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.
If you've been pitching your demos long enough, you've surely seen something to this effect: “No unsolicited material.” But what does this mean? Simply put, if someone didn't ask for it or it didn't come through someone he or she knows, you're wasting your time. At best, you might get it back with “refused - return to sender” on it (if you've sent it physically). At worst – and more typically – it winds up in the trash.
These music executives aren't doing this because they're heartless and want to crush your dreams – it makes very real sense. Here's why.
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.