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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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Spotify Fan Spotter for Artists

Spotify are taking their artist tools to the next level. Today a new feature mysteriously appeared on SpotifyArtists.com Spotify Fan Spotter is now available to all verified artists on SpotifyArtists.com To access the feature you need to click the down...

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Good news for remixers on Spotify

Remixers, log in to your Spotify for Artists account for some fantastic news! If you have ever completed a remix for another artist you would be well aware that remixes don't always count towards your monthly listeners, or show up in your 'latest release' or 'popular' sections on your profile....

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Submit music directly to Spotify editors

Spotify submission forms have been floating around the web for some time now. For the fortunate few artists that located these mysterious Google Forms the links were closely guarded and rarely shared. With major labels and distributors able to pitch priority releases to the Spotify editorial team...

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Upload your music to Spotify!

In what looks to be another exciting announcement for independent artists, Spotify will soon allow uploading of music directly through Spotify for Artists. Spotify have sent out invitations to a handful of Artists for BETA testing. US based artists can register their interest at...

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Music conference survival tips

This year was my second time attending SXSW and while I considered myself to be well prepared, I want to share some learnings that could be applied to any future conference. Some of these are based on observations I made, while others are from my personal experience attending SXSW and other...

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Spotify Personalized Editorial Playlists

Spotify have been delivering personalized versions of editorial playlists for some time now but today they announced some new features which are sure to make Artists and their teams happy. Personalized playlists are editorial playlists with significant followers (some in...

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Discover artists with a low popularity score

Artists start with a low popularity score when they first distribute their music to Spotify. Follow these steps to find Artists, Songs and Albums with a low popularity score. If you find something you like, add them to your playlists, save their music to your library and follow them. You could...

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