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Music Industry

  • Mike's picks: weekly A&R post

    By Mike on September 22, 2013
    If you were an A&R at a big label seeking to sign big new pop bands and to find new monster hits for the current roster of pop acts, how many songs do you think you would have to listen to before you hear a hit that meets your criteria? 8? 10? 100? More? If everyone you speak to tells […]
  • Competition heats up among the industry for the best songs & talent

    By Mike on August 29, 2013
    While Music Xray enables industry professionals to collaborate and to pool their efforts to screen massive amounts of new music each day, they compete to be the first to identify the best talent.
  • Musicians, Welcome to the NFL

    By Mike on August 23, 2013
    Music Xray has brought a level playing field to musicians, songwriters, and performing acts. But the level playing field isn't always what you think it's going to be. It forces you to come face-to-face with reality. Are you really as good as you think you are? It's hard to argue with the answer when you know you're getting a fair shake. But some artists still blame Music Xray instead of seeing the value of gaining access to the level playing field.
  • If you're serious about success, fail fast!

    By Mike on May 10, 2013
    It used to take years to know for sure where your music stood. Gone are the days of waiting months or years to find out you don't quite yet measure up when compared to your peers, instead of just being compared to piano recitals and local talent shows and open mics.
  • What services should musicians expect to pay for on their way to a sustainable career?

    By Mike on April 27, 2013
    Assuming you're a performing singer-songwriter or are in a band, you basically have one supreme goal; to make enough money with your music to support yourself or even better, to live like a rock star. The sooner you come to grips with the way things are (as opposed to the way things used to be or the way you think they ought to be) the sooner you can get down to the work it will take to make your supreme goal a reality.
  • Music Xray's Revenue Grows 25% per Month as the Company Approaches Cash-flow Positive

    By Mike on April 11, 2012
    Sustained twenty-five percent monthly compounding revenue growth is not breakneck speed in the realm of booming Internet sites such as Pinterest or Instagram. But, it is very strong growth for a music tech company like Music Xray and what’s more, we’re measuring growth in revenue dollars rather than number of free users joining the site. That’s a BIG difference. Music […]
  • What's next at Music Xray? Song certification!

    By Mike on March 9, 2012
    At Music Xray, starting next week, we will release a weekly list of songs that have achieved Music Xray Certification. We hope the list quickly becomes an industry and fan reference point. In order to achieve Music Xray certification, a song has to have been heard and rated consistently high by five separate industry professionals on Music Xray’s 21st century […]
  • Music Xray’s policy regarding industry professional account suspension

    By Mike on November 28, 2011
    I’ll just say it. Music Xray is hands down, far-and-away, no contest the best early stage song and talent discovery platform for music industry professionals. It’s not even close. If you are an industry professionals genuinely seeking to discover new, high-potential songs and talent and you aren’t using Music Xray to help you do it, you’re at a competitive disadvantage […]
  • How much should you spend submitting your tracks via Music Xray? As little as possible.

    By Mike on November 27, 2011
    That’s right. I don’t think you should spend any more than it absolutely takes to achieve your goals (land the sort of deals you’re pursing). The shorter we can make the path and the more we can reduce costs, the more invaluable Music Xray will be to our community of musicians. Ultimately, we care most about building the best set […]
  • The best (new) way to use Music Xray

    By Mike on November 21, 2011
    I’m very excited that today we (Music Xray) have launched a new feature. The feature itself is just a small change to how Music Xray has always worked but it changes the game for musicians and songwriters everywhere because it provides you feedback as you execute your submission strategy. It’s like a GPS system to tell you if you’re getting […]