & iTunes Chart Leaders

It feels like we hear about a TuneCore Artist breaking a record or making it to the top of the iTunes charts almost every day.  And we’re certainly not complaining!  October may not be over yet but we don’t want to wait to congratulate all of the TuneCore Artists who achieved milestones this month.  So get ready for some serious name dropping…

Singer/Songwriter Ben Rector reached a career milestone with 2 million digital downloads! His latest album, The Walking in Between, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Albums chart, #4 on the iTunes Top Albums chart (all genres) and #16 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.

Here are a few more TuneCore Artists who made the iTunes Top 200 Album Chart:

Features secured through our Publishing team

Artists distributing through TuneCore who also use TuneCore Music Publishing Administration have the opportunity to get their music featured in film, TV, video games and other commercial uses. Recent TuneCore administered compositions include: Merrild Coffee commercial – Evenings, “Babe;” ESPN promotion spots – Ray Johnston Band, “Game Day;” FOX Sports MLB promotion spots – Aaron Chewning, “Beasts from the East 2.0;” FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance – Drehz, “Heart Cry;” ABC Family’s The Vineyard – Ryan Cabrera, “I See Love,” Lelia Broussard, “Satellite” and “You’re Not Fooling Anyone.”

In award news…

The YouTube Music Award Nominations were announced and TuneCore Artists scored nominations in several categories. Video of the Year: Epic Rap Battles of History – “Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney;” Artist of the Year: Epic Rap Battles of History; Response of the Year: Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) – “Mirrors;” Jayesslee – “Gangnam Style,”Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix – “Radioactive;” Innovation of the Year: Anamanaguchi – “Endless Fantasy.”

TuneCore Artist showdown on The Voice:

Once again, several TuneCore Artists are battling it out for the coveted title of The Voice. Team Adam: Tessanne Chin, Team Blake: Austin Jenckes and Team Christina: Olivia Henken and Will Champlin. Follow updates on @TuneCore as the battles continue.

The 2013 CMJ Music Marathon was a true TuneCore Artist showcase as over 1/3 of the performing artists distribute through TuneCore. Performers included Gems, Stag, Courtney Barnett, Wet, Jacco Gardner and Spires all of whom were highlighted in the New York Times CMJ recap.

Huge congrats to the entire TuneCore community–the spirit of independence is stronger than ever.