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5 Stellar Album Covers to Inspire Your 2018 Release

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Visuals can draw in a new listener, but your album artwork can be than a tool for catching eyes. Consider it also a supplement to the music that can strengthens fan engagement: It can be an overarching representation of the work, a means of offering clues for deeper understanding, or a jump-off point for exploring personal interpretations.

The five albums below are some of 2017's best, and each employs album artwork as an extension of the music. In attempting to decipher the meaning behind the visuals, we learn more about the work — and vice versa.

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.

Here's the Best Time to Release Your Album in 2018

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Over the past few years, I’ve put together a month-by-month guide with the best time to release your album. It’s patently simple: which months would maximize your release and which would destroy it?

This year, I’m taking it a up a notch and giving you additional ideas of how you can maximize your release in a specific month or how to schedule based on your album’s specific subject matter or genre. There is one rule that stays the same: start planning your album release and reach out to media three months in advance. You should also release your album on Friday, which is the official release day of the week that was set by the industry in 2015.

4 Essential Things to Consider When Hiring a Music Promotion Company

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If you’re ready to hire a music promotion company to secure coverage for your upcoming single, EP, or album release, how do you find a publicist who will give you the best bang for your buck? How do you avoid getting ripped off or throwing money down the drain because the company wasn’t the right fit for your band?

Here are four aspects to help you hone in on the right music PR firm for you.

Try These 3 Simple Steps to Find More Paying Gigs

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Finding paid gigs, much like attracting new fans, requires consistent energy aimed at building relationships. You don’t need a ton of time, you just need a clear goal, a clear system for reaching out, and the ability to get creative with who receives your pitch. Here's how to do all three.