How to chart on Billboard with Download Cards

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I’m pleased to announce that we (IndieHitMaker) just launched the public version of the new ChartBuster Program which shows independent artists exactly how to succeed with Download Cards and SoundScan.  In fact, we helped the very first “beta” artist we enrolled  get their first top 20 single on the Billboard charts in less than a month.

If you are an independent artist or comedian who tours and sales recorded material at your live shows and you’d like to increase your sales, fan base and charting potential,  this may be the program for you:

http://www.indiehitmaker.com/Indiehitmaker_Charbuster.html

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Recieved this Congratulations from The Recording Academy’s President/CEO

I just read this in my email and I must say, its interesting news for recording artists! Probably not so great for Radio, though.

“Dear Recording Academy Member:

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee considered our major legislative initiative, The Performance Rights Act. As I’ve written to you many times before, the bill closes the “corporate radio loophole” and makes terrestrial radio play by the same rules as Internet and satellite radio by compensating the performers of the music they play.

It’s been a long road to get here, with many Academy members testifying before Congress, flying to Washington to lobby, and sending literally thousands of emails. Last week, we asked Academy members from the states of key Senators to weigh in with their support. Hundreds of you did, and your voices were heard loud and clear–the Committee voted to APPROVE the measure.

With May’s successful House Judiciary vote behind us, today’s vote was the final committee action before the bill can be considered by the full Congress. While there is much work left to get final passage, today’s historic vote marks the most significant progress on a nearly 80 year quest for performance rights for artists. Congratulations on this important victory and a special thank you to the Recording Academy members who called their Senators in the past week.

Kind regards,
Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy”

The truth about US CD sales, Soundscan and the independent artist.

Although most of us are all too familiar with the plight of the major label CD sales business model, the truth is, CD sales remains a viable source of revenue for performing independent, DIY and unsigned artists.  That trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down iether.

Unfortunately, the majority of these sales go unreported to Soundscan, but we’ve put out a free report to not only shed light on this issue, but to assist independent artists with leveraging ALL their sales:

FREE report on Soundscan and the independent Artist

Enjoy and be sure to post your comments regarding this FREE report.

Avoid two pitfalls most artists never overcome

John Stringer performing with State of ManThey key to becoming a better singer/songwriter, performing artist is GROWTH.
Grow for the better in every area you can.

Here are two quick resources I became an affiliate of because they helped me overcome two very common artist pitfalls – not growing as a songwriter and not growing as a singer:

1. The Songwriting Genius Within You
Simply put, one of the best writing resources I’ve found that goes beyond simple song structure and a lot of the basic tips you find in other songwriting courses.  This is about little-known techniques that help you tap into true Genius and the science behind it.   You also get a great discount from the author of this remarkable resource by clicking here.

2. Singing Success
Vocal coach to the stars (Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Haley Williams  & more)  and creator of Singing Success, an amazingly effective vocal training program you can download online, Brett Manning will help you improve your voice and gain a full octave – Guaranteed!  I’ve written about this resource many times because I use it and it works.  Click here to see for yourself.

Enjoy!

Its finally here!

Not something you see every day!

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Its a great day to be a State of Man fan becuase the full length album “In This Place” for State of Man is available today through iTunes, Amazon and more, ahead of the physical release this Summer!

Please take a minute to have a listenthrough iTunes or Amazon and be one of the first to get a copy!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

PS~ feel free to share this post with a friend you think may enjoy the message and music of State of Man!

Thanks,

John Stringer

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New Indie Artists Plan for Live show CD reporting to Soundscan

Quick update on IndieHitMaker.com. We launched a brand new “Pay Per Report” pricing plan for independent touring artists that allows them to sign up for Venue Sales Reporting (live show CD Sales reporting) to Soundscan for only $33 a year and $5 per report. Its great for artist with only a few shows lined up each month but they want to ensure they are reporting their sales.

Of course, for busier artists, we still have the monthly and annual plans (greatest overall savings).

Check it out here: http://www.indiehitmaker.com/Indiehitmaker_Register.html