New Music Friday: September 15, 2017

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?

Follow The Billion Dollar Club – a Spotify playlist that’s updated every Friday with new releases from TuneCore Artists – stream it below!


Being So Normal
Peach Pit

Alternative, Pop


Extended Plea
Toulhous

R&B/Soul


To Whom It May Concern
Ray Prim

Singer/Songwriter, Pop


Era
Mike Dawes

Folk, Instrumental


Better Me
Montgomery Gentry

Country


Player No. 1
Me Nd Adam

Alternative, Pop


Easy To Love
Marc Broussard

Folk, R&B/Soul


Denim XXL
Cypress Spring

Country


Victoria & Abdul (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Thomas Newman

Soundtrack


Stripper For a Week
Jenny Tolman

Country


Heaven
Ziggy Alberts

Singer/Songwriter, Folk


Untraveled Roads
Thousand Foot Krutch

Rock, Christian/Gospel


Shepherd
John Tibbs

Christian/Gospel, Singer/Songwriter


Perfume
Annella

Jazz, Electronic


Paralyzed
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

Alternative, Pop


The Vietnam War (Original Score)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

Soundtrack


Rebel In The Rye (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Bear McCreary

Soundtrack, Instrumental


Take Five: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck
Chris Sidwell

Jazz, Instrumental


The Real Thing Don’t Change
Porcelan

R&B/Soul


Exit
CupcaKKE

Hip Hop/Rap, Dance


Take A Flight (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Marty

Hip Hop/Rap, R&B


Magazine
Bugus

Hip Hop/Rap


Tell Me Tell Me
courtship.

Alternative, Pop


My Life III
SoMo

R&B/Soul, Pop

New Music Friday: September 8, 2017

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?

Follow The Billion Dollar Club – a Spotify playlist that’s updated every Friday with new releases from TuneCore Artists – stream it below!


Under Construction
Kena C.
Christian/Gospel, R&B/Soul


N.O Saint
Ghxstmusic

Hip Hop/Rap, R&B/Soul


Darkness
Escondido

Alternative, Singer/Songwriter


Deadly Doll
Jesse Jo Stark

Alternative


North Pole
Injury Reserve

Hip Hop/Rap


Find You
Canyon City

Singer/Songwriter, Alternative


Warm In Your Sunshine
Karen Waldrup

Singer/Songwriter, Country


Take Down the House
Promiseland

Alternative


A Colorful World
Zusha

World, Folk


Funeral Balloons
Blockhead

Hip Hop/Rap, Electronic


Concordia
Happy Hollows

Alternative, Rock


Reality
Ray Volpe
Electronic, Dance


Probably Wrong: Session Two
Parker McCollum

Country, Singer/Songwriter


Spotify Singles
Shallou

Electronic, Dance


Hey California
Yøuth

Alternative, Singer/Songwriter


Lie With Me
Josiah and the Bonnevilles 

Alternative, Folk


Trypnotyx
Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini
Jazz, Instrumental


The Rise of the Phoenix
Chantè Moore

R&B/Soul, Pop

Early Music Marketing Tips For Indie Artists

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Janelle Rogers, the founder of  Green Light Go Publicity, a music PR firm which helps up-and-coming musicians reach their audience.]

 

You’ve probably heard all the standard things on how to promote your band. This may include ideas like ‘play more live shows’, ‘go on tour’, ‘post on social media’, ‘invite all your friends on Facebook’, ‘have a release show’, ‘get covered on blogs’, or ‘get radio airplay’. Some may even tell you to buy ‘likes’ or streams, (which I never advise).

Rather than tell you all the ideas you’ve heard ad nauseum, we’re going to move outside the proverbial box into areas that aren’t as obvious. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Regularly Engage on Social Media with People You Admire

This is social media with a spin. You probably know by now to post your single release or upcoming show. But what if you don’t see any engagement with your following outside of a like or two from the same few fans?

If you’ve hit a plateau where you aren’t moving beyond your existing fan base, you should start looking at how you can begin expanding your following through less traditional means. How much are you engaging with the people you admire? This can be as simple as a local venue or band, or as big as your favorite blog, writer or national record label.

