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Music Business
October 20, 2016

That Millennial Whoop Sound Everyone is Loving to Hate

Ever since musician, Patrick Metzger, shed light on the millennial whoop, a sequential melodic hook that is present in many pop songs, music lovers have been losing their collective minds as to just how prevalent the trend is. There have been countless other well-known tracks identified as ‘suffering’ from the same recurring beat.
Music Business
October 15, 2016

No Tricks, Just Treats

Are you getting ready to go trick or treating for Halloween? Or maybe getting in the frame of mind for the festive season? Whatever the case, we thought it was an ideal time to break out a few treats – just for you. We know you’re always looking to save money and that’s just what this bag of goodies is about. Here’s the deal, whenever you choose any of our premium music production services, you’ll get credit that goes towards your next order.
Music Business
October 11, 2016

What is the San Francisco Music Tech Summit?

The 18th San Francisco Music Tech Summit in California happens on October 17 this year and the SongCat founders will be among the list of guests. That’s right; we’ll be at the famous Hotel Kabuki in the Japantown area, speaking to a crowd that usually consists of many of the who’s who from the technological and music worlds.
Music Business
October 6, 2016

Insider Secrets from Successful Songwriters

The life of a songwriter can be rather unpredictable but the promise of glorious uncertainty is enough motivation for many. This is a statement many songwriters, who have managed to find some level of success, can attest to. For hit makers, such as Sia, Ester Dean, and even the great Bob Dylan, the keys to finding success are pretty similar.
Music Business
October 3, 2016

Songwriters Left Out in the Cold as Music Industry Records Rare Growth

The rise in streaming services has helped to boost real growth in music industry revenues for the first time in almost twenty years, as reported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in late September.
Music Business
September 29, 2016

How to Write Songs That Have Commercial Appeal

Songwriting is a very personal process that involves sharing not just your talent but also your story and experiences through your own cultural lens. But if your goal in writing songs is to sell them to popular artists then you need to create music that also has commercial appeal.
Music Business
September 23, 2016

10 Things you Probably Didn’t Know About The Radio City Music Hall

The Radio City Music Hall in New York City is a worldwide attraction staging huge music concerts. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles and BB King have all appeared on the Great Stage. Today, the Music Hall continues to attract celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and has remained a magical place for people in the spotlight.
Music Business
September 22, 2016

5 First Steps to Getting Noticed in the Music Industry

Making it in the music industry (whatever ‘making it’ means for you) is no easy feat. Despite all the new technologies that have come on stream in recent times, the basic formula for success has remained pretty much the same – talent + passion + hard work + dedication. Luck is sometimes part of the equation.
Music Business
September 14, 2016

A Very Special Thank You From The Founders

This message is just to let you know that you’re awesome (just in case nobody told you lately) and that we thank you wholeheartedly for being a part of SongCat's journey. You are the reason for us being here. Our calling is not just about having a good idea, but having a vision of making it possible for more songwriters to fulfill their musical dreams.
Music Business
September 13, 2016

The Bill Dees Story: A Classic Rags-to-riches Inspiration for Songwriters

After his death almost four years ago, the Bill Dees story is still one of the most classic rags-to-riches inspirations any songwriter could hope to emulate. Not many broke and penniless songwriters would have taken the risk of driving their young family to another city, while facing the possibility of the car not making it.
Music Business
September 10, 2016

Let’s Talk About Music Licensing

In recent times, the issue of who has the rights to use music and for what purposes has been a major talking point for many people, including music creators, artists, and the consuming public. Access to music has been reduced to having an internet connection and a mobile device nowadays, which makes music licensing more important than ever before.
Music Business
August 29, 2016

The Difference Between EP and LP

If you’re planning to put out new music, you will need to figure out which release format is best at the given time. Should you release a single, an EP, or an LP? While it is pretty obvious as to what a single is, if you’re new to the music business, the difference between an EP and an LP may not be all that clear to you. As usual, you can count on us to help you out. So, what’s the difference?
Music Business
August 24, 2016

10 Resources to Help You Choose the Best Guitar

Are you in need of a guitar? Owning a guitar could be the biggest game-changer to how you approach creating music. That’s because guitars, whether electric or acoustic, are highly versatile and can assist greatly in how you write your lyrics, create melodies, and perform your songs. However, choosing the best guitar is not always easy because there are so many available that suit different types of music and playing styles.
Music Business
August 8, 2016

How Sia Rose to the Top by Swimming Against the Tide

For the first time in her career, Sia has hit the top of the Billboard Charts with her party anthem, “Cheap Thrills.” But the song could easily have been credited to, Rihanna, if it was accepted by the management team of the Barbadian pop princess.
Music Business
July 29, 2016

