April 26, 2017

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Spinnup artist Milwin signed by Polydor!

We are so proud to announce our 31st artist signing, Sweden’s Milwin! Not only has he signed to Polydor Sweden, but is releasing his new single ”Follow Your Heart” today!

Edwin Lindberg, known as ”Milwin” is a 20-year old music producer from Uddevalla who’s whole life has revolved around music. As a kid he showed an interest in playing drums, so his grandfather bought him a drum set. This drum set eventually turned into a guitar and then into a piano, in other words – this guy is a musical genius. The knowledge of how to play so many instruments inspired him to learn how to DJ and to produce music. In 2015 Milwin released his first single ”Coming After You” through Spinnup which received a huge number of streams!

”Follow Your Heart” is the single that Milwin is releasing with today, and the story behind this song is quite interesting.

Milwin actually found an early version of this track made by artist ”Sha”, who is based in Nigeria, on Soundcloud and asked him if they could re-work the track, and so the magic happened! After they released the song through Spinnup a while ago the Spinnup team in Sweden picked it up and showed it to the A&Rs at the local Polydor office, which resulted in a new signing!

Stream “Follow Your” Heart on Spotify below, or stream/download from the other stores.

We are so excited about this and congratulate Milwin on his signing!

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How long does it take to get a top 10 hit?

We all know AC/DC’s anthemic single ‘Highway to Hell’, but did you know it took 40 years for the legendary band to get a top 10 hit?

While some artists like Chuck Berry and The Kinks found chart success almost overnight, many waited years if not decades for a hit. And some legendary acts like P-Funk and Velvet Underground NEVER had a top-10 song in the US or UK.

Visualising the birth of top hits from the greatest artists
Life and Times of the Greatest Artists visualises the careers of the 100 greatest artists according to Rolling Stone Magazine, and shows how long each artist took to score their first top 10 single in the US or UK.

What does the study show?

The longest wait
James Brown had to wait 12 years, AC/DC had to wait 40 years – even Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, had to wait 7. The average wait for a hit was 6 years.

See the 10 artists with the longest wait for a hit below:

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1. AC/DC – 40 years with “Highway To Hell” in 2013

2. Public Enemy – 25 years with “Harder Than You Think” in 2007

3. Grateful Dead – 22 years with “Touch Of Grey” in 1987

4. Nine Inch Nails – 17 years with “The Hand That Feeds” in 2005

5. Curtis Mayfield – 16 years with “Freddie’s Dead” in 1972

6. Bruce Springsteen – 16 years with “Hungry Heart” in 1980

7. Johnny Cash – 15 years with “A Boy Named Sue” in 1969

8. Bob Marley – 13 years with “No Woman, No Cry” in 1975

9. Ray Charles – 12 years with “What’d I Say” in 1959

10. Jay Z – 12 years with “Hard Knock Life” in 1998

No-Hit Wonders
The visualisation also shows the 9 artists that never ever had a hit, despite having careers that lasted decades:

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Among these:
Howlin’ Wolf
Bo Diddley
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Filters can be used to explore how these artists’ careers overlapped/intersected and to answer the following questions;
Which artist had the longest and shortest career?
Who had a comeback?
Which decade produced the most “great artists”?
Artists belonging to which genre of music had the longest wait for a hit?

Overnight success or decades of effort?
The piece would make a cool story for anyone that’s been plugging away for a while without a hit, as it challenges the preconception that the greats achieved chart success straight away, or that their musical vision were somehow fully formed from the start.

Explore the full interactive chart here – don’t blame us if you find you’ve lost minutes or hours of your time playing around with it

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Great deal on covert art design!

 

When you’ve put so much effort into your music, don’t let your release down by pairing it with anything but amazing cover art.

A great track needs a great artwork – with millions of songs on Spotify and Apple Music these days you definitely need a professional cover art to stand out in the crowd.

Our friends at Cover Art Factory have always given Spinnup artists 10% in store, and even helped us celebrate reaching 100,000 artists by offering a limited time offer that was three times that during our special free release period.

We are so excited to announce that Cover Art Factory now offer a huge 25% discount on all of their products!

Cover Art Factory is the #1 online design service for the music industry. In addition to cover art design they also create lyric videos, social media design, band logos and much more. All designs are created by professional, verified designers and always with fixed, affordable fees and fast delivery.

We’ve had great reviews from the numerous Spinnup artists who have used Cover Art Factory in the past. So make sure you take advantage of this special offer, as it will only last until May 31, 2017.

