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The Spotify Algorithm: What Musicians Need to Know

The Spotify Algorithm: What Musicians Need to Know

Want your music to reach Spotify listeners through playlists like Discover Weekly and Release Radar? Then there’s something very important you should know about Spotify’s algorithm: Chasing vanity metrics can hurt you! There are plenty of resources that explain Spotify’s recommendation engine in detail. We’re not going to get into the weeds here because the …

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The Musician's Latest Hamster Wheel (Is This What We Signed Up For?)

The Musician’s Latest Hamster Wheel (Is This What We Signed Up For?)

If the recent drama between Halsey and Capitol Records hints at anything, it’s that artists are sick of certain content and social media expectations. Here’s the gossip in a nutshell: Halsey claimed that Capitol wouldn’t release a new track until the artist generated sufficient engagement on TikTok. @halsey I’m tired ♬ original sound – Halsey …

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Releasing an album the right way

How to Release an Album So People Actually Want to Buy It

Sometimes I look around at the music landscape and think I’m the only geek on the planet who still listens to full albums anymore. Then I remember that most serious musicians still release full albums, even if (or especially if) they’ve already released a series of singles. Yes, even mega-selling pop titans like Billie Eilish …

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