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3 Important Takeaways From Nielsen’s 2017 End-Of-Year Music Report

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With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look at how the music industry did last year and learn from what worked and what failed. Nielsen’s year-end music report states which titles performed the best, which styles led the way, and uses pure data to highlight that while the music industry is growing again, there are certain sectors that look like they might not be around much longer.

4 Phrases Music Journalists Are Tired of Hearing

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Most music journalists who have been writing and reviewing tunes for any real length of time see their email inboxes flooded with hundreds of requests every day. Publicists, managers, and more than a few artists themselves all send pitches that will hopefully turn into stories on blogs and in magazines.

Many writers don’t mind receiving these messages — it’s the nature of the business, after all — but there are a handful of turns of phrase that have been overused and beaten to death by this point, and it’s about time to retire them. Before you hit send on your next pitch, make sure none of these four words/phrases are included.

6 Tricks to Help You Possibly Place Your New Album on a Billboard Chart

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Having your name appear on a Billboard chart is something that many artists aspire to, but despite efforts made by the media company to include new names and listings that only focus on those who haven’t yet broken into the mainstream, it remains incredibly difficult to make it to that point.

If becoming a Billboard-charting artist is something you aspire to (it’s not for everyone, and not everybody who makes music actually cares about that sort of thing), here are some tricks that might help you game the system a little bit... though let me make it clear that even if you follow my advice outlined below, you’re still going to need a lot of help and a lot of luck to make this work.

6 Tricks To Possibly Place Your Song On A Billboard Chart

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Many musicians dream of not only being able to make a living from their art but also seeing their name on the Billboard charts. It’s extremely tough to make happen, but even just one appearance on one tally is enough for some artists. While it may seem impossible, things are changing in music, and thanks to some recent alterations of how a number of charts are constructed, it’s become easier for up-and-coming acts to nudge their way in.

4 Amazing Tools to Pre-Schedule Your Band's Instagram Posts

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In the past, I've written about the wonderful benefits of pre-scheduling posts for social media, which allows you to dedicate a certain period of time to all things internet and then move onto other things (like, you know, making actual music). Sites like Twitter and Facebook are wonderful for keeping fans up to date with what’s happening in your life and forging real relationships with them, but you can’t spend all your time looking at nothing but social media, can you?

One thing I haven’t touched on (until now) is pre-scheduling Instagram posts, which is a bit trickier than for other sites. For a long time, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform didn’t allow any scheduling from third-party apps or companies, and it is still incredibly tough to make it work, so there are only one or two choices where that’s even possible.

As Instagram becomes more and more popular, it's necessary for you to make sure you’re on top of your feed at all times and that you don’t miss a beat. Before you know it, a few days have gone by and you haven’t posted anything, and that’s no good in today’s all-social-all-the-time world.

Below are four companies that offer pre-scheduling tools for Instagram. Read through them to see which one might be a fit for you and your musical career, and pretty soon, you’ll see just how easy it can be to stay on top of the image you present to the world.