To receive 25% off all products at coverartfactory.com, use code SPINNUP25 at checkout.

 

 

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Spinnup x SAE Institute Songwriting Camp 2017

Last weekend Spinnup Sweden teamed up with the audio production-school SAE Institute for a Songwriting Camp, and MAGIC was created!

The day started at 10am at Soundtrade Studios where current and old students of SAE gathered at the school for an introduction with different briefs to work on. They were divided into groups and kept working together for the whole day and the results from this were amazing!

We hope to hear some new releases from this songwriting camp coming through Spinnupvery soon! Well done to all the songwriters who attended and worked hard all day, and big thanks to all the people who participated and help put on a great day!

Check out some of the photos from the songwriting camp below, or view them all on Facebook.

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Denniz Pop Awards

Do you want the chance to win one of Scandinavias biggest awards?

You as a artist, band, songwriter and producer should apply for this great prize “Rookie Award” at Denniz Pop Awards. You’ll get recognized and judged by some of the biggest people in the music industry like Tove Lo, Max Martin and many more. The prize is a great push in your music career, and $10.000!!!

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Last day to apply for this is on May 7th
So hurry up and get your songs ready to send them in!
You can enter here: dennizpopawards.com/enter

What is Denniz Pop Awards?

In 2013, the members of the Swedish music company Cheiron started Denniz Pop Award to honor one of the greatest songwriter and producer of Sweden whose name was Dag Krister Volle, but people around the world know him as Denniz Pop.

Before Denniz Pop passed away in cancer in 1998, he worked closely with artists like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Nsync and put his mark on the new sound of pop that became big in the world in that era.

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Denniz Pop Awards is a non-profit event for aspiring artists, songwriter and producers with great potential and to win a award here helps liftning them to reach a music career on an international level.

The jury consists some of the greatest artists, songwriters and producers of Scandinavia and most of them were close friends and colleagues of Denniz Pop. Max Martin, Tove Lo, Laleh, Rami Yacoub and Andreas Carlsson just to name a few!

This is something we want all our Spinnup-members to apply to! Who knows, maybe you will get something interesting out of applying to this 😉

Enter here 

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Stockholm Showcase, brought to you by Spinnup intern, Isabella

Hi Guys,

This is Isabella, I’m an intern at Spinnup in Sweden, working out of the Universal Music offices in Stockholm. I’m currently in my last year of studies at the ”Music & Event” education at Campus Nyköping and in order for me to get my Diploma my last assignment is to run a project within the music business – completely on my own! As I am already spending most of my time here at Spinnup, I thought it was a great opportunity to arrange an event with Spinnup artists!

Over the past few weeks I have been putting together a special event here in Stockholm that will a) help me finish my studies, and b) showcase some great local Swedish Spinnup talent!  There will be two Spinnup acts performing at the showcase. Headlining the night is Fristaden, a Swedish pop/rock-band quite new here at Spinnup, who inspired by artists such as Jakob Karlberg and Coldplay. Their recent single is called ”Happy Pride”, a fun track that is a tribute to the Pride festival.
Watch Fristaden’s latest music video below.

 

Supporting Fritsaden is acoustic singer-songwriter Marcus Alexander, who has been with us at Spinnup for quite some time now and streaming really well on Spotify! Inspired by acts such as John Mayer and Ed Sheeran to name a few, Marcus’ beautiful voice is sure to wow you!
Have a listen to Marcus Alexander here

I’ve had the great opportunity to work and collaborate with sponsorship partners, who I approached to help put on the event. I am so happy that Propercorn, Fazer and N1CE Company have all come on board as sponsors for the night! Thanks to their support we will hand out goodie bags to all early birds and N1CE Company (founded by world famous DJ Sebastian Ingrosso!) will be there to hand out cocktail ice cream. I am so excited to be throwing this event, and if you’re in or near Stockholm, we’re more than happy to invite you to come and share this evening with us!

Spinnup Showcase

Thursday 4th May
Kåken, Stockholm: Regeringsgatan 66, 111 39 Stockholm, Sweden
Free entrance!
19:30 o’clock
18+

Can’t wait to see you there!

Isabella

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Spotify for Artists makes verification easier

Want to get verified on Spotify and edit your artist profile?
It’s now easier than ever!

Spotify is very important to us here at Spinnup – it is one of the major online retailers we distribute each and every one of our artists to, and we collect Spotify trend data which we give to our artists in the ‘Stats & Activity‘ of their account, which we believe is very important to knowing how your music is going. Plus they started in Sweden, just like us!

