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

A Genius Approach To Songwriting

Watch the video below to find out why you should pick up one of my favorite songwriting resources and writer’s block cures here for 25% OFF!

I’ve been writing songs for 19 years and thanks to the resource I share in this video, I’ve learned how to tap into my creative genius AT WILL.  You can, too!

You can also hear my latest collaborative writing at the official State of Man website.

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One of the Pay Offs I enjoy in Music

One of the many payoffs music has brought to my life (one of the reason I have a passion for music) is the positive impact it can have on peoples lives.

With that in mind, I’m grateful to share with you the SUCCESS State of Man’s music is achieving:
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What do Haley Williams, Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and John Stringer all have in common?

Question: What do Haley Williams, Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and John Stringer all have in common?

The Answer: We all have the same vocal coach Singing Success!

But hopefully, I pay a lot less than they do!

This video of Haley Williams (Paramore) tells you about her experience with the program:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx2QNj6nJz0]

I really like Haley Williams’ voice and if you caught the episode of Sophie’s Lounge on Sophie 103’s website (HERE) featuring State of Man’s live acoustic performance and interview, then you probably heard me doing one of the vocal warm up techniques she uses.

Though the techniques sound funny, they are the same ones not only Haley and I use, but plenty of other artists including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Miley Cyrus use them as well. thanks to the critically acclaimed vocal methods found in the  Singing Success program by Brett Manning.   The program costs $199 and it is well worth it.

I posted a review on the  Singing Success program before (here) but wanted to make sure anyone serious about becoming a great singer checks it out.  The before and after videos on the site will amaze you, and once you actually use it, you’ll understand exactly why the program is called Singing Success!

Enjoy!

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.

Adele: Am I the only person that found out about her via the 51st Grammys?

Adele at 51st Grammys - www.upi.com

Adele at 51st Grammys - www.upi.com

Before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony this year, I’d never heard of the 20 year old, British (now two time Grammy winner) artist Adele.   Naturally, I’m curious as to how many of you knew of her before the Grammys and how you found out about her.   Did you find out about her on radio in your city? Did you find out about her from a friend?

I’m curious about this primarily because TODAY, I finally listened to her music and was moved to tears.  I am  AMAZED that I’m just now HEARING this!

OK… for those that have not heard her, please don’t let my reaction cause you to over expect.  As we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case, in the ear!  With so much talent and soul coming from a British female artist, and the fact the she won best new artist of the year, I couldn’t help but think of Amy Winehouse and hope Adele’s personal life goes much smoother.

Check out Adele’s video for “Make You Feel My Love”  ( also known as “To Make You Feel My Love“, written by Bob Dylan, appearing on his album Time Out of Mind)  and let me know what you think.  Her voice was so striking to me in this song that I had to listen three times to finally focus on the lyrics:
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0put0_a–Ng]

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