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Watch Paul McCartney's Behind-the-Scenes Blues Jam With Johnny Depp

Sir Paul is joined by local blues musicians in this 30-minute jam session, filmed during the shoot for his "Early Days" video<p>Back in July, Paul …

The music industry is still screwed: Why Spotify, Amazon and iTunes can’t save musical artists

Pandora, Spotify and Beats aren’t making a profit. If they never do, your favorite band will need a day job<p>What if the future of streaming music is a bust?<p>On June 9, a musician named Michael St. James tapped into a deep vein of insecurity shared by all artists challenged by the ongoing digital …

3 Steps to Becoming a Digital Marketing Expert

Mastering digital marketing for your business isn't rocket science. However, you'll get disheartened and quit if you look for shortcuts to become an expert without the necessary trials and tribulations. Consider this; I recently ate my favorite dish at my favorite restaurant. I asked the chef for …

Marketing

New Music From the Old School: Bob Eike, Billy Thompson and Soul Stew Records

Bob Eike playing a 1931 National steel guitar (Photo by Johnny Nevin)<p>There's an art to being an independent label, but the heart of the art isn't exactly what most people might think. It's not so much the ability to discover, produce and promote that makes a great independent record label. It's …

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YouTube Star Meghan Tonjes Wins Performance Slot At Bonnaroo

Meghan Tonjes will be joining YouTube stars Chester See, GloZell, King Bach, and Kandee Johnson as a performer on stage at Bonnaroo this summer with What's Trending and Ford!<p>The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter competed against four other finalists in our #Escape2Roo music competition performing …

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How to Be Rich as an Artist

People assume that if they've heard of you, you must be raking it in.<p>The theory goes something like this: If you work for yourself and make things that other people buy, your income magically skyrockets past what an average corporate job would pay.<p>Many times, readers or people asking for website …

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The Glory of Lou: Joseph Arthur, Steve Wynn Pay Tribute to Reed

The one thing <b>Lou Reed</b> did not do, over 50 years of recording, was make a truly solo album: alone with new songs, acoustic in a studio. The closest he …

The REAL Golden Network

If you are going for a hike on the hill close to your home, you might be able to get that done on your own. However, if your goal is to climb the Mount Everest, you need to join a tribe that can help you become someone that can rise up to that task.<p>The right network provides you an unfair …

Positive Thinking

How Much Does It Cost to Book Your Favorite Band?

Ever wonder how much it costs to book your favorite band?<p>Thanks to Degy Entertainment, a booking agency, we can give you a rough idea: an anonymous source passed along a list of the rates suggested by the artists' agents per show, pre-expense.<p><i>(Note: as a reader pointed out, these are asking prices</i> …

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Hotels With Live Music

These days there are few things guests desire more from their travels than an authentic experience. In response, hotels have done everything possible to create a unique sense of place—from offering regional cuisine to showcasing artisanal furniture and artworks to capturing the essence of a locale …

Live Music

Why Free Is Your Best Marketing Tool (And How to Harness It)

It seems that everyone wants a freebie these days, doesn't it? It's gotten to the point that when I mention doing a free eBook giveaway to authors, they just cringe. "I don't believe in free," they'll often say. Believe me, I totally get this. We get hit up all the time for free this or that. Let's …

Writing

Many Chase the Pop Dream, But Do We Have What It Takes to Be a Star?

It's the basic premise of making it in this big crazy competitive music world, right? To be able to sing. But is that all? That is indeed the entry criteria, but how many people can actually call themselves a true, live act? One who can strip away the icing and just get up there and do it with …

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I Rather Hear About the "Journey" Then About "Going Viral"

Every day the public hears about something "going viral." This could be a video, photo, tweet and so-on. The media become fascinated with these stories. The subject of the viral success (it could be a person, group of people, animal, really almost anything) may then go on to appear on national and …

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Signal to Noise: How To Stand Out From The Pack Online

The signal-to-noise ratio has long been an important concept for scientists, engineers, and those who work in associated fields. However, with the increasing amount of digital advertising, online marketing options and tactics, almost any given topic is flooded with information. This is especially …

Marketing

How I'm Turning My Nano-Brewery Into a Mega-Success Using Facebook

<i>This essay was produced in partnership with Facebook Stories. Facebook is a cosponsor of National Small Business Week, May 12-16. Read about other small businesses on Facebook Stories.</i><p>---<p>Two years before my 40th birthday, I had that "uh-oh" moment when I realized it was time to go after a new …

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5 Social Media Listening Tools That Every Business Should Be Using

Are you listening?<p>Are you really listening?<p>I've mentioned it a few times before: treat social media more like a telephone and less like a megaphone. However, some might not know how or where to listen. This is important because you want to know what's being said about you and where are they saying …

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Meet ThinkUp: Your personal social media guru

If you’re a heavy Twitter or Facebook user, you know just how many social media tools there are out there that promise to help track your activity’s performance online.<p>There’s TwitterCounter (owned by The Next Web) for tracking how many followers you have, Klout for giving you a social media ‘rank’ …

How I "Made It" in the Music Industry: My Top 10 Tips

First off, by "Made It," I don't mean filling up arenas or the sort of unlimited abundance that could "make it rain" everyday. I mean making music a full-time focus that pays bills, so that you can start doing what you love.<p>With all of this talk about Female Hip Hop Artists failing in the music …

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