Lately Spotify has been going through some changes, which can have an impact on each and every one of you, both as artists and as listeners. So if you find yourself asking, “what’s new with Spotify? And how will it affect me?” Well, we got you covered.

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Fan Insights / Spotify For Artists

Back in late 2015 we told you all about Spotify’s beta version of Fan Insights, but now *drumroll please* Fan Insights has been renamed ‘Spotify for Artists‘ and is available to all artists!

In the two years since Spotify launched data tools for artists, they have been talking (and listening) to artists and management teams all over the world to optimise this aspect of their service and make it as useful as possible.

Spotify describes the reincarnation of their data tool as “a one-stop shop designed to guide you through Spotify.” What they mean by this is Spotify for Artists will help you access improved audience insights, song data and play listing information

This helps you get to know your fans better by finding out where they live, how old they are, what features they’re using to discover your music, and what other artists they are listening to. Just read the testimonials of artists who have used the new Spotify data to make more informed touring and release decisions, which means you can too. 

As well as improving their data insights tools, it is now easier than ever to manage your Spotify artist profile and…

Get Verified!

No longer do you have to wait until you have 250 followers to even be able to apply for verification. Instead, now all you need to do is have access to Spotify for Artists!

If you don’t already have access to Spotify for artists, click here and follow the steps to access your account.

But if you’re already verified don’t worry, you don’t need to do anything to keep the pretty blue tick on your profile. The new verification system means you’ll use Spotify for Artists to add and remove playlists from your profile, but use your personal account to create and edit them.
Read more about Spotify’s new artist verification here.

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Artist Profile

Now that you’re a bonafide and verified Spotify artist you are able to freely edit your public profile! Get your creative hats on because now you can update your artist image as often as you change your outfit – sounds like a lot of work, but each to their own! You can also show people what music you’re jamming to by choosing your ‘artist’s pick’ that sits at the top of your profile, and add playlists – either ones you’ve created or your favourites that you want to share with your fans.

That’s a lot of info, so to break it down…

What does this mean for existing verified artists?

  • You will keep your verification and all playlists will remain
  • You will now add and remove playlists in Spotify for Artists, but you create and edit them from your personal account, like always
  • If you’re using Fan Insights, you need to switch to using Spotify for Artists

What if I’m not verified?

  • You can become verified really easily, simply by accessing Spotify for Artists, no more 250 followers!
  • You will need to add/remove playlists in Spotify for Artists, but create and edit them from your personal account
  • All blue ticks should appear around early May, so you may need to wait a few weeks for it to appear on your profile.

There is so much on offer here for you to take advantage of, so access Spotify for Artists and explore the full rundown of new features on the Spotify blog.

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The songwriting process, as explained in GIFs

Songwriting style always varies depending on the person. However, this unusual and very personal creative process is something that in the end connects each and every songwriter. If a picture says a thousand words, we bet these GIFs say even more to describe everything that happens during your songwriting process.

The moment, when you suddenly get an idea for a song

FINALLY!

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When someone interrupts you while you’re in the middle of writing

Why is that people ONLY need something when your inspirations finds you??

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When you forget the perfect melody you JUST came up with

Please, come back

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When you are utterly absorbed in the weird trance of writing

Dance fingers, dance!

When you realise how lit your song is so far

I see flames (and a GRAMMY maybe…)

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When you can’t finish your song because writer’s block or an emotional breakdown gets you

WHAT RHYMES WITH ‘PINEAPPLE’ AND WHY AM I USING THE WORD PINEAPPLE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?

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When you finish your chorus and realise how catchy it is

Self-appreciation is the key.

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When your amazing song is unfinished and hasn’t seen the light of day, but it still baffles you that no one appreciates your genius

Unacceptable.

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When you listen to your finished song and it actually turns out to be good

Be humble (or not.)

 

Soldier on friends, we’re right there with you.

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Spinnup distributes ‘Let Me Shine’ for Prior’s Court on World Autism Awareness Day

To raise awareness for World Autism Day on April 2nd, UK charity Prior’s Court has released the single ‘Let Me Shine’ on Spinnup, which was performed by the staff and young people at their Berkshire centre.

Written by Jamie Jay and Carlos Posada from Oxford four-piece Low Island, the song is performed by young people with severe autism and aims to raise awareness for the condition, as well as increase acceptance and understanding of the full spectrum.