By posting insightful and supportive comments you have the opportunity to engage others who are interested in hearing what you’re about.  Engagement is a two-way street and if you are simply posting about your band without engaging with anyone else, you’ll only make it so far. By engaging with people you admire, you’ll have an opportunity to build a relationship with someone who wouldn’t normally be accessible to you.

2. Create a Spotify Playlist

A lot of bands come to us because they are interested in having us pitch curators for inclusion Spotify playlists. Curators are often looking at your social media engagement, band accomplishments, and how engaged you are on the Spotify platform.

If you’re lacking in any of these department, you can start by creating your own playlist to include your song as well as other bands you admire. The added benefit is that it gives you an opportunity to engage with those bands as mentioned above while showing your support for them.

3. Go to Live Shows in Your Market

The common advice is simply to ‘play more live shows.’ What if you’re struggling to be booked in the first place or you simply don’t have a following for a booker to consider you? In addition to playing live shows you should also look at how you can support the shows in the market.

This gives you the chance to get to know the booker person-to-person and also network with other bands while showing your support. If you want to be considered for shows, you need to look at how you can build the relationships to be asked when the opportunities come up.

4. Stay in Contact Once You’ve Built Relationships

Once you’ve begun building these relationships, the worst thing you can do is to let them go. You shouldn’t just build the relationship until you get what you want, whether it’s getting your song on a Spotify playlist, getting booked for a show, or being covered by a blog.

A great relationship isn’t built when you only come around when you want something. Create a schedule for yourself to stay in touch if you struggle with staying on top of relationships.


You may have noticed all four tips were based on community, giving back and networking. You may see success without one of these elements, but the chances of establishing ‘staying power’ are slim. If you really want to move forward and reach a larger audience, employ all four and see where it takes you.

Tips For Getting Your Song On a Spotify Playlist

[Editor’s Note: This blog was written by Janelle Rogers, the founder of  Green Light Go Publicity, a music PR firm which helps up-and-coming musicians reach their audience.]

 

You’re absolutely certain you want, no, you need, to get on an official Spotify playlist. The problem is you’re not sure how to reach the elusive curators and you’re struggling to get past 50 followers on Spotify.

Asking to be on an official Spotify playlist in that case is somewhat the equivalent of wanting to be on the cover of Rolling Stone when the only show you’ve played is the local dive bar on the seedy side of town.

Don’t despair. It doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but it does mean you’ll have to put in a little elbow grease to build up to it. Just like the mailroom guy has to work through a multitude of career levels before becoming manager, you’ll have to create some momentum to reach your official Spotify playlist goal.

Here’s a few simple steps that are within reach no matter the level:

1. Get Verified

The first thing you should do is get your Spotify band profile verified. This does a few things. It gives you credibility and shows you take your band seriously. It can also help with Spotify algorithms which prioritize verified accounts.

Lastly it can help you get noticed by Spotify influencers, including those who create unofficial playlists, but are influential nonetheless. You can find the five simple steps to get verified on Spotify here.

2. Work Unofficial Spotify Playlists

The best way to reach a goal is to start where you are. You may want to go straight to being featured on an official Spotify playlist, but the truth is that you’ll most likely need to build up to where a Spotify curator will pay attention. The good news is that there are a lot of unofficial Spotify curators who will be more open to featuring bands who haven’t yet built a larger following. At this stage in the game, Spotify curators, both official and unofficial, are heavily guarded and extremely elusive.

Start with the ones who want more followers and help brand them by asking your followers to follow them. In your head you may think they’re not worth the time. Instead think about not where they are, but where they could end up. Isn’t that how you would hope playlisters would think of you?

I can still remember when Alex with Consequence of Sound reached out to me to purchase a $25 ad on his site. Nobody knew who the blog was then, but now they’re one of the top blogs. And almost every band who comes to us for music PR at Green Light Go asks to be featured there. You never know where someone will go so treat them with the kind of courtesy and respect no matter what the level.

