Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Digital Music Biz Promotion: 12 Ways to Not Self Destruct

The Succeed In the Music Biz Team, Jeronimo Black and Kasondra K, share 12 ways to not self destruct in today's Music Business. Have you ever thought of running your own Digital Music Record Label? Listen to this Succeed In the Music Biz Radio Podcast to learn the ways to succeed, to start and promote your own Digital Music Record Label.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008


http://www.simbiz.info: What are the 12 ways to succeed in Digital Record Label Promotion? By avoiding the 12 ways an artist can self destruct. Watch as Kasondra K, list the 12 Ways To Not Self Destruct in the Music Biz.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Music Promotion For Digital Independent Record Labels

Listen to this Music Promotion Radio Show as the Succeed In The Music Biz Team share insider tips on how not to promote your records for radio air-play.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Velvet Revolver Leaves Record Label

The band Velvet Revolver, whose membership includes the Guns N' Roses refugees Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, announced that it had parted ways with RCA Records.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Succeed In the Music Biz - World Music Promotion 2.0

The SIMBIZ.INFO team talks with Al Walser from the Principality of Liechtenstein. Al is reaching the world with a blend of R&B, Pop and Caribbean influences. Listen to this podcast to find out innovative ways to market and promote your music to the world. UPDATE: Special Tribute to Miriam Makeba.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hot Topic launches DRM-free music service

Hot Topic, the alternative rock accessories and apparel store, launches a DRM-free music store to compete with iTunes and Amazon. According to Hot Topic, Shockhound offers tracks from major record labels, like Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music, as well as independent labels.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Succeed In the Music Biz | Music Biz Tech Tip

The www.SIMBIZ.INFO team had a great show today interviewing the co-founder of Skoggins.com. It's a valuable resource for musicians to send out EPK's, manage email lists, post availability for gigs and many other tools and its free. We also listened to music from Ten Mile Tide the band that started Skoggins.com. Listen to our Music Biz Podcast

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Prince continues to chart his own course in the Music Biz

Prince is, of course, a music biz legend. In the book, "21 Nights" it tells of a "landmark event" in which Prince sold out 21 nights in a row in London. Here's a glimpse into a nearly 5 hour jam session where we learn how Prince proves the skeptics wrong once again to achieve music business success.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

McCain-Obama Dance-Off

This was a hilarious video and the SIMBIZ.INFO team wanted to share it.

One of the secrets to success in today's music business is to make a viral video.

You must be creative so people want to pass it on. Props to the MC, the dancers and the editor. Kasondra K

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Britney Spears, Leona Lewis Music Biz Sizzle Meter

The SIMBIZ.INFO Team conducted a click by click analysis of the popularity of Britney Spears and Leona Lewis. We compared search volume and news analysis Leona and Britney Spears over the last four years. See the results on the SIMBIZ.INFO "Music Biz Sizzle Meter".

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Music Business in Politics and Record Label News

What does Hank Williams Jr, Will-i-Am, Eminem and the Dixie Chicks have in common? They've became policital. Listen to this Podacast as Jeronimo Black and Kasondra K share the sorrows and successes of mixing politics with the music business.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Record Label Hires Guitarist After Seeing Myspace Page

Is Myspace still the best place to market your music? "An Atlanta Records representative stumbled across Matt's Myspace music page and sent him a message. He liked Matt's acoustic sound and wanted to hear more" from this Tampa artist.

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Friday, October 03, 2008

What do Janet Jackson, Paris Hilton, Jay-Z have in common?

The Succeed In The Music Biz Team give you the latest in Record Label news, Jeronimo Black's Ugly Truth Series and Kasondra K's The Music Biz Tech Tip of the week.

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The big debate: Do record labels have a future?

It's no secret that the music industry has not made an ideal transition into the digital era. With the current economy, the music business is struggling just like most individuals and businesses. What can they do?

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Did Janet Jacksons' Record Label Fail Her?

Janet Jackson has now joined a number of artists that have dropped their label. Janet was fortunate to be able to terminate her contract with Island Def Jam after just 14 months.

Like many Janet Jackson fans, I have been fanatical about Janet for 20 years (yes I said it). As a teenager her songs comforted me, like a friend. As I grew older and went through life’s joys and trials, Janet was always there with a song to let me know someone knows how I feel.

The majority of Janet’s fans agree, the record label failed this sexy, 42 year old, Pop Icon. Ms. Jackson states the label just stopped promoting her. ""Discipline" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in March with 181,000 copies sold. But it has shifted only 415,000 copies in the United States so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spent just 14 weeks on the chart." (Billboard.com)

The "Rock Witchu," Tour, being promoted by Live Nation, is still on. I plan on seeing her when Janet comes to rock Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

It’s a shame that with all the hot tracks on Janet’s album, she didn’t get much radio airplay. That is one way the record label failed.

5 Music Promotion Outlets you need:

1. Internet – This is where I harp on the fact that you need to be where your fans are – online. Networking in various ways, using the latest technologies and tools available. Where do you start? Succeed In the Music Biz

2. Community – Online and Live. I’ve already mentioned the internet. But you also need a presence in your local community. This is where a street team comes in handy.

3. Radio airplay – You need for people to hear your music in their daily lives to become familiar with you so they will buy your music and come to see you perform. How do you make this happen?. Check out Radio Airplay Secrets.

