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Articles, tips and news to help with almost every aspect of an artist's career.

Google Play Music - Still Shutting Down

Google continues to play things very safe. (See what I did there?) The music service has been "shutting down" for years and users have now been given a final date after which their user data will be deleted. Fear not, however. If you’re still relying on Google to play music, you can transfer your...

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Spotify for Artists - Pitch Music Directly from the Mobile App

Artists can now pitch upcoming music for playlist consideration directly from the Spotify for Artists mobile app. It's worth noting that this option will only be available for future releases and may take a few days to appear after your song has been uploaded via your distributor or...

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Spotify Listening Together

"Every second, more than 30,000 people start playing the same song as someone they'd never met". The team at Spotify have created yet another fun tool. This is free and available to anyone, you don't even need to sign in to view this site. Kudos to the engineering team at Spotify for creating a...

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Instant-Gratification Tracks

Instant-Gratification Tracks are individual tracks that are immediately available as part of a pre-order for an album. If you purchase an album as a pre-order, you may find that some of the tracks are available immediately to download or stream, before the album is available. Artists can request...

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2020 End of Year "Wrapped" Summaries for Artists and Listeners

2021 is here and while we are focused on the future (and kicking Covid to the curb) let's not forget about the growth you experienced as an artist in 2020. Many streaming platforms offer their own "wrapped" or end of year summaries for listeners, in this article I'm going to share the ones for...

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Artist Tips for 2021

2020 didn't go as expected, but 2021 is approaching fast. I've invited a number of music industry friends to share their tips for artists going into 2021. This series will be available on Instagram, and the audio will be featured in the Streamline podcast. The first guest is Troy Carter Jr. Hear...

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Spotify Popularity Bars - What Do They Mean?

Ever found yourself staring blankly at those popularity bars next to a song in Spotify? I've been closely monitoring music I've released on Spotify and ran comparisons using data provided in Spotify for Artists and the popularity bar in the Spotify app. Here's my findings. 0 bars = less than...

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Spotify Promo Cards

Spotify's latest tool for Artists and Podcasters is Promo Cards. These graphics are quickly formatted and ready for social media sharing. With color customization and three different aspect ratios to choose from. You can create a promo card for an Artist, Album, Song, Podcast or Podcast...

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Twitch Soundtrack BETA

The team at Twitch has launched yet another tool. This one is called Soundtrack and allows Creators to stream globally rights cleared music in their live streams. This tool will remove any risks associated with playing music during livestreams for creators but also a host benefits for the...

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Navigating Social Media - ​5 Important Reminders for Musicians

Most artists who aren’t seeing results with social media are using their past mistakes and what hasn’t worked as an excuse for why they aren’t getting the reach that they want. Take the time to educate yourself. Sometimes you have to go back to the past in order to get to the...

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