New Music Tuesday: Sept. 30, 2014

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? 


Moonshine bandit
Rebels on the Run
Moonshine Bandits


Eilot lipp
The Western (Feat. Cherub)
Eliot Lipp


justin jarvis
Justin Jarvis


Welcome yourself
Welcome Yourself
Amy Grant


David bazan
Volume 1
David Bazan & Passenger String Quartet




Sitting Dove
Blossom (2014)
Sitting Dove


Jesus High 2


Yung West
Yung We$t


seth island
Stomping Ground
Seth’s Island


Black Blood Stains EP


Wicked Game
Lauren Winans

#TCVideoFridays: September 26th, 2014

Enjoy your friday afternoon with this week’s round-up of #TCVideoFriday!


Wrongchilde, “Hopeless Beach”


Dee Hilligoss, “Too Soon”


Stanley June, “City of Angels”


Boiling Point, “When You’ve Lost It All”


Trillium Vein, “Blue Jay”


Moonshine Bandits, “We All Country (Feat. Colt Ford, Sarah Ross, Demun Jones)”


Disciple, “Radical”


Bobby Brackins, “Big Body (Feat. Clyde Carson, TY$)


Brinley Addington, “Hang On A Farm”


Leeland, “Refresh Me”


Hip-Hop Keeps Its Independent Spirit: From Mixtapes to Worldwide Digital Sound

From the very beginning, hip-hop has been one of the most independent of all genres. From the start, it was more than just music – it was a movement. It became a new way to express thoughts, experiences and emotions and evolved into an entirely unique culture that encompasses fashion, art, dance and politics.

Hip-hop is also unique in that its growth has been mostly organic. Unlike other types of music, it wasn’t immediately commercialized. Instead, it was shared among like-minded individuals and passed along via mix tape.

Hip-Hop is TuneCore’s #1 Genre – Most artist revenue and highest number of total releases.

Even though we’ve seen more interest in hip-hop from major labels and even marketers, there remains an incredibly vibrant independent scene that TuneCore is proud to be a part of.  In fact, hip-hop is our #1 genre.

We’re proud to support hip-hop and be a part of helping artists and songwriters to find success without “selling out,” needing a record label, giving up copyrights or handing over their hard-earned revenue.

TuneCore is the Official Music Distribution and Publishing Administration Sponsor for the A3C Festivalthe preeminent hip-hip event in the U.S. And almost 50% of the artists performing have used TuneCore to distribute their music.

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7 Reasons Why A Public Relations Campaign Can Help You Get Your Music Featured

By Angela Mastrogiacomo, Owner of  Muddy Paw PR

Hello passionate people!

Here are some great tips as to why a PR company can help get exposure on blogs

1. You Have Nothing To Feature

All content is not created equal. This means that although you may have a lot of really cool, older content, without something new to promote, there’s not a lot for blogs to work with. Make sure when you’re approaching outlets you have something new and enticing for them to work with. And tell them what it is you’re looking for. If you just send a publicist an email saying “here’s my band, thanks for listening,” we’re not really sure what you’re looking for. Interview? Album review? Guest blog? Help us out.

What a publicist can do: Not only will publicists have a better understanding of the timing of releases but they’ll also have plenty of creative ideas for ways you can keep the band relevant, and secure you those features. They also have relationships with the blogs you’re looking to target, which is one asset that should never be undervalued or underappreciated.

2. You’ve Sent Your Album Too Late

This is one of the most common issues I run into. Bands who have poured their heart into their latest release, but fail to send it out to blogs until after it’s been released. This is a huge mistake. Even a week after release can sometimes be too late, but I’ve had bands send me releases that were months old looking for a review. It’s not that we don’t want to help you, it’s just that we want to feature new, fresh content for our readers, and unfortunately featuring an album that’s no longer new doesn’t bring in a lot of interest from our readers.

What a publicist can do: Publicists will know the timelines that work best for your particular campaign, and how to stagger your release (and any other releases such as videos that you have in the works) to make sure they’re getting maximum impact.

3. Your Email Wasn’t Personal Enough

This is actually a big pet peeve of mine. Yes, emailing each outlet individually is a bit of a pain, but it’s also the best way to ensure that you capture their attention, and make an impact. If I get an email that says “Hey Angela” and then goes on to address something they read on the site, I’m instantly hooked. I could hate your music, but if it’s a fit for the site, and you took the time to actually read our submission guidelines, I’ll find a way to feature you, 100% of the time.

