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Archive for April, 2011

  • Today is Sant Jordi Day in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)

    By Mike on April 23, 2011
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    La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as el dia de la rosa (The Day of the Rose) or el dia del llibre (The Day of the Book) is a Catalan holiday held on 23 April, with similarities to Valentine's Day and some unique twists that reflect the antiquity of the celebrations. The main event is the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and respected ones.
  • The Song Cat A&R Podcast Season 2 Episode 3 – Making it in the new music business

    By Mike on April 22, 2011
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    In this episode we discuss how the music business got to this point and how consumers will experience music in the near future. Artists featured on this episode are Ian Kelly, Yung Good, and Aly Cook. Great new music and discussion about the music industry. Listen online here or subscribe via iTunes Alternatively, subscribe via rss here.
  • Why should artists pay to submit songs to music industry professionals on Music Xray? Is it some sort of scam?

    By Mike on April 22, 2011
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    I truly believe this is an exception. In the past, artists were not required to pay to submit their music for professional consideration. Additionally, there have been numerous scams and shams where unscrupulous people have preyed upon the aspirations of emerging artists to take their money from them. I understand when I hear musicians say, “You shouldn’t have to pay people to consider your music”. And, “Music industry professionals already get paid by their companies to find talent.” Or, “Any professional that’s charging you to listen to your music is running a scam!” And, “Aren’t people supposed to pay me to hear my music and not the other way around?”
  • Music Xray is Re-defining the A&R Process. Here are the facts and the data:

    By Mike on April 14, 2011
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    More than 850 songs have been selected for real industry opportunities in the past 60 days alone! These deals include placement in major Hollywood movie soundtracks, major TV network theme songs, major and cable network series placement, reality show auditions and placement, radio station playlist adds, magazine features, blog features, publishing deals, management deals, production deals and sample deals.
  • Making sense of the new music industry – Part I

    By Mike on April 13, 2011
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    If you haven’t been following the evolution of the traditional music business, there’s a lot to catch up on but let me give you the quick overview:
  • The Song Cat A&R Podcast Season 2 Episode 2 – Making it in the new music business

    By Mike on April 5, 2011
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    In this episode we discuss how artists can target and acquire new fans. Artists featured on this episode are The Strike Nineteens, Xanthe Littlemore, and songwriting duo Gail Vareilles & Tommy Faragher.