“CD Baby News” Articles

Janis Ian featured in a very special Mother’s Day edition of “From the Crates”

May 7, 2015{ No Comments }

It’s #TBT, which means it’s time for another episode of “From the Crates”

CD Baby’s Patrick Griffin enlisted his mother’s help for this week’s pick: The Best of Janis Ian.

The album features an incredible collection of tunes from the celebrated singer-songwriter, and you can snag a copy for yourself HERE. Read more »

Small Screen Wonders: CD Baby artists featured on NBC’s The Voice

May 5, 2015{ 1 Comment }

CD Baby-distributed artists are no stranger to the small screen, having competed in (and sometimes won) every major talent contest show, including:

* The VoiceJavier Colon, Beverly McClellan, The Swon Brothers, Will Champlin (plus Jason Dy, winner of the The Voice of the Philippines)

* American IdolBeach Avenue’s Nick Fradiani, Lee DeWyze, Megan Joy, Nikki McKibbin,  Corey Clark, Josh Gracin, Latoya London, Diana DeGarmo, Jordin Sparks, Kristy Lee Cook, Matt Giraud, Sam Woolf, and more

* America’s Got TalentMichael Grimm, Beach Avenue

This season, two more CD Baby artists are making their mark on NBC’s The Voice

This week, Joshua Davis, a foundational member of the Michigan music scene, continued his rise in front of a growing national audience. Davis advanced to the top five after delivering some stunning performances.

Another one of the show’s remaining singers is Sawyer Fredericks, a young and prolific songwriter from upstate NY. In an unusual move for The Voice, where artists are expected to perform current hits or popular classics, Fredericks decided to sing a song called “Shine On,” a hopeful anthem penned by independent songwriter (and CD Baby artist) May Erlewine.

It’s rare for the show to put an indie songwriter’s work in the spotlight, so kudos to The Voice — and to Sawyer Fredericks and May Erlewine, of course. Read more »

Announcing CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference (October 23-25 in Chicago)

May 5, 2015{ 23 Comments }

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SAVE THE DATE for CD Baby’s first-ever DIY Musician Conference!

Virtually every major music conference in the US has become an industry shindig where you pay top-dollar to watch insiders network‚ party and speak on panels that offer very little value to emerging artists.

CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference will be nothing like that.

We’ve put together an event that will not only leave your brain buzzing with ideas and inspiration‚ but will also provide you with a plan of action to take home with you. With panels and sessions carefully curated to offer you practical‚ action-oriented advice about how to advance your music career‚ we’ll address the challenges you’re facing and we’ll offer solutions — from how to add names to your email list to how to maximize download and streaming volume and beyond.

And the cost to attend? $49. That’s not a typo: it’s less than 50 bucks for you to take part in the inaugural conference created by–and for–independent musicians.

CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference will take place October 23-25, 2015 in Chicago, IL at the Congress Plaza Hotel, right on Michigan Ave in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from Millennium Park, the Museum Campus and Lakefront. Read more »

CD Baby Twitter chat: “the place of physical music formats in a digital world”

April 29, 2015{ 1 Comment }

CD Baby Twitter chatIt’s about time for another #DIYmusician Twitter chat!

This month we will be getting together on Wednesday, May 6th at 11 AM PST (2 PM EST) to talk about “the place of physical music formats in a digital world.”

CD Baby continues to sell and ship hundreds of CDs every day. Are you manufacturing albums? What format? Would you like to offer physical albums, but aren’t sure if it is worth it? Bring your experiences to the conversation, and join us (@cdbaby) along with VP of Marketing Kevin Breuner (@kbreuner) and blog editor Chris Robley (@chrisrobley).

Last month we discussed “your best touring advice,” and once again musicians from all over stopped by to exchange stories and pass along their tips.

Here are a few standout tweets:

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Save $20 on the best distribution for your music

April 23, 2015{ No Comments }

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Sell shirts at your show and save!

April 8, 2015{ No Comments }

Band merch your fans will love

Merch that looks as good as your music sounds.

Your band is your brand, and the non-music items you sell at shows aren’t just a great way to earn a little extra income at gigs — they’re also mobile promotional items that give you some of the best advertising you’re going to get.

So make sure what you’re sending out into the world is every bit as professional, memorable, and distinct as you and your music! Fans want to support you, and when you offer high quality, original products, they’ll feel good about making a purchase. Read more »

How to get your music on TIDAL

April 1, 2015{ 16 Comments }

Get your music on Tidal

CD Baby artists’ music will be available on TIDAL

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk recently about a newly launched music streaming service called TIDAL, which offers:

* high-fidelity sound quality (yes, hi-fi streaming)

* high-def music videos, and…

*  curated editorial content

Oh, and it’s also partially owed by Jay Z, who threw a launch party for TIDAL with appearances by Madonna, Alicia Keys, Kanye, and lots of other big names.

Subscribers can access TIDAL’s catalog in high-fidelity for $19.99/month. There’s also a $9.99/month tier for subscribers who don’t need the high-quality audio.

If you’re currently distributing your music to music streaming services via CD Baby, your music will also be available on TIDAL. If you’re about to sign up a new album or single, we’ll distribute it to TIDAL so your fans can access your music in high-quality streaming audio! Read more »

CD Baby Twitter Chat on April 8th: “your best touring advice”

April 1, 2015{ No Comments }

CD Baby Twitter Chat

Chat with CD Baby on Wednesday, April 8th

Our first Twitter chat was a huge success thanks to all the artists who tweeted with us about independent music promotion. With people chiming in from all over the globe, the #DIYmusician hashtag even trended! Read more »

SXSW video recap of our favorite moments: plus, is it worth it for indie artists to attend?

March 26, 2015{ No Comments }

CD Baby at SXSWThe CD Baby take on SXSW: Is it “worth it” for independent musicians? What were our favorite moments? Read on…

We sent a great little gang of our very own CD Babies to SXSW this year, and man: what a time they had.

Between our showcase, our panel discussions, our Portland Party, and getting to meet a ton of current (and future) CD Baby artists, it’s amazing that we remembered to bust out the camera to capture some of the memories.

But we did! And we’ve compiled a few of those moments in a video that’ll make you feel like you were right there in the action (see below).

Should indie acts go to SXSW? Is it worth the effort and expense?

Phil Bauer (CD Baby’s Director of Digital Distribution) says: Read more »

#DIYmusician: CD Baby’s 1st Twitter Chat on March 25th

March 17, 2015{ 2 Comments }

#DIYmusician: CD Baby's Twitter Chat On Wednesday March 25th, join CD Baby (@cdbaby) along with VP of Marketing Kevin Breuner (@kbreuner) and blog editor Chris Robley (@chrisrobley) from 11am-12pm PT (2-3pm EST) to discuss DIY music promotion methods.

Talk with us about your strategies, successes, failures, and surprises when it comes to promoting yourself as a DIY musician.

Is Facebook your friend or foe? When is the right time to start the promotion of a new album? What tools have helped you connect better with your fans?

We’ll be hosting a discussion on these topics and more next Wednesday, March 25th, and we hope you pop by to say hello!

Use the #DIYmusician hashtag to participate!

To chime in and chat with us, all you need to do is tweet during the scheduled time while using our chat hashtag: #DIYmusician.

Here are a few #DIYmusician chat suggestions:

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