What a publicist can do: Many publicists actually use the mass email strategy, occasionally combined with personal follow up. I respect it, but I disagree with it. Emails should be crafted to each individual outlet, which takes a bit longer, but we feel garners a higher response rate. There’s nothing that can replace that personal, one to one interaction, and we recognize that.

4. You Offended The Outlet

I know you didn’t mean to, but there’s a good chance if you’re not hearing back, you may have offended the outlet. For instance, did you get the blog or writer’s name wrong? This happens more than you’d imagine. Did you try to personalize it, but forget to change out the last blog’s name in the email? Did you CC everyone instead of BCCing on a mass email? (this is a HUGE no-no). Sending out releases takes a LOT of work, and we understand not everyone has that kind of time. That’s where publicists come in.

What a publicist can do: Part of a publicist’s job is to know everyone. As such, we’re pretty accurate in our correspondence with each blog, and not making those mistakes, because in a lot of ways, these people are actually our friends. We’re familiar with them, and their work, and their outlet, because we’ve worked with them before, and developed a relationship. We also do this full time, 100% of the time, so we have the time to fact check, and double check, and sometimes even triple check, to make sure we’re getting everything straight.

5. You Didn’t Include Enough Information

Each outlet is different, so you’ll have to do your research on this. But one thing I find happening a lot is bands submitting without enough information. You have an album coming out? That’s great! But when is it coming out? You sent me your Soundcloud…but where are your social media pages? Who are the band members? Where are you from?

What a publicist can do: Part of a publicist’s job is to gather all of this information from you right at the beginning of the campaign. We know what outlets need to know, and can help get them that info they need, before they even have to ask it. The less a blog needs to ask of you in terms of material, the more likely they are to feature you.

6. You Aren’t Targeting The Correct Outlets

This is a common one. Different outlets cover different genres, and it’s important to do your research, and make sure you’re not submitting your rock band to a site that covers exclusively hip-hop. It’s time consuming, and it takes a lot of research. Especially when you get within genres. Oh, you’re an indie-rock band? Well this site may look like they feature you, but they actually only feature classic rock, and alternative rock. It’s important to take your time, and find the right outlet.

What a publicist can do: Publicists are already familiar with most outlets genre requirements, and they take the guesswork out of these things. They can locate and target the outlets that are most likely to feature your music with a simple click of the mouse.

7. Your Social Media Presence Is Lacking

This is one of those frustrating, but true facts. For many outlets, social media presence matters, especially in the kind of coverage they’ll offer. If you’re not growing your presence, you’re going to have a harder time. Especially if you’re targeting large outlets and expecting a response, but only have 100 likes. More than just likes though, outlets want to see you interacting with fans, and staying active on social media at least a few times a week, if not more.

What a publicist can do: Many publicists (including Muddy Paw) offer social media packages for our artists. We understand it can be a little intimidating, and a lot time consuming, so we, and many other agencies offer packages that include social media upkeep, strategy discussion, and more to make sure your fans are getting the updates they want.

Thanks for checking out these tips, I hope they’ve helped! Good luck, and I look forward to watching you grow!

Angela Mastrogiacomo is the owner of Muddy Paw Public Relations. Muddy Paw specializes in working with up and coming artists on personalized campaigns designed to bring their careers to the next level. To date, we’ve secured placements on sites such as AbsolutePunk, Property Of Zack, PureVolume, and many more. You can find us at



New Music Tuesday: Sept. 23, 2014

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? 


Horror in Film
Horror in Film


Dylan meyer
When It’s Quiet
Dylan Meyer




Dawn Landes
Covers EP
Dawn Landes & The Kentuckians


jenny simmons
To Be Well
Jenny Simmons


Bianca & Chiara
Bianca & Chiara D’ambrosio
Bianca & Chiara D’ambrosio


natasha north
Natasha North


Iran Castillo
Iran Castillo


Debbie Williams
For This War and for This Home
Debbie Williams




#TCVideoFridays: September 19th, 2014

The weekend is here! Start it off with a new round-up of #TCVideoFriday!


Down With Webster, “One In A Million”


Sucré, “When We Were Young”


Champagne Jerry, “Perfume”


Ab-Soul, “Hunnid Stax (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)”


The Hollowed, “I Was Once A Sinking Ship”


Canon, “Trippen”


Doe Paoro, “Walking Backwards”


EdlingerCEO, “The Remedy”


Granville Automatic , “Copenhil”