How Weather Influenced the Music of the '60s and Beyond

The 1960s has gone down as one of the most pivotal and revolutionizing decades as far as pop and rock music are concerned. From The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to Bob Dylan and The Supremes, the music landscape was impacted by a diverse array of talent and styles during the period.
Music Business
July 26, 2016

Apple Taking Aim at Spotify? This is A Must Read for All Songwriters

If you’ve been following the ongoing row between music creators and a number of digital streaming services about songwriter compensation, then you probably would have heard about the recent proposal by Apple, which also swiped at Spotify. No worries if you didn’t, we’ve got you covered as usual.
Music Business
July 25, 2016

What is the Fair Trade Music International Initiative?

The Fair Trade Music International (FTMI) initiative came about in response to deficiencies in the way music is distributed and how music creators are compensated. Conceptualized in 2007, Fair Trade Music represents many tens of thousands of songwriters, composers, and musical artists from all over the world.
Music Business
July 11, 2016

6 Do's and Don’ts When Pitching a Song

Like most serious songwriters who are looking for their big break, you’ve probably sought opportunities to pitch your songs to accomplished acts. From trying to get your foot in the door via your cousin who works at the café frequented by Adam Levine, to hobnobbing with countless bigwigs who are close to an artist you are interested in, you have probably tried all the ways to land a pitch.
Music Business
July 7, 2016

How To License A Cover Song For A Music Video

Recording a cover version of a song and shooting a video for it could help get you quick recognition in a crowded marketplace, especially if you’re an unknown artist. However, if you do not get proper authorization to cover a song and/or publish a music video for it, you could find yourself in deep trouble.
Music Business
June 30, 2016

DMCA Reforms Sought By Superstars as Dissatisfaction with YouTube Grows

Over 180 artists have pledged support for immediate reforms to be made to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States. The list of artists boasts big names such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Pharrell, and they have received backing from a number of music bodies, including ASCAP, the RIAA, Kobalt, along with big name publishers and record labels.
Music Business
June 30, 2016

6 Popular Slangs in Music and What They Mean

If you’re constantly keeping up with the terminologies, you should know what 420 and many other popular music phrases mean. But if not, don’t worry. These are just a few slangs that have become embedded in music and pop culture in recent times. The following short list of popular slangs should be enough to mess with your head, if even for a little while.
Music Business
June 1, 2016

Get Up To Speed With the Money Your Music Makes In Real Time

Are you a songwriter, artist or musician with work released all over the place? Keeping track of what you earn will prove hard to do if you just leave it up to your handlers. Not that you shouldn’t trust your manager et al, but wouldn’t it be simpler if you could get real time updates on the revenue your music is making, whether it’s on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify?
Music Business
May 26, 2016

Minding Mental Health in the Music Industry

The glamour of the music business often masks the toll that it can take on the minds of artists, regardless of their mental fortitude. From substance abuse to weird behavior, many artists simply become overwhelmed with the pressure of constantly being in the spotlight and the expectations placed on them.
Music Business
May 10, 2016

Beyonce’s Lemonade Comes Under Fire for Lack of Originality

While the Beehive has been abuzz with the controversies and mysteries surrounding Beyonce’s latest compilation, Lemonade, a number of detractors have been calling attention to its numerous songwriting credits. Some of the writing credits seem unimaginable to say the least, leaving many to wonder how they got on the album in the first place.
Music Business
April 28, 2016

Songwriters Stand Together to Force Amendment to Contentious Songland Agreement

Adam Levine’s Songland, has created a stir in the public space, albeit for the wrong reasons. A show developed specifically for songwriters, Songland spurred a social media firestorm after concerns were raised about its terms and conditions.
Music Business
May 2, 2016

Sometimes It's Better Not To Walk Away.... But To Run!

Aaaw, the music industry. A cozy place full of honest and nice people. Money grows on trees, rivers run liquid gold, and everyone who believes hard enough lives in castles overlooking the ocean under lush, green palm trees. Okay, time to wake up now.
Music Business
April 20, 2016

You (Yes, YOU) Can Write a Golden Globe Nominated Song with Google

“Simple Song #3” has taken not only the music industry, but the film industry, by storm. Appearing as the final song and the musical climax for the movie “Youth” starring Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, and Harvey Keitel, “Simple Song #3” has been nominated for a Golden Globe in 2016.
Music Business
April 15, 2016

Online Music Production Company SongCat Presents At the Prestigious Canadian Music Week

