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New and improved iTunes Trending Reports now available in your CD Baby account

May 4, 2016{ No Comments }

iTunes Trending Reports from CD Baby

We’ve vastly improved our iTunes trending reports. Check them out now!

A few months ago we introduced Spotify trending reports in your CD Baby dashboard. Now we’ve added new and improved iTunes trending reports too. Say goodbye to clunky spreadsheet downloads, say hello to easy-to-read stats and graphs, right from inside your Members account.

Log in, take a look, and run an iTunes report that’ll show you:

* Where your listeners are

* What your most downloaded tracks and albums are

* The countries where you’re most popular

* and more Read more »

Jealous of Radiohead? They just deleted their entire Internet presence

May 2, 2016{ 2 Comments }

radioheadLast year I wrote an article called “Three lessons you SHOULDN’T learn from Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, and Beyoncé.”

Well, here’s another to add to that list: Delete your entire Internet presence.

It’s just the latest in a long string of amazing moves Radiohead has made over the years that work wonders for them, but would probably fall flat if you tried something similar.

If you visit the band’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter profile, you’ll see… nothing. Except for the fact that millions of people are now following an empty shell of an account. The feeds are gone. Activity has flatlined. Instead, the band has sent cryptic leaflets to fans in the mail. And on queue, the whole world — including this blog — is talking about it!

There’s much speculation that the surprise blackout means Radiohead’s 9th studio album will be released any minute now.

How will they promote their new music without an Internet presence? Well, in typical Radiohead fashion they’ve unplugged and they’re letting the rest of us do their online promo work for them. Brilliant. Genius. And something that many DIY artists would love to do every once in a while.

Imagine it: you suspend or delete your profiles, turn the computer off, and get back to making music, music, music, music, music! I’m jealous.

But that doesn’t make it a smart marketing strategy for lesser-known musicians. Read more »

Using YouTube sections: keep your fans engaged by organizing your videos

May 2, 2016{ No Comments }

Sections give your viewers a super easy way to explore grouped content right from your YouTube channel page.

With sections, you can organize videos on your YouTube channel according to theme, style, series, genre, etc. For instance, on my channel I’ve created sections for live videos, music videos, Art Tracks by album, interviews, and more. Read more »

YouTube improves Content ID system

May 2, 2016{ No Comments }

Monetization During Dispute - YouTube

Up until last week, a disputed rights claim on a YouTube video meant that the video could not be monetized until the dispute was resolved. According to a recent blog announcement, YouTube is changing that:

We understand just how important revenue is to our creator community, and we’ve been listening closely to concerns about the loss of monetization during the Content ID dispute process. Currently videos that are claimed and disputed don’t earn revenue for anyone, which is an especially frustrating experience for creators if that claim ends up being incorrect while a video racks up views in its first few days.

Today, we’re announcing a major step to help fix that frustrating experience. We’re developing a new solution that will allow videos to earn revenue while a Content ID claim is being disputed. Here’s how it will work: when both a creator and someone making a claim choose to monetize a video, we will continue to run ads on that video and hold the resulting revenue separately. Once the Content ID claim or dispute is resolved, we’ll pay out that revenue to the appropriate party.

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The 100 greatest American music venues

April 29, 2016{ No Comments }

best american music venuesWhat makes a great venue?

My friend Sofia Talvik and I call them “unicorns” — those rare performance spaces that sound great, feel great, and inspire the audience too.

Consequence of Sound has compiled a fun list of 100 such unicorns, concentrating on great American music venues, covering rooms and outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes, from a small strip mall oasis to Madison Square Garden.

I think I’ve played on half a dozen of these stages, seen great shows at quite a few more, and plan to tackle the rest before my 500th birthday.

How about you? What do you think makes a great venue? Read more »

Hotel Guide — DIY Musician Conference 2016

April 29, 2016{ No Comments }

DIY Musician Conference hotel optionsA list of Chicago hotel options within walking distance of the DIY Musician Conference

CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference will be happening September 30th through October 2nd at Chicago’s historic Congress Plaza Hotel.

To be close to all the action, book a room at the Congress Plaza Hotel for just $159 a night. (This price is guaranteed only through September 15th, so reserve your room soon!)

Other hotel and hostel options near Grant Park

But not all attendees will necessarily want to stay where the event is being held. If you’re looking to spend a little more, or a little less, on your accommodations, here’s a list of options that are nearby the Congress Plaza Hotel (520 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605) in the Grant Park area:

[Note: I’ve listed estimated prices based on current internet quotes, but prices fluctuate with availability, so don’t hold me to these figures.]

1. Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago (from $139) — 65 East Harrison, Chicago, IL 60605

2. Hostelling International: Chicago, The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel (from $36) — 24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605

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“You aren’t a failure because you haven’t found fame and fortune by the age of 21”

April 28, 2016{ 1 Comment }

Musical Success StoriesWe’ve asked before: Are you too old to make it?

And the answer, no matter your age, is that you’re never too old to make it in music, as long as you define “making it” as creating great music connects with an audience large enough to sustain your independent music career.

That being said, I know the music industry in particular can feel like it revolves around youth. So when I saw a quote on the subject by Miss Mentelle getting shared a lot on Facebook yesterday, I thought it’d be good to post it here. Here it is:

At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.

At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.

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Earn an extra $5 from everyone at your next show

April 27, 2016{ No Comments }

GigTown, the mobile app that connects local musicians, venues, and concertgoers, is doing something interesting to help you earn more money from your live shows.

For every fan that uses the GigTown app to “check in” at one of your concerts, you’ll earn $5 — even if the gig wasn’t booked through GigTown.

The company has set aside $20,000 each month for this “tip campaign” as a way of attracting new users (both fans and musicians) to the app. Read more »

CD Baby representing at the 2016 ASCAP Expo, so stop by and say hi!

April 26, 2016{ No Comments }

This weeASCAP EXPOk, CD Baby will be sponsoring the ASCAP Expo at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

If you’re attending on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, stop by the CD Baby booth. We’d love to hear about what’s happening with your music.

If you’re gonna be there for a while on Friday, April 29th, we have a lot planned. CD Baby has reserved the Runyon Room (2nd floor, mezzanine) for three different informational sessions, including:

11:10am — CD Baby: How to Legally Distribute a Cover Song

Cover songs are some of the most effective ways to grow your audience. But if you distribute a cover song without securing the proper license, you could find yourself in a world of legal hurt. In this workshop, the CD Baby team will walk you through the cover song licensing process so you can legally offer your music in places like iTunes, Spotify, your website, Soundcloud and YouTube, and make sure the songwriters and publishers get paid.

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“An idiot’s guide to touring in 2016”

April 25, 2016{ 1 Comment }
Photo from Magnet Magazine

Photo from Magnet Magazine

Peter of the band Deep Sea Diver wrote a tour diary for Bandsintown that’s both funny and full of good advice.

I suggest you read the original article for the laughs, but I’ll summarize the tips below:

Put some money in the bank beforehand

You never know what could go wrong on the road — flat tires, running out of merch, etc. — so make sure you have a little cash in reserve for emergencies.

Try to get a sponsorship

Find a cool local business that wants some extra attention. Slap a logo decal on your van, head out on the road, and collect some sponsorship dough for spreading their name far and wide. Read more »