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This Weekend: Boston Band Leo*Leo Gives Thanks by Giving Back

pencil icon Amy D'Aureli

date iconNov 27, 2014 10:00:00 AM

tag icon Features, boston, nonprofit

Leo*Leo (above) and The Dejas (below) will be playing the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert this Saturday.

It’s not every day that a band celebrates their upcoming tour and Pandora radio rotation by donating funds to a local organization. Boston-based duo Leo*Leo, aka long-time friends Sarah Hope and Vanessa Wheeler, are making big moves in the "nova rock" (bossa nova-inspired rock 'n' roll) world, and are about to embark on a tour with Boston’s own Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch/State Radio.

This Saturday, November 29, they’re headlining the Animal Rescue League Benefit Concert at The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Boston. “Now that our music has been chosen for Pandora, we wanted to do something for the ARL – because that’s where our band bird, Meegs, was adopted from,” says Wheeler.

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MUZU to Give One Sonicbids Artist $5,000 in Promotion

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconNov 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

tag icon Spotlight, Promoter

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MUZU features the largest legal music catalog available online including music from all major and independent record labels, reaching over 12 million users a month in North America, Central Europe, Latin America, and Australasia. Currently, MUZU is searching for one emerging Sonicbids artist to be promoted across its website with a homepage editorial, blog interview, and music readily available to millions of listeners.

MUZU's European business development manager, Robert Sharp, who's been working for the company since its beginning stages in 2007, dished on the details of the #MUZUUnveils campaign and why it's a great opportunity for Sonicbids artists.

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5 Ways to Impress Music Journalists With Your Promo Photo

pencil icon Jamie Ludwig

date iconNov 26, 2014 12:00:00 PM

tag icon Columns, ask a music journalist

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Promotional photos serve many purposes for music journalists beyond just being something to feast our eyes upon. They introduce us to the people behind the music and help create or reinforce a narrative of a band, which can aid us in our writing process. They grab readers' attention and can make more people inclined to check out a story. They sometimes even make our articles easier to read by breaking up otherwise dense chunks of text. We love promo photos and who can blame us?

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The Difference Between Being 'Undiscovered' and 'Epic' on Social Media

pencil icon Liv Buli

date iconNov 26, 2014 11:00:00 AM

tag icon Features, social-media, Promotion & Booking

Rihanna is an example of a social media superstar. (Image via

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Editor's note: All of the data included in this article is via research conducted by Next Big Sound.


There is little doubt that Rihanna is the definition of a superstar. Her discography is littered with multiplatinum albums and singles. She has successful worldwide tours under her belt, countless Grammys, AMAs, Brit Awards, and even a nod for The World's 100 Most Influential People from Time magazine in 2012. And her level of celebrity is reflected in a vast online following.

With close to 90 million page likes, Rihanna is one of the most popular artists on Facebook. She counts more than 37 million followers on Twitter, and has surpassed 7 billion total video views on Vevo. But that hasn't always been the case. As artists increase in popularity, so does the size of their social following. In fact, it does so by the rule of proportionate growth, meaning that the more fans you already have, the more fans you will add.

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6 Things All Musicians Should Be Thankful For

pencil icon Dylan Welsh

date iconNov 26, 2014 10:00:00 AM

tag icon Features, musician success guide

Bob Dylan was a pilgrim, right? (Image via

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's time to reflect on the things that we're most thankful for. Musicians have many more things to be grateful for than the average person; music is a skill that requires a lot of talent to do well, and even more talent to do at a level that keeps you steadily employedThis holiday season, take a minute to be grateful for the gift you have, and express gratitude to the support system that has allowed you to develop it. Here are five things all musicians should be thankful for.

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