3. Promote Spotify on Social Media Platforms

If you want to increase followers and awareness with Spotify influencers, you’re going to need to increase your marketing efforts on your social media. Make sure you have links to your Spotify profile in your about sections. Also, once or so per week ask fans to follow you. But don’t just ask them to follow you without giving them something new.

Be strategic by offering fresh content whether it’s announcing your single release, album release or creating a playlist with new songs. Also be sure to promote the playlists of influencers you want to include you in their playlist. Especially with those who don’t yet have the following yet, this can go a long way and allow you to get in on the ground floor before they make it big.

4. Promote Spotify on Website

Just like you promote your social media on your website with Facebook and Twitter links, you should also include Spotify anywhere you can. They have a great tool to create a follow button so fans can follow you straight from your site. In addition, you should include icons next to your other social media and also include a Spotify playlist so people can listen to your music. Lastly, include a widget to listen to the music you have available on Spotify.

5. Create Spotify Playlists

If you have yet to build a following or create relationships with Spotify playlisters, a good place to start is by building your own playlist including your music. To better your chances with Spotify aggregators, limit it to one song per artist (including your song), a minimum of 20 songs and give the title something catchy that is also searchable based on your theme. For instance, we have a playlist themed around indie folk, which we simply callIndie Folks. We also have an indie rock playlist we call, you guessed it, Indie Rocks.


The above steps can help you start breaking down the barrier to get your songs on Spotify playlists. Go ahead and get started by working on the achievable areas to make you more attractive to Spotify influencers.

New Music Friday: April 28, 2017

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?

Follow Music Made Me – a Spotify playlist that’s updated every Friday with new releases from TuneCore Artists – stream it below!


Reclaimer
Shadow Of Intent

Heavy Metal


Pura Sal
REDIMI2

Latin


As You Pass, Go.
Lawren

Hip Hop/Rap, Christian/Gospel


Losing Control
Bizie X Caash

Hip Hop/Rap


Pray (feat. Rooty)
JRY

Pop, R&B/Soul


Crash Land
Crash Land

Hip Hop/Rap, Dance


Eagle Eye
Ava Raiin

R&B/Soul, Alternative


Alone
REECE

Pop, R&B/Soul


Prelude To War
The Family Crest

Alternative


Whatever Makes U Happy
JMSN

Alternative


Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band
Bruce Robison

Country, Singer/Songwriter


Gains
Rich Gaines

Hip Hop/Rap, R&B/Soul


Down Side of Me (Live)
CHVRCHES

Alternative


Lonely
Jake Howden

Singer/Songwriter, Alternative


Dolores
Bummers

Rock, Alternative


My Life On The Internet
Alex G

Singer/Songwriter


Classic Live
Metal Church

Heavy Metal, Rock


Better
Carly & Martina

Pop, Singer/Songwriter

New Music Friday: March 10, 2017

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?

Follow THE NEW – a Spotify playlist that’s updated every Friday with new releases from TuneCore Artists – stream it below! 

clark manson
Friday Nighters
Clark Manson

Country

knoxham
The Heights
Knox Hamilton

Alternative

jessie early
Body Can’t Hold
Jessie Early

Singer/Songwriter, Alternative

sarah ross
Not Broken
Sarah Ross

Country

dylan reese
Vanilla
Dylan Reese

R&B/Soul, Pop

garren
There She Go
Darren
R&B/Soul, Electronic

luuna
Moonflower
Luuna

Alternative, Electronic

blended
7
Blended Babies

Hip Hop/Rap, R&B/Soul

carter reeves
Talk To Me
Carter Reeves

Alternative

kritikal
Stuck Like Glue (Fenix Remix)
Kritikal

Pop, Hip Hop/Rap

freedomfry
Mary Jane’s Last Dance
Freedom Fry

Alternative, Pop

slowkiss
Forever Together
Slowkiss

Alternative, Rock

noosa
Like You
Noosa

Electronic, Pop

halfnoise
Scooby’s In The Back
Halfnoise

Alternative, Pop

just stone
Beauty In The Struggle
Justin Stone

Hip Hop/Rap, Pop