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6 Ways to Improve Your Career as an Artist in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

While there's never an immediate knowing of how a decision can impact your career, the longer you're in the business, the more you learn about how to navigate choices toward hopeful results.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: F-F-F-Fifty?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I often say (and you've probably heard me say it), that when I started out in this business of writing songs I was twenty. Everyone else was twenty. Now I'm fifty-something and everyone else is five. I'm exaggerating about the five, but you know what I mean.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: (Not So) Gently Down the Stream

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

If you've been in the songwriting business for more that a few years, you've undoubtedly seen your royalty statements fizzle so I'm sure this statement will make you crazy: Spotify is worth more than the entire U.S. music industry.

Ted Gioia's Bar Talk: Can a Musicologist Make Club Owners Pay More?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

How many club owners would ask Lady Gaga or Keith Jarrett to play for free? None. Why? Because both artists can generate ticket sales and bar receipts that exceed their fees -- a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the club owner and the artist, which is how it must be.

5 Keys to Consider with a Label Deal in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

A fairytale ending can certainly happen for an artist in the music business, but it usually comes in the form of having a wise and learned advocate who can point out the dangers that lie ahead in hopes of helping them navigate the landscape.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Songland

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Songland will be giving the average American aspiring songwriter a chance to pitch their song to top artists and producers in hopes that it will become an international smash.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: How to Find That Magic Line... or Not

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I've learned from experience, the best way to recharge my brain is to turn it off -- for a half hour at least. When I wake, my synapses will be fresh. The word or the line that eluded me before, will reveal itself voluntarily. And I will feel like a fool for not having seen it sooner.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Broadway

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I took my 17-year-old daughter to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, over spring break. Before we went to New York, and in anticipation of the show, I'm happy to say she "pre-acclimated" herself with Ms. King's music and all of its non-Auto-Tuned perfect imperfection.

The 'Zero Effect': Do New Consumption Charts Penalize Compilation Records and Artists Who Window?

Chris Castle | Posted 05.31.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Castle

The number of plays from some music streaming services are now being included with sales results to rank releases in various music industry "charts" -- the standard reference point for success in the commercial music business. What are these new charts actually measuring?

What's Up With the Single?:Album Sales and the Malleability of the Promotional Song

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

The power residing in the single is malleable. Perhaps the time has come for musicians and label executives to begin treating singles and albums as two separate entities.

Confession of a Serial Songwriter: Why a Passion on the Side Is a Must

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Things happen mysteriously when we're not trying so hard to make them happen. Rain falls. Hits go up charts. Babies are born. Podcast get syndicated. Why does it feel like water boils so much faster when we're not tapping our foot and holding a tea bag.

One Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I hope I encouraged one girl to find the joy in putting even painful words on paper. I hope I sang something that will help one girl look in the mirror tomorrow and like herself a little more.

Mini-Pad Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Now I'm not recommending that you affix a feminine hygiene product to your iPad when you're on your way to meet a prospective collaborator. This was something that happened quite inadvertently.

A Confessions of a Serial Songwriter Merry Bliss-Mas

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future, records will be flying off the shelves again. Well, probably not. But who could have predicted CDs? Or iTunes? Or Lady Gaga? It's hard to tell what will come about next.

And the Winner Is...

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Reality singing competitions are great opportunities for songwriters. After all, whoever wins is going to need an album's worth of material. But I h...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Slumdog Millionairess

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel
Shelly Peiken

I went to India to clear my head, to give my songs a different point of view. But the Universe has a way of saying "Ha" all the time. Back in the safety of my Laurel Canyon nest, I couldn't write a word for weeks. In fact, a pop song was the last thing on my mind.

I'm a Pop Singer and Spotify Works for Me

Catey Shaw | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Catey Shaw

To spend more of our time trying to push people back to buying records is an exercise in futility. The smart ones will find a different way. Spotify could be that way, and if it isn't, it can definitely help transition us into a world where streaming is key, and CDs are just plastic circles.

Taylor: Swift Boat or Love Boat

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.

So Your Kid Wants to Write Songs

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

When parents ask me how they can help their child be a songwriter, I pause. I don't want to hurt their feelings. Sometimes I'm afraid to tell them what I think. It may not be what they want to hear.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: iPhone Wrist

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I've noticed a dull ache in the base of my right hand at the end of the day. I have iPhone wrist. It's like tennis elbow. Except it's not from tennis and it doesn't involve an elbow. I can't be the only one.

Millennials & The Music Business: Inverting the Hierarchy

Keith Clinkscales | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Keith Clinkscales

A rising generation native to technology has forever shifted the power in the music business. Born into a world that is on-demand, all access, and is ...

5178 Gigs: Our 40th Musical Anniversary

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

It won't be noted in any of the trade papers, but Oct. 15 marks the 40th anniversary of my first public performance with my wife and musical partner Suzanne Smithline.

Protecting Your Heart in the Music Business

Patrick Hess | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Early on in the process of building my son's music career, I sought advice from an industry veteran who is also a faith-based family man like I try to be. I asked him what I could do as a father and manager of my son to help him most. His advice was simply three words: 'Protect his heart.'

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Shouting out to a Teacher Who Changed My Life

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Shelly Peiken

He humored me and assigned me to the right (as opposed to the left) side of the bleachers with the sopranos. I strained to reach the notes.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: The Urge to Purge

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Shelly Peiken

Since I started writing this I've filled up four big blue Costco bags with clothes I haven't worn in years, which I'll drop at Goodwill later this afternoon. And then I'll get started on the makeup drawer. I feel 10 pounds lighter just thinking about it.