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Prior’s Court work with 80 young people aged 5 to 25 from 40 authorities across the UK with severe autism and severe learning difficulties. 80% of the young people are non-verbal and all have significant difficulties with communication. Before joining Prior’s Court many children or young adults are in crisis, often with placements having broken down, and families struggling to cope. The specialist approach at Prior’s Court school and young adult provision enables the students to achieve progress in all areas of their lives.

“Accept me for who I am and let me shine.” 

“We were blown away by the incredible relationships we saw between the staff and young people, and wanted that sense of warmth and joy to come across in the song,” says Jamie and Carlos.Prior's Court song recording 3 - CEO and student

The accompanying video reflects the special bonds forged between students and their highly trained staff, and how crucial the 24-hour care and support provided by schools and colleges like Prior’s Court is for their development. The lyrics highlight this: “I have made a connection, A special bond…You and I are friends for life, Stand next to me, walk by my side.”

 

 

CEO, Mike Robinson, estimates that there are around 1000-1500 young people in the whole country who require the high level of specialist support provided by Prior’s Court. As he explains: “’Let Me Shine’ encapsulates in a number of ways what we’re trying to do at Prior’s Court. The core of it is that we’re trying to be as ambitious as we possibly can for our young people; letting our young people shine.”

Over several months the students were taught the song by staff, including the speech and language therapists using communication methods including signing, symbols and written words. Staff at Universal Music UK advised Prior’s Court on the set up of the release, and Spinnup donated the cost of distribution. We loved working with the people at Prior’s Court to distribute the release, and in the process learning more about the work they do and the young people they support.

 

Prior's Court song recording 2We are so proud to have been involved in the release of this beautiful and uplifting tack, the song is a testament to the achievements of the young people at Prior’s Court and the passion of the specialists who support them, and enable them to shine.

Please support Prior’s Court in the very important work they do by buying or streaming ‘Let Me Shine’ on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Napster and Tidal. All proceeds raised from the song will go directly towards supporting the young people in care at Prior’s Court.

You can also follow Prior’s Court on Facebook, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

For more information on Prior’s Court, please visit their website at priorscourt.org.uk

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How to manage your artist profile on Apple Music

We get a lot of people writing in to our support team asking if we can swap their picture on their Apple Music page, or edit something on their Spotify profile. While we would love to help, this is actually something you can do yourselves!

To make it all a bit easier, we’ve put together some tips on how to manage your Apple Music artist profile. We’ll be posting similar articles relating to all our digital partners, like Spotify, Deezer, Amazon and more so stay tuned!

What is Apple Music Connect?

Apple Music Connect is essentially your artist page on Apple Music, but it is also a platform that allows artists to share their own content! This could range from behind the scenes photos, song lyrics, messages to fans, videos and more.

Fans can then like, comment and share through iMessage, Facebook, Twitter, or email. This is open to all artists on Apple Music, not just the global superstars, so make the most of it! All you need is to log in to your Apple Music Profile, and share anything you like from an iOS device.

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Unlike other music services that allow you to edit your artist profile, Connect allows you to take control of how you market yourself as an artist and connect with your fans (no pun intended!)

How do I access my Connect account?

To get started you first need to have your music already on Apple Music. Next step to claiming your artist profile is to request access to connect by signing in here with your Apple ID and password.

Once you have signed in click the + button in the top left corner of the screen.

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On the next screen click the + button next to ‘Artists’.

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Search for your band or artist name which will come up in a drop down menu and select the correct one and click the Add button.

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You can then choose the role you have in the band or artist’s career, either band or group member, solo artist, artist manager, or label representative. Choose the option that fits you best, fill in your details and hit the submit button up the top when done.

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Apple will then review your request and send you an email to notify you when you can access your Connect account.

How do I edit and share to my Connect Account?

In Apple Music or iTunes hit the New Post button and choose which artist or band profile you want to post to. Write a message or add a link, then tap the + button to add things like photo and video to your post.

connect uploadKeep in mind you can only share up to 90 minutes of audio, videos that are max 8 minutes long, JPEG or PNG images. If you’re sharing content you’ve filmed on your phone or iPad you can upload it all direct to your Connect account straight from your device in the Apple Music app.

When someone searches for you in Apple Music and lands on your page, they will see your music and a ‘From The Artist’ section where the content you choose to share will be shown. Remember you must own the rights to this content and it is not monetised, you will only earn via sales and streams on your actual music on Apple Music and iTunes.

Read Apple Music’s guide to uploading content to your Apple Music Connect page here. You can then share all of this to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to increase the fans you reach!

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