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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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A special offer from Rotor Videos

Ok, so you’ve been really smart and released your tracks through Spinnup to get your music on some of the world’d best streaming and download platforms. You’ve connected your socials and pimped out your artist profile to help you get discovered by the Scouts and Universal Music A&Rs.

So now what?

…How about a music video?

We’re sure every artist would love to make videos to accompany their tracks that are as slick and impressive as a Beyoncé visual album, but who has the budget for that?!

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Here’s where our friends at Rotor Videos come in. With Rotor you can make a free account and create a music video for your track using their huge range of templates, stock footage and graphics. You can also upload your own images and photos (which can be as low-res as phone recordings!) to add in and customise your video to make it more personal, add text or promo messages, and trim the length of your clip. The best part is, when you complete the first step of uploading your song, their intelligent engine actually analyses your song to recommend certain styles and edits based on the track’s tempo and unique features.

Once you have made your video you can watch a preview of your creation. Don’t like it? Start from scratch without paying a thing, or if you love it and think you could be the next Hype Williams, pay a one-time fee to download your video starting as low as USD$10.00 for a 360p (watermarked) version. Prices go up depending on the level of quality of your video, with the highest being $35 for the 1080p version!

Watch the video below to see how it all works.

 

Rotor was designed and built by music video directors and creative developers, with the sole purpose of creating affordable music and promotional videos, which can really help you build your audience. Basically what we do for unsigned artists with music, Rotor do for unsigned artists with video!  

Having only launched recently the team at Rotor are continually developing the platform and adding new features, new styles and content for all artists plus a lip-sync feature due to be released in the coming weeks!

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To help you get going with your first video, Rotor are offering a special 40% discount for all Spinnup users to make their first video. To take advantage, simply go to www.rotorvideos.com, create your video and use the code RotorSpinnup17  at the checkout. The code is valid for one month, until April 17th 2017.

Once you have your shiny new video, make sure to upload it to your YouTube channel, share it on your socials, and embed into your Spinnup artist profileclick here to find out how.

We’d love to see your masterpieces, so feel free to share them on our Facebook, Tweet us a link, or tag us on Instagram.

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The importance of having a unique artist name

We know how hard each and every artist out there works on their music. Writing lyrics, composing melodies, tightening the production, getting tracks mixed and mastered, sorting distribution – there are so many steps that are taken before your music actually makes its way out into the world. So how much would it suck to go find your tracks online, only to find it’s been put on someone else’s Spotify or Apple Music page?

Unfortunately this happens all the time on music streaming and download services when too many artists have the same name. It’s no one’s fault, with the sheer volume of music being created and released there are bound to be double ups on artist names.

Stores often mix-up content when a product (your music) is delivered with the same artist/band name. This is because they handle their content administration automatically so it’s frequent that artists with a very similar or the same name are allocated under the very same artist page. It’s not easy for computers to be able to tell the difference between DJ Cool from Tokyo and DJ Cool from Timbuktu!

This is why it is so important to come up with a unique artist or band name, and research it before you release anything.

When you start your musical career using the same name as an existing band or performer you make life difficult for yourself because:
  • You may end up with your music appearing on someone else’s Spotify, Apple Music, or other store profile
  • It will be harder for people (think A&Rs, managers, promoters, and FANS) to find you online
  • You might not be able to register a website or social media profiles under the name you want
  • You risk infringing on someone’s trademark, which can be very serious

For example, Tahlia Barnett performs under the stage name FKA Twigs, you may have heard of her… The FKA, which means ‘formerly knows as’, was only added to her stage name in 2014 because a Brooklyn-based duo called The Twigs tried to sue her for infringing on their copyright. No matter how successful you are – no one has the time and money to waste of a lawsuit like that!

There are lots of ways to come up with a unique stage or band name, but here are a few to get you started:
  • Use your real name – sounds obvious but a lot of artists want something ‘different’ or ‘cool’ but there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple
  • Combine your real first name and a made up last name, have some fun with it!
  • Deliberately misspell a word, take out the vowels, or use an acronym à la Desiigner, WSTRN or U2
  • Flick through a book or the dictionary, close your eyes and point on a word. Don’t laugh, it worked for Destiny’s Child!