4. Sync deals – Sycrinization is the fastest growing form of income for songwriters, artists, and music producers. I will be talking further about this on the SIMBIZ.INFO blog.

5. Non traditional promotions – You need PR. This can be accomplished in so many ways. A couple examples are performing at local political events or rallies for a cause. Giving away free items, like ringtones, or pulling off your own stunt.

I applaud Janet Jackson for taking a stand against the record label. Promotion is vital to the success of any artist. I wish her much success and will continue to be a fan and support her.

Click Here to Discover the Secrets of Success in Today's Music Business. Or log onto www.simbiz.info.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

How to start a record label.

So, you're interested in music? So, you're interested in the music business? When I tell people that I co-own a record label they're very impressed. But, it's not too difficult to jump and start your own record label. There are certain key ingredients that you need to make it worth your time and effort. The subject itself is quite complicated becau

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Facebook vs. MySpace in the U.S. - The Music Factor

Facebook is now the largest social network in the world. But they continue to trail MySpace by a massive 36 million users in the U.S., and at current growth rates it will take them 18 years to overtake them. Is Music Perpetuating MySpace’s Lead?

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Music 2.0: List of social music sites

To be a Success In the Music Biz, you must be where your fans are. Here is a list of some of the top Social Music Networking sites. I caution artists to do their homework and review terms carefully. Make sure the sites you choose are the site YOUR fans are on.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Music Marketing | How Creative Are You?

Lets face it, there are a countless number of would be artists who go no where. For Music Business Success you need creative marketing. Possibly even an outrageous stunt. Check out this article to spark some ideas.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Future of Music: Music 2.0

What is Music 2.0? Music distribution, discovery and community. Here is a summary of what music 2.0 is.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jewel says country is her home

Jewel sold almost 30 million albums on a major record label as a folk and pop artist. Ending her contract, she is going country. Are her fans ready?

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Do You Have What it Takes to Start Your Own Record Label? Pt. 2

If you are thinking about starting your own record label, it is important to consider your Brand. What do you want people to think when they see your cover art, your name or your band's name?

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Music Biz: Concert 2.0

Turning live concerts into interactive events for online users. Basically, a user/music fan purchases a "ticket" to the online show (presented in a high definition viewing window), and participates in the event by voting on the band's set list, choosing the camera angles, and sending live messages to the band.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Do you have what it takes to Start a Record Label

In the music business today, artists, producers, musicians, and even songwriters are starting their own record labels. In the world of Music Biz 2.0 - Music on demand, are you ready?

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Music Business Marketing - Band In Your Hand

This technology will be part of today's Music Biz 2.0. Giving artists the ability to be in thier fans hands, performing for them personally! It gives fans what they access to the artists they love performing vertually in thier hands.Scott Mills shows how to get The Fratellis play live in the palm of your hand. People who applied for tickets for Radio 1's Big Weekend but didn't get one were given a link to a secret page where they could download some augmented reality software that would allow them to have The Fratellis playing live in their hand.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Gydget :: Indie Artists Flock to Widgets as Solution for Add

"Thanks to social networking sites and free fan-based marketing solutions such as gydget, indie artists now have the power to get their music heard, without having to rely on radio or more traditional label marketing..."

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Erykah Badu on how to Succeed In the Music Biz.

Erykah Badu gives some funny, but too true, tips on how to succeed in the music biz.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Indie Music 2.0: Promote your Music with idiomag

A digital music magazine to help promote your music digitally and expand your fan base.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

iLike (and its apps) are helping musicians reach fans

Millions, literally millions of fans are being exposed to new music with iLike applications. Do you have profiles on the top Digital Music - Social Networking fan reaching sites or even up and coming ones? Find out in this article.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Need Money for Your New Album?

Suggestions on a pitch for funds, and good goals to reach for in your Music Business career before you try to pitch someone to invest in you.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Last.fm: Free music streams turn into increased music sales

Last.fm announced today that for at least one of its affiliates, CD and digital music sales increased by 119 percent after its free, ad-supported music streaming service launched a couple of months ago. If the trend sticks, we may see more full-track previews coming our way from other services.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008


Is your music BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) encoded? Do you know why it should be for your Music Business Success? Find out the top 3 artists getting the most spins and find out how to get you music BDS encoded to Succeed In Today's Music Biz.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

In-Stat Reports Digital Sales Will Account for 40% of Music

"Revenue Opportunities Abound In Online and Mobile Music Distribution"

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

12 of the Best Music Social Networks

Internet radio may be facing uncertain times, but many musical social networks continue to thrive. If you’re in a band, these sites are essential for promoting your music: take note, and sign up for as many as possible to maximize your reach. For fans, meanwhile, we’ve included some great places to just listen to music.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Succeed In Today's Music Biz Blog - Don't Mess with the IRS!

4 tax tips for every musician, artist, producer, indie or digital record label.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SL - Where Artists can share with the world

Second Life gives artists a chance to share their music with the world and connect with people. This CNN.com article tells a little bit about the experience.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

20 Biggest Record Company Screw-Ups of All Time :: Blender.c

From turning down the Beatles to stomping Napster - the most ill-advised, foolhardy and downright idiotic decisions ever made by The Man.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

A brave new world: the music biz at the dawn of 2008

Distinguished guests, fellow readers: As we gather tonight, CD sales are down, major label revenues are sliding, and the music industry looks to be in recession. But music isn't dying; it's changing.

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