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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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Why your pitches aren't working.

Ever wondered why your email pitches aren’t receiving a positive response, or any response at all? These are real emails that have been sent to myself or close friends. Names have been removed because the purpose of this post is to help, not to shame or embarrass the sender. You don’t...

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Google Play Music shutting down!

Since posting this article it has been brought to my attention that Goole Play Music is still active. Please visit https://play.google.com/artists/ for confirmation from Google themselves and note the following important piece of information. Your content and associated metadata, and your...

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Clean up your playlists on Spotify

Take a look at your playlists, there's a good chance some are in need of a little TLC. Here's some tools I use to make sure my playlists are always in good order. Remove duplicate songs Spotify Dedup is a nifty website that removes duplicated songs from your playlists and saved songs. It...

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How I made my podcast available (almost) everywhere

Should I make my podcast exclusive to one service, or make it available everywhere? This is a question many people ask themselves. The way I see it, listeners will use their App or service of choice, so don't miss out on potential listeners thinking you need to be exclusive. Unless someone...

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Main Artists vs Featured Artists

There's been some confusion surrounding the difference between a main artist and a featured artist. What are the benefits of tagging artists as main artists when distributing your release? In this quick explainer video I share the benefits of tagging contributors as a main...

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Update your profile on streaming platforms

It still amazes me how many artists have not taken the time to add a bio, photo or social media links to their artist profile on streaming services. It takes minutes and helps listeners to easily locate and follow you on social media platforms where you can have a direct relationship with...

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