Tag Archives: 2014

Counting Down the Top 10 TuneCore Blog Posts of 2014

With only one day left in 2014, we’re looking back at some of our favorite and most widely-read blog posts of the past year. Look it as further proof that we’re not immune to “End Of Year List Fever”!

So whether you’ve been a loyal reader who wants to re-visit some articles, a fair-weather subscriber who checks in from time to time, or a new TuneCore Artist who’s just getting wise to the knowledge we spread over here at the TuneCore Blog, enjoy! 2015 promises to have more awesome content to come…

10 Ways for Musicians to Stay Healthy on the Road

Because hey, while sitting in a van & eating fast food sounds fun and all, Erin Schrode (Green Guru & Co-Founder of Teens Turning Green) offers some tips for staying healthy on tour & keeping the environment healthy too!

How Ontario-Based Artist SayWeCanFly Is Growing His Career

TuneCore Artist Braden Barrie shares his successful fan-base building process, how he books tours in Canada & the U.S., and how partnering with TuneCore for distribution & publishing administration kicked his music career to the next level.

5 Ways to Keep Momentum Going After a Music Festival

Great job – you made it onto a music festival! Erin Austin of OKSWEETHEART reminds us that just because the fun is over, it doesn’t mean you should go back home and put your feet up.

How Composer Brian Crain Unlocks Worldwide Songwriter Royalties

Got questions about how TuneCore’s Publishing Administration services can help find royalties you never knew existed? Composer Brian Crain is interviewed and shares his experiences.

How Nashville’s Sonia Leigh Is Gaining Traction as an Indie Artist

Sonia Leigh has been on a roll! (And we’re not just saying that because she hung out with us in our Nashville office…) Read this inspiring article & learn more about the country artist’s musical journey.

The Great SXSW 2014 Recap!

If you weren’t able to keep up with TuneCore at SXSW 2014 (either because you were playing it, attending shows, or slept through the whole thing), this recap is everything you need! We’re very excited for SXSW 2015 already.

10 Reasons Why Every Artist Should Be On Spotify

Let’s face it: streaming was a HUGE topic this year. Music blogger Kami Knacke breaks down what she believes to be the benefits of getting your music on streaming services like Spotify.

The State of the Music Industry According to TuneCore Artists

Every once and awhile, TuneCore offers a survey for our artists to fill out, and every time, the results are telling. Check out the results of a Fall survey and see what over 1,100 TuneCore Artists had to say about the state of the music industry in 2014.

Interview: Havoc (Mobb Deep) Releases New Album via TuneCore

You may know him from Mobb Deep, you may know him from his solo career or producing credits. Regardless, Havoc’s production, lyrical and stylistic-influences on modern hip hop are undeniable. That’s why TuneCore was psyched to distribute his latest album & snag an interview with him!

Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

Following the turbulent subject of streaming, we shared this guest blog from TuneCore Artist Ron Pope that covers his transition from playing in the subway to touring Europe, and why he sees streaming as an integral piece of the puzzle.

Wrapping Up 2014 With a Spotlight on TuneCore Artists

Like most of you, we’re having a very hard time believing that we’re only about a week out from the beginning of 2015. However, when you take a look at some of the awesome successes of TuneCore Artists in the year 2014, it makes the year seem like a lifetime!

So join us on a brief stroll (or, ‘scroll’?) through some highlights of last year over here at TuneCore…

NBC’s The Voice

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Seasons 6 + 7
We’re proud to boast that in two 2014 seasons of The Voice, 21 contestants who appeared  hit TV show were TuneCore Artists! Just to prove further that we give independent artists the chance to be heard by the world, BOTH seasons’ winners, Josh Kaufman (Season 6) & Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7), had releases through TuneCore!

GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY Nominations

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Get ready to be inspired! TuneCore Artists Yosvany Terry, Antonique Smith, ILoveMakonnen, William McDowell, The Pop Ups, and Alexandre Desplat earned 2015 GRAMMY Nominations; 2014 Latin GRAMMY TuneCore representation included Debi Nova, Loinda Briceño, Alexis y Fido, Daddy Yankee, Don Tetto, Vega, Yandel, and Rosario!

A3C Festival 2014

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TuneCore was proudly named the official Music Distribution and Publishing Administration Sponsor of Atlanta’s A3C Festival. Almost 50% of the 500+ artists at this year’s fest have distributed through TuneCore! Be sure to check out some pictures from our TuneCore Studio event.