Offering music production, mixing & mastering, session singers & musicians and consulting, our innovative enterprise will participate May 5 in the ‘CMW Startup Launch Pad’. In its 34th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier music conferences and festivals in North America.
Music Business
April 14, 2016

Tremendous Ways For Songwriters To Get Their Songs Heard

Multitude of ways for songwriters to have their song heard exist. Getting your song heard doesn't end with music distribution. Songwriters actually have a responsibility to promote their songs. It counts long after they publish and distribute their music.
Music Business
April 7, 2016

6 Famous Songs With Misunderstood Meanings

While seemingly pretty straightforward, many mainstream classics have turned out to be different in meaning from what the general populace thinks, resulting in ‘Ah-haa’ moments and ruined childhood memories.
Music Business
March 24, 2016

Is James Bay Set to Emulate the Beatles U.S. Takeover?

A number of solo acts, duos and groups from the UK have all managed to make an impact on American radio and even having a U.S. fan base, but none with the impact of the Beatles. However, the fresh new English acoustic rock singer and songwriter, James Bay, may just be the one to break that mold.
Music Business
March 10, 2016

Radio Stations Eager To Add New Christmas Songs To Their Playlists

Is it really so weird to think about Christmas so early? It isn't even April yet! Interestingly enough, people are thinking about doing Christmas a little earlier than everyone else.
Music Business
February 24, 2016

5 Gripping Album Covers Since The Beginning of 2016

With almost two months gone in 2016, a lot of music has already been released for the not so New Year. Numerous albums have been released in the short period, which not only offer listeners tons of listening material but also displays of interesting album art.
Music Business
February 11, 2016

If You Want a Smash Hit Worldwide, It Pays To Collaborate

2015 was a pretty big year in music. Across the board and between genres, 2015 had some of the biggest hits that the music scene has ever seen, both financially and overall popularity. Adele made the world stop with “Hello” and Drake had everyone dancing to the “Hotline Bling”.
Music Business
February 6, 2016

Mean Comments: When Your Self-Esteem Is At Stake

So how do you deal with such toxic people? There are much better ways of handling these types of people. As Taylor Swift says, “Haters gonna hate…” and all you can do is “get that dirt off your shoulder”, as Jay-Z so eloquently put it.
Music Business
February 4, 2016

The Biggest Misconception of the Music Industry… According to The Big Guys

The music industry has plenty of myths. Don't believe it? Well, try googling articles and interviews about the so-called mysterious world. Even people who have been in the industry for years agree. The music industry is still pretty mysterious.
Music Business
January 13, 2016

What Are The Main Differences Between Songs Written For TV/Film And Specifically For Artist Placements?

Songs written for film are more vague in their desired emotional response. Rather than attempt to convey a specific detailed memory, the songwriters must be able to evoke a more ubiquitous feeling for the audience.
Music Business
December 17, 2015

Were Songs Really Better 30 Years Ago?

This is one of those questions that comes up all the time, be it on the Internet, on the radio, or in the pub, so not wishing to be a party-pooper, we thought we would write our own thoughts on the subject.
Music Business
November 25, 2015

Songwriter Equity Act: How Will it Affect Songwriters?

Much is being written about the Songwriter Equity Act at the moment and one can understand why but what is it and, probably more important for regular readers, how will it affect songwriters?
Music Business
November 15, 2015

5 Unique Christmas Gifts Musicians Will Love To Have

Among the trickiest individuals to buy gifts for? Musicians. Why are musicians so hard to buy for?
Music Business
September 28, 2015

Digging for Gold: A Music Listener’s Journal

When was the last time you heard a record that truly astonished you; that reconfigured your concept of music by stretching the boundaries of creativity?
Music Business
August 23, 2015

Are Streaming Playlists Becoming Like Radio Playlists?

Like social media, streaming playlists are viral in nature: Add a track to a popular playlist and listeners as well as friends’ listeners will save the song to their playlists.
Music Business
August 9, 2015

Full Production Or Scaled Down Demo?

