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David Bowie musical Lazarus to open in London

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Lazarus, a new stage musical featuring the songs of David Bowie, is to open in London this autumn. Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, the show premiered last November in New York Theatre – just a few weeks before Bowie’s death in January. Bowie co-wrote the show with Irish...

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Kenya deports singer

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The Kenyan authorities have deported one of Africa’s biggest musicians, Koffi Olomide, after he was filmed apparently kicking a woman. Footage of the incident at Nairobi’s international airport was posted online and sparked outrage on social media.

Olomide, from Democratic Republic...

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Rihanna to Play Infamous Psycho’ Role

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

The producers of Bates Motel announced at Comic-Con Friday that Rihanna would play the role of Marion Crane made famous by actress Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho  on the upcoming fifth and final season of the A&E drama.

“We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a...

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Björk’s custom-made instruments to be showcased at London exhibition

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

A new virtual reality (VR) exhibition of Icelandic artist Björk’s video and digital works is coming to Somerset House in London. Taking place from September 1st to October 23rd, Björk Digital will feature the artist’s work with some of the world’s finest visual artists and programmers.

There...

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Ways Even the Shyest Artists Can Develop Their Onstage Persona

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Artistry itself is a tough egg to crack. A lot of artists are protective of their work and even a bit private with it. It’s their baby, something they crafted, so naturally, they want to hold it close and only share it when necessary. At the same time, however, the artist is a performer and...

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How to Budget for Your First Music Video

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Music videos are one of the best (and most fun) marketing tools for any artist. But, as with most things in the music business, they can get pricey fast. There are certainly levels to it though… and you definitely get what you pay for. But the point is: a good visual piece of art to accompany your...

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Make It in the Music Industry

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

There are literally hundreds of tips on making it in the music business, and we all know how overwhelming that can be. If you’re wondering which ones you should try to integrate into your daily life starting today, these 15 basic guidelines  from marketing to networking to self-affirmations...

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How to Connect With Influencers When You Have Zero Music Industry Contacts

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Gone are the days when a big ad spend or tons of radio promotion was required to break a band  now, a kid with a big Tumblr following can move the needle just as much as a spot on TV. But for artists who are just starting out and can’t shell out the big fees that firms like theAudience charge,...

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How to Create a YouTube Strategy Without Official Music Videos

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

YouTube has become the most accessible resource for rich media and drives our demand for variety in unprecedented ways. Over the years, music has cemented itself as a pillar of the YouTube ecosystem, and we expect that same level of variety to suit our listening habits. It was never enough to search...

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The Big Mistake Bands Make After Playing a Gig

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The work you should put into playing a gig doesn’t end when you leave the stage. As soon as you’re done, you’ve got to head to the merch table, where you’ll actively sell and interact with fans. What about after that, though? In the immediate days after a show, there are three...

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Things Every Singer Should Have

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Though we are somewhat biased on this, we believe singers are quite the special breed of human. With our instruments inside of our bodies, it’s no wonder we sometimes get the “diva” reputation. The voice is a precious, delicate, and special instrument, dammit! And that instrument...

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Booking Strategies

Friday, July 15th, 2016

One day, perhaps you’ll be touring as an indie or signed artist getting on a bus while a tour manager handles logistics, accommodations, and meals. What we’re talking abou is getting your indie band on the road, maybe for your first gig ever. Or you may be searching for a strategy to help...

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Singer Paul Di’Anno Says He’s Not Battling Cancer

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Paul Di’Anno has clarified his health issues, confirming that he is not in the middle of another bout with cancer.  “I collapsed at home after coming back from Argentina and a scan found a massive big black shadow on my lungs. I thought I was on my way out, but it turned out to be non-malignant,”...

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Chaka Khan, sister enter rehab over prescription drugs

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Chaka Khan and her sister have entered a drug rehabilitation program to battle their addictions to prescription drugs, and Khan says the death of her good friend Prince helped hasten her decision to get help. In a statement released to The Associated Press Sunday, the 63-year-old Grammy-winning singer...

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“You’re in a band.  You’ve got Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SoundCloud… now what?”

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

As more musicians take the DIY approach to releasing their music, marketing skills are becoming a necessary requirement for all artists.  Musicians need to understand the principles of music marketing so they can find their audience in a crowded marketplace and earn money from music, merchandise...

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