A Look Back at 2015: TuneCore Artists Shine

December 31, 2015

TuneCore Artists came out swinging for the fences in January of 2015 and rode the momentum all year. As a digital distributor offering creators the chance to get their music to the world without the help of a label, we’re unbelievably proud of the artists who use our services.

From country to hip hop, indie rock to electronica, and everything in between, here are some TuneCore Artist accolades we’re proud to have helped make a reality!

See you at the GRAMMYs!
GRAMMY Awards 2016

TuneCore artists, songwriters and arrangers are making some serious waves in the GRAMMY nomination pool:

“Shame” off the album Black Rose by Tyreese is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

“Glory” off the Selma Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Common and John Legend is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Song, and Best Song Written For Visual Media.

Fun Home is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.

Other notable artists who have called TuneCore home for past releases that are nominated for GRAMMYs this year include Lori Henriques, Jose-Luis Orozoco, Natalie Jah Cure, Ai Kamauu, The Milk Carton Kids, Alex Cuba, Hayes Carl, Patrick Williams, Joey+Rory, and Lori McKenna. Good luck to all!

Cleaning up at the Latin GRAMMYs
Latin GRAMMY Awards 2015

In addition to the American ceremony of a year in music, we’re proud of our TuneCore Artists who were nominated and won in November during the Latin GRAMMYs:

Monsieur Perinè – winner, Best New Artist

Derroche De Amor by Alex Campos – winner, Best Christian Album

Nada Es Demasiado by Mojito Lite – nominee, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Flamboyàn by Camila Luna  – nominee, Best Pop/Rock Album

Son 45 by Ismael Miranda – nominee, Best Salsa Album

Buen Comino by Lucas Arnau – nominee, Best Contemporary Tropical Album

Esa Morena by Daiquiri – nominee, Best Tropical Fusion Album

Additional TuneCore nominees included Aida Cuevas, Mariachi Fior De Tolache, Diego Verdaguer, Los Gallitos, Perdi La Pose, Emmanuel y Linda, Tercer Cielo, Rockcito, Chini y Nacho, and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Congrats!

Taking Home the Tonys

Directed by Sam Gould, the production of Fun Home won Best Musical at the 2015 Tony Awards. TuneCore is proud to be the choice distributor for it’s original soundtrack – congrats to all involved!

Fun Home Musical

TuneCore Live, SXSW, Indie Artist Forum

2015 was a crazy busy year for our live event game. We offered artists the opportunity to play live in LA, Brooklyn, and Austin for our TuneCore Live event series; hit SXSW to support and celebrate our artists; and hosted our first ever Indie Artist Forum!

Check out all the highlights from those events at our 2015 Wrap Up page here.

A3C Fest 2015

For the second year in a row, TuneCore was honored to be named the official Distribution and Music Publishing Administration Sponsor of A3C Festival – the annual pillage to Atlanta, where hip hop rules. From showcases to panels, A3C is the preeminent melting pot of producers, MCs, industry folks, and of course, hip hop heads.

This year, with the announcement of our brand new Atlanta office, we brought our TuneCore Live series down south, featuring an awesome line up of up-and-comers, and a surprise close-out from the one and only Young Jeezy!

SNL Takes a Chance on Indie Talent

Speaking of indie hip hop – Chance the Rapper got the opportunity to wow America by becoming the first unsigned artist to ever perform on Saturday Night Live! He performed his latest single, “Somewhere in Paradise”, as well as “Sunday Candy” – both distributed via TuneCore.

Chance The Rapper SNL

Soaring With Pigeons and Planes

Tastemaking music blog Pigeons and Planes always have their finger on what’s hot and new in hip hop, electronica, indie and pop. It’s only natural that when they listed their Best New Artists of 2015, TuneCore was well represented! Check out where they ranked:

#4 – Smino
#7 – Post Malone
#9 – Cousin Stizz
#13 – London O’Connor
#17 – AJ Tracey
#22 – dev09
#23 – Sjowgren
#27 – Leisure
#30 – Dylan Brady
#42 – KAMAU

In With the Pitchfork Crowd

Speaking of super influential blogs that compose super entertaining (and well written) lists each year, TuneCore Artists made it onto the staff list of 100 Best Tracks of 2015 over at Pitchfork! See how they fared:

#16 – “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
#43 – “Flex” by Rich Homie Quan
#64 – “Angels (ft. Saba)” by Chance the Rapper
#83 – “Seeds” by Moses Sumney
#96 – “Nelly” by Isaiah Rashad

iTunes Best Of 2015 – Hitting All the Genres

This year our pals at iTunes rounded up their ‘best of’ and TuneCore Artists were popping up all over the place! Check out how they performed in each genre below:

Alternative Singles: 
#35 “Drag” by Daywave

Blues Albums:
#19 While the Cat’s Away by Matt Woosey
#20 Fantastic Negrito (Deluxe Edition) by Fantastic Negrito

Christian & Gospel Singles:
#15 “The Well” by JJ Heller
#38 “Destiny” by Tina Campbell

Country Albums:
#19 Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 by Randy Rogers

Hip Hop Albums:
#2 Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

Indie Albums:
#9 Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

R&B Albums:
#16 Aviary, Act 1 by Eryn Allen Kane

Singer Songwriter Albums:
#8 For the Taking by Elenowen
#15 Golden Age by Daniel Martin Moore

#8 Spotlight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Needless to say, 2015 was a great year for our artists. Got some highlights and milestones of your own? Tell us about ’em in the comment section! Remember – whether it’s a first tour, a new release, or even just signing up with TuneCore, every step you take towards growing your music career is vital!

Tags: 2015 best of featuring grammys indie latin grammys pigeons and planes pitchfork review tonys tunecore