This question many songwriters ask themselves these days. Obviously, a scaled down demo is the cheaper option to choose, but will it take you to your ultimate goal of placing the song? Despite recent rumors about this, the answer is NO, it won't.
Music Business
August 2, 2015

International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

International Songwriting Competition aims to provide songwriters with the opportunity to have their songs heard in a professional, international setting.
Music Business
July 27, 2015

SoundCloud At Risk Of Exhausting Cash

In order to survive, SoundCloud continues to borrow money. Surprised? Some of the biggest companies have never made a profit, and it’s not that uncommon.
Music Business
July 22, 2015

Crackdown: Millions Of Dollars In Undeclared Royalties

A crackdown on music industry tax cheats is on track to uncover millions of dollars hidden by Australia’s musicians and composers, including some of our rock and pop stars.
Music Business
August 2, 2015

Another Blow to Youtube's Dominance

Normally, people go to YouTube to watch music videos. But Facebook’s on a quest to conquer the video world, and it’s mounting an assault on YouTube’s most lucrative province.
Music Business
July 12, 2015

How to Get Your Songs Heard? (Part 2)

People don’t realize that, at least half of the time, the artist that you hear singing a song was not the one who wrote it. In some cases, a group of people are responsible for the hit songs you hear on the radio.
Music Business
July 11, 2015

How to Get Your Songs Heard? (Part 1)

There are certain things you need to do if you want to get a musician or recording artist to show interest in your songs. The most important thing is to ensure that the recordings of your songs meet certain standards of quality.
Music Business
June 28, 2015

3 Reasons Why Your Music Could Be Rejected For Radio Airplay

What may have stopped you getting that big break on the radio are fairly vast and will need you to be very open minded about what might have caused this issue. Here are three of the main reasons why your music could be rejected by a radio station.
Music Business
June 25, 2015

An Island turned into an Idyllic Music Hub

The UK-based promoter behind Croatia’s Unknown Festival has acquired the island of Obonjan, which it plans to turn into the world’s first curated entertainment tourist destination.
Music Business
June 23, 2015

Apple Music In The Spotlight: Artists' Satisfaction Could Become Turbulent Again

Apple had been, for the most part, a good partner for record labels and artists since 2003, when the iTunes store first opened. The company's recent moves were met with incredulity.
Music Business
June 23, 2015

Future Generations of Musicians: Gene Simmons Blames the Fans and Defends Labels

Speaking to Planet Rock in advance of their set at last week’s Download Festival, he said record companies “gave bands money that they never had to pay back — ever!
Music Business
June 14, 2015

More Than 45 Countries Have Signed Up To The Global Release Day Initiative

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has formally announced that July 10 will mark the beginning of the "global release day" on Fridays as part of an agreement between 45 nations involved.
Music Business
June 10, 2015

How To Find Motivation When Beyonce Almost Makes You Leave The Music Industry

Ultravox singer Ure says competing with acts half his age who had songs "written by committee" made him question his future in the industry.
Music Business
June 4, 2015

Tensions Are Rising In The Music Business - Apple Perceived As The Dominant Force Again

Steve Jobs didn’t believe music fans would ever pay to “subscribe” to streaming music. Nonetheless, Apple goes against the wisdom of its founder: the company is expected to announce a music streaming service at its developer's conference in San Francisco.
Music Business
May 29, 2015

Musicians Shocked: $15,000 Fees For Feature In An Upcoming Film

Filmmakers tend to pay lower fees for songs by singers and bands, believing they are giving them a break by just putting their songs in films. A Film and TV company came up with a different deal for artists.
Music Business
May 19, 2015

Soundcloud’s Battle To Appear In The Eyes Of Major Labels Continues

Sony has removed Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Passion Pit, Leon Bridges, Miguel and Hozier, among others from the streaming site after accusing SoundCloud of not providing enough options for it to make money from the music it hosts.
Music Business
May 5, 2015

An Important Victory For Artists And The Entire Music Industry

Grooveshark was one of the first online services that let you play almost any song you wanted, on demand, with no restrictions. It closed down Thursday and it won’t be coming back, according to a statement on the website.
Music Business
April 30, 2015

Spotify, Now Worth More Than The US Music Industry

Top commercial music streaming service Spotify is, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, worth more than the US music industry.
Music Business
February 5, 2015

Troubles on the Road: Music Distribution and the Inherent Problem

Yet, this creative process has, over the past number of years, become monetized. Despite the pool of talent out there, only a steady stream of artists break enough charts to have their music played frequently on radio stations.
Music Business
February 25, 2015

What could be a better way to show the world your creation than to make astonishing demo songs?

So you want to make it big in the music industry. It does not end after you’ve decided on your song’s general theme, nor does it end after you’ve thought about the melody and wrote the lyrics. Music production is equally important.
Music Business
January 16, 2015

How to Send a Music Demo to Publishers

Do you have what it takes to be the next songwriting sensation? If your answer is yes, then you should probably start making a music demo and send it to publishers! Try these steps on how to submit your very own demo.
Music Business
January 1, 2015

Creating A Successful Demo: Show Your Personality

You may have read different tips and tricks on how to submit a music demo to A&R companies. But there is one vital tip that not many people tell you when you’re creating a music demo.
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