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Must See: Aimee Mann's Brutally Honest Account of When Her Label Tried to Change Her Sound

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After 30 years in the music business, Aimee Mann has become one of the most iconic female singer-songwriters of all time. In 1999, she added "label founder" to her long resume when she broke from Geffen Records and started her own company, SuperEgo Records. Although the decision to break from a larger label is difficult for any artist, in Mann's eyes, it was a chance to reclaim her own voice as a musician and make albums that represented her perspective away from executives who complained her songs weren't "single-y" enough. Here's her brutally honest story of how she took back her music.

What a Grammy Nomination Can (and Can't) Do for Independent Artists

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After honing her skills on the Baltimore spoken word scene and releasing two independent albums, singer and MC Carolyn Malachi received a Grammy nomination in 2011 for her hit "Orion" off the Lions, Fires & Squares EP. Once the whirlwind of being nominated for a Grammy ends, many wonder whether it's enough to make a lasting impact on your music career. We caught up with Malachi to discuss what receiving a Grammy nomination can – and can't – do for your indie career.

The 3 Biggest Delusions Musicians STILL Have About the Music Industry


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Despite mountains of easy-to-find evidence to the contrary, musicians still have some serious delusions about the music industry and how to "make it." To quote the amazing Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones – because what he says is #truth – "If it was an overnight success, it was one long, hard, sleepless night." If that still hasn't penetrated your skull, well, here are three more specific delusions musicians still have about the biz, and each one revolves around the idea that overnight successes are a serious myth.

3 Myths About the Music Industry That Most People Still Believe

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In many ways, the music industry is much more accessible to independent artists than it ever was before. You can write a song, record it, distribute it, and promote it online, all by yourself, and be very successful. Despite this, the music industry can still be complicated, especially if you're facing it without the help of an experienced manager, lawyer, or mentor – and even today, there are so many misconceptions that musicians still believe. In this article, we'll bust three of the most common myths in the music industry and shed light on the facts.

Reality Check: Why Musical Talent Isn't Enough to Achieve Success

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As musicians, I believe we all exist in varying levels of our own narcissistic paradise. We are, by nature, some of the most self-absorbed people on the planet, and must be in order to achieve many highly desired benchmarks of commercial musical success. Yes, we all care about making "music for the people," but let's face it – we've got to look out for "number one" in order to get to the top of our cutthroat industry. And anyone who wants to be romantically involved with us better buckle up, because our hearts have already been taken by our first love a long, long time ago. Music is our heart. Music is our life. And for some of the lucky few, it is also our livelihood.