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There are how-to articles about the holy social media trifecta  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter  all the time. But what about Vine? As a musician, how can you use Vine to showcase your music to its maximum potential? The video-sharing platform could be the key to marketing your new single, your upcoming tour, or your image as an artist.

We've published a quick guide to Vine marketing already, which provides tips like posting consistently and keeping your videos simple and fun. But to harness the full power of the six-second video, it may be more helpful to see examples of five great musicians on Vine – and how they used it.

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The Hilarious and Weird Former Names of 18 Famous Bands

Let's face it, the creative process isn't always a pretty thing. It can be messy and chaotic, and sometimes, we look back and all we can do is shake our heads wondering, "What were we thinking?!" It's no easy task to come up with a brilliant band name that's simultaneously edgy and represents who you are as musicians, but we're not gonna lie – the former names of these 18 now-famous bands are either downright hilarious, just plain weird, or both. If we missed any good ones, tell us in the comments below!

The Not-So-Glamorous Day Jobs 9 Famous Musicians Used to Have

Do you ever feel frustrated that you're bussing tables when what you really want to do (and what you're really good at) is perform full-time? It's easy to lose hope when it seems like you're wasting time working at a dead-end day job. But have no fear! Some of today's biggest stars in music also had to work crappy jobs before their music gained any traction. Check out the not-so-glamorous day jobs that these nine famous musicians used to have.

What Are People Listening to Around the World? Check Out Spotify's New Interactive Map

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We all love to travel. After all, how great is it to get a taste of another city's food, sights, culture, and lifestyle? It's eye-opening, insanely interesting, and shows us how wonderfully creative people can be. And we get to learn about what makes each region so unique.

But what if we could also get a taste of each city's music? After all, as musicians, hearing different sounds and musical styles is what inspires us and keeps our creativity flowing. Well... the wait is over! Spotify recently created a musical map of the world, where you can click on any of nearly a thousand cities to hear an up-to-date playlist of the music that is most distinctively enjoyed there.