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

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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Don’t rule out Deezer

With Spotify and Apple Music claiming the majority of subscribers (60 million and 30 million respectively), there’s another service that is gaining momentum.Deezer started in 2007 and currently has over 10 million active subscribers who you are probably not reaching with Spotify and Apple Music.I...

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7 Independent Spotify playlist curators you can submit your music to

With so many curators out there I wanted to highlight 7 of the more active curators I am aware of. These curators all have their own submission systems through their websites and these links may change over time. Always do your research first and if someone asks you to “donate” or pay for a...

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How music is selected for a playlist

A common question I see on social media is "how do you choose which music goes into your playlists?". I’ve seen this question asked many times online and I want to share my answer with you. I can't speak for everyone, but for me it's all about personal taste, after all I am the curator. Choosing...

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