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music industry

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This Guy Sued Taylor Swift, Wrote a Book About it and Slammed My Colleagues

Why I Sued Taylor Swift book review

"Why I Sued Taylor Swift" is bad in its own right, but I have several personal bones to pick with it. If you're not familiar with Russell Greer, here are a few key points to bring you up to speed. He sued America's Got Talent for not accepting his audition, claiming it was because of his disability (here is the audition). He has a long history of suing various people, including Farrah[...]

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Are Music Promotion Companies Worth It?

legitimate music promotion companies

People occasionally contact me and ask the following question: "Someone Contacted Me to Promote My Music. Is it Legit?" Probably not, sorry to say. But, before you respond with a nasty email telling them to shove it, let’s look at the red and green flags to decide whether or not it might be legit. The last thing you want to do is tell someone off when they are actually a big deal[...]

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The Music Business: Deadmau5 MasterClass Review Part 7

We are almost done with my Deadmau5 MasterClass journey! I took a break for a while to work on my remix of his song (you can see my progress on it here). I also wanted to take a break last week because I wrote a post about the music industry and record labels (see that here) before I took this class, so I wanted to post that before I posted this review. That way my original thoughts would[...]

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Why You Need a Major Label to Be a Successful Music Artist

celebrities on red carpet

I see SO many music marketing "gurus" tell people that you can be successful without a label. While that can be true for a select few people, the reality is that you're unlikely to reach the level of success they claim without major label support. Today we're going to cover why a label is still necessary, but then we'll discuss what to do if you can't get a label or don't want one. You[...]

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The Taurus Musician: How Your Zodiac Sign Affects Your Music

Taurus Constellation

We are now in Taurus, which means it's time to analyze our Taurus musician friends and find what makes them tick! I have a complete list of every Taurus musician here, and I want to dive into what that means today. Some people don’t believe in zodiac signs, while some people read them every day and follow them religiously. I feel like I fall somewhere in the middle, as most of you p[...]

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An Interview with Danielle Hollobaugh

Session singer Mella Barnes interviews Danielle Hollobaugh

I met Danielle on Facebook and was blown away by how similar we are. Both session singers, both animal lovers, similar outlooks on life - I feel like I have a session singing sister! I'm really excited to introduce you to her; I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do! Danielle Hollobaugh Before we start this, I just need to note that this interview focuses less on music and mor[...]

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How to Build a Career in the Country Music Industry – Tips from Reba McEntire

How to Build a Career in the Country Music Industry

This is the second-to-last week of my Reba McEntire MasterClass review! Here are the parts to the class if you've missed any: Course Intro Songwriting Singing Recording Performing Live Student Sessions The Country Music Industry Building a Career Final Review My Cover and Review of "Whoever's In New England" One more to go; hopefully this has been helpful for you! This is[...]

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Six (Totally Cynical) Signs You’ll Succeed in the Music Industry

How to Know if You'll Succeed in the Music Industry!

I’m making this list for two reasons: 1). To make you laugh, and 2). I see waaaay too many of these lists that have the most basic, stupid answers. “You have good taste in music” might be an important quality, but it is in no way a guarantee you’ll make it big. Lists like these are popular in every industry. I see them for female entrepreneurs as well. If one of the signs I’ll ma[...]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Singers

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for the New Year and the idea of re-setting yourself to start or stop habits. I know most resolutions are arbitrary and people can make or break habits at any time, but there’s something about the spirit of the new year that excites me. As a session singer, I am a full-time business owner. I work freelance and run this blog all by myself, so I’m what t[...]