Artist Spotlights

>> Omaha Duo Jack & Jack had a series of very successful singles through TuneCore. Their Social media savvy landed them a Billboard article and premiere of their track “ Wild Life”.
>> DC rapper Shy Glizzy has a verified hit with “Awwsome” and has blogs and sites covering his  his mixtapes and official releases. The track peaked at No. 33 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
>> Redfoo, one half of the chart topping group LMFAO, uses Tunecore to release music from his own label Party Rock. His song “New Thang” has seen huge sales in US, AU, and around the world. The clever video incorporated viral celebrity Sexy Saxman (24 million YouTube views).
>> YouTube star turned multi-media star, Bethany Mota released her first single “Need You Right Now (feat. Mike Tompkins)“ through TuneCore while competing on the latest season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
>> Lindsey Stirling has had an incredible year:
Billboard Year End Charts for the year 2014:
#1 Classical Album Artists
#1 Classical Album (Shatter Me) & #4 (Debut)
#2 Dance/Electronic Album Artist
#4 on the Dance/Electronic Albums – outselling Calvin Harris & Skrillex in 2014
#5 on the year-end Top Dance/Electronic Artists chart
#5 on Independent Artist
#10 on Independent Albums (Shatter Me) & #22 (Debut Album)
#109 on the Top 200 Albums (Shatter Me) & #111 (Debut Album)
#51 on Top 200 Artists
#37 Catalog Album (Debut Album)
>> Top Dawg Entertainment released the single “Pay For It (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” by Jay Rock via TuneCore. Jay Rock performed it on SNL on 11/15, and MTV.com ran a feature about the track.
>> Kendall Schmidt who rose to fame initially as part of Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush released both solo music and a new release from the band he started as a teen, Heffron Drive. Kendall performed with The National Symphony at the July 4th concert in Washington D.C and was a featured performer with his single “Blame It on the Mistletoe” at both the Philadelphia and Chicago Thanksgiving day parades.
>> TuneCore had a number of incredible young country artists have success in 2014. TuneCore hits on Sirius Radio’s The Highway:
“Can’t Get Away From a Good Time” – Logan Mize
“Wastin’ Gas” – Dallas Smith
“Nothing To Do but Drink” – Adam Sanders
“Broken Windshield View” – Chris Lane
“Mandolin Rain” – Josh Kelley
>> Angels & Airwaves new album The Dream Walker hit #1 rock album and Top Ten overall on iTunes, and hit #3 on Billboard’s Indie Chart.
>> The new holiday single, “Baby! It’s Christmas“, from Jessie James Decker star of Eric & Jessie: Game On, (as well as just announced new co-host of Redneck Island), hit #1 on iTunes Holiday charts
> Sales have exploded for the song “Top of the World” by TuneCore artist Greek Fire; the track is featured on Disney’s Big Hero 6 Trailer.
>> The Hip Hop Caucus chose TuneCore to distribute the charity release HOME (Help Our Mother Earth) to raise climate change awareness; the compilation features Common, Ne-Yo, Choklate and others.
>> South African artist DJ Merlon released his dance track “Koze Kuse (feat. Mondli Ngcobo)” in October with great success; the track hit #1 on iTunes South Africa Dance chart in December.

Music Publishing – Sync Placement Highlights

We’re proud of our Music Publishing Administration clients who have landed high-profile sync placements this year! Highlights include Jeff Bernat‘s “Dream Team” in the film Birdman; Danny Michel‘s “Maybe You Can Find It In Your Heart” in the TV series Teen Mom 2Deandre Way‘s “Ugly”, performed by Soulja Boy on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; & Oscar Owens‘ “I Believe” performed by Minnutes on an ad for Samsung’s Galaxy S3.

‘Top Albums’ & ‘Best Of’ Lists

>> NPR, “NPR Music’s  50 Favorite Albums of 2014” – Isaiah Rashad & Ceci Bastida
>> Pitchfork, “Readers Poll Best New Artists” – Isaiah Rashad
>> Folk Alley, “Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums of 2014” – Hurray For the Riff Raff (previous release thru TuneCore)
>> Bob Boilen, “Top 10 Albums of 2014” – The Antlers & Luluc (previous releases thru TuneCore)
>> FADER, “The FADER’s 116 Best Tracks of 2014” #92 Isaiah Rashad, “Heavenly Father”
>> The Huffington Post, “The 23 Best Albums of 2014” – #10 Isaiah RashadCilvia Demo
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OK – that was a lot. But hey, there’s more to come in 2015! Thanks to all of our artists who work hard throughout the year!