Top 3 Ways Independent Artists can Report (CD and Digital, including venue / live show) Sales to SoundScan

Billboard Charts

Report sales to Soundscan to get on the Billboard Charts

Get your  FREE report on the Top 3 ways for independent artistst to leverage Soundscan here.

Have you heard that the music industry has been in a constant decline or recession over the last few years?  Technically, that’s not true.

Did you know that although 2008 music industry album sales fell 14% based on Neilsen  SoundScan numbers, the music industry actually saw overall growth for the third consecutive year?  That’s true.  As a Dec. 31, 2008 Reuters article reported:

“Overall music sales, including albums, singles, music video and digital tracks, rose 10.5 percent to 1.5 billion units {in 2008}, after 14 percent growth in 2007 and a 19 percent jump in 2006.”

What’s also true is that more and more Independent artists are contributing to these SoundScan numbers and the best are reaping tremendous benefits:

  • Establishing a Nielsen SoundScan digital and physical CD sales history
  • Inclusion in the Billboard Magazine charts tally which can lead to national recognition
  • Proof of Sales for potential deals (label, distribution, management, legal, sponsorships, endorsement, etc.)

The question we answer in your FREE report is how you, an independent artist,  can report ALL of your sales (including venue / live show sales) to Soundscan as an independent artist.  Pick up a copy HERE.

Sync’ing Google Calendar directly to Windows Mobile direct to ‘

Samsung Blackjack II

Samsung Blackjack II

My wife and I use Google Calendar to stay on top of our personal and business appointments/tasks, etc. b/c it integrates well with G-mail and Google Docs and it allows us to share multiple calendars (we share three – one for PolyPlat Records/State of Man, one for her and one for me).

She recently got a Samsung Blackjack II to replace her old AT&T phone, so I hit the internet to find a way to sync her Windows Mobile calendar to Google without using Outlook on her PC.

Here are the options I’ve found (feel free to send your updates and I’ll add to the list):

How to play Flash content on the iPhone

iPhone

iPhone

If you are new to the iPhone, you may have noticed that you can’t play flash content like Youtube videos and MP3s directly from the iPhone’s Safari browser. The following blog offers highlights an iPhone bookmarklet called iTransmogrify! that solves this issue:

http://joemaller.com/2008/01/12/itransmogrify

There’s even a work around for IE users:

http://code.google.com/p/itransmogrify/wiki/IE_Workaround

Ten Principles To The Zen Of Attraction


Photo by Clearly Ambiguous

The following is a re-post from www.rizwanbhimani.com:

1. Promise Nothing
Just do what you most enjoy doing.
Hidden benefit: You will always over-deliver.
2. Offer Nothing
Just share what you have with those who express an interest in it.
Hidden benefit: Takes the pressure off of wanting other people to see you as valuable or important.
3. Expect Nothing
Just enjoy what you already have. It’s plenty.
Hidden benefit: You will realize how complete your life is already.
4. Need Nothing
Just build up your reserves and your needs will disappear.
Hidden benefit: You boundaries will be extended and filled with space.
5. Create Nothing
Just respond well to what comes to you.
Hidden benefit: Openness.
6. Hype Nothing
Just let quality sell by itself.
Hidden benefit: Trustability.
7. Plan Nothing
Just take the path of least resistance.
Hidden benefit: Achievement will become effortless.
8. Learn Nothing
Just let your body absorb it all on your behalf.
Hidden benefit: You will become more receptive to what you need to know in the moment.
9. Become No One
Just be more of yourself.
Hidden benefit: Authenticity.
10. Change Nothing
Just tell the truth and things will change by themselves.
Hidden benefit: Acceptance.

Modern Day Singing Telegram: Sax Fifth Avenue Surprise

One of my closest friends, Cire Campbell, asked if he could hire me to surprise his wife Tracy as a “singing telegram” on Valentines Day!  I was honored to help make their day a special one and my wife and daughter pitched in as well.  See how it turned out:

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We had such a good time that I plan on doing it for a few more folks before State of Man hits the road, so if you are in Atlanta and need to give someone a special surpise, hit me up at john //at// johnstringerinc.com and I’ll see if I can help.