For more ideas to find your band name, read 5 ways of coming up with a great band name.

Once you’ve come up with your name, check as thoroughly as you can to see if it’s already being used. A few ways you can do this are:
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  • Search for it online – type it into Google, or enter www.the-artist-name-youve-chosen.com and see if the URL has been taken
  • Type the name into music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Soundcloud and any others you can think of to see if anyone is using the name
  • Search for social media accounts that use that name. If they’re not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube it’s unlikely you’ll find anyone with the same name on any other social media sites
  • Check if there is a trademark registered under that name. Here are a few databases you can check

This is all well and good for new artists starting out who haven’t settled on a name yet, but what if you’ve already got a problem with duplicate names?

It’s not the end of the world!

For starters names can always be changed, a lot of famous bands have done this in the past and if you’re releasing music under the name ‘Dave’ you might want to think about making it a bit more unique now rather than later.

If you have released music through Spinnup and your tracks are appearing on someone else’s store page, there are a few things you can do. When it’s happening on Spotify, you can apply for a Verified Artist Page if you have 250 followers or more. For more info on that, head to Spotify Artists.

But if that’s not possible for you, please contact our support team and tell them you have a Separation Request. They will then get in touch with Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL or any of our other retail partners to request your music be separated.

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Jireel releases his debut EP

It’s been a big few weeks for Swedish Spinnup discovery Jireel, with the rapper going Platinum for his single ‘Cataleya’ just days before release of his debut EP Jettad.

Singed_artist_EPThe 16 year old from southern Sweden was signed last year after he was discovered by the Spinnup Scouts with his first track ‘Här & Nu’ in 2015. Following from that he released the singles ‘Som Mig’, ‘Langa Luren’, the now platinum selling ‘Cataleya’ and most recently, ‘Snap’ making him one of the fastest rising names in Swedish hip hop today.

He was recognised for his talent when nominated in the ‘Best Hip Hop/Soul’ category at the P3 Guld awards.

Since being signed to Universal Music Jireel has been working on his debut EP, Jettad, which was released on February 24th, 2017.

If you’re a fan of hip-hop you don’t need to understand Swedish to appreciate Jireel’s seven track EP – it will definitely get your head nodding!

Stream Jettad  on Sotify below, or download on iTunes.

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How to get the most out of your artist profile

Did you know that as soon as you’ve signed up to Spinnup you can create your artist profile and connect your socials before you even make a release?

Part of what we do here at Spinnup is give artists some of the best tools to make the most of their career, and access to social stats and the artist profile are just two of them. They’re both really important as connecting your social accounts in will give you up to date graphs and statistics will allow you to track your fanbase, and your artist profile will make you visible to the Scouts and A&Rs.

The artist profile is a great mini-website style profile that you can use to send to Scouts, A&Rs, promoters, producers or managers. The way we like to think of the Spinnup artist profile is like your audience’s one-stop shop to being able to get to know you or your band, find your music and social media accounts, and contact you (but only if you allow them to!)

And while setting everything up is pretty straightforward, we thought we’d run through how to make the most of it with a few tips and tricks.

Spinnup_connect_your_socialsOnce you have created your free account or logged in, hit Settings in the left-hand menu and scroll down to Social Accounts. You will see options for Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and Youtube.

Simply hit the connect button and a window will pop up for you to sign in to that account, that’s all it takes!

 

create_your_Spinnup_profileNow, onto your profile – just click on Artist Profile in the menu to get to your edit page.

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Here you enter in your artist name and create your unique profile URL. We recommend making this as close toy your artist name as possible, and use a ‘-‘ for any space in your name, e.g. Lady Blah Blah would be written ‘lady-blah-blah’ and the link would look like this: https://artist.spinnup.com/lady-bah-blah.

Remember you are not allowed any special characters, letters and numbers only!

Artist Bio & Videos

Next is probably the most important part – your artist bio. This is where you get to introduce yourself to the world, describe your musical background and style or any achievements you may want to boast about. We say the more the better (within reason, of course) as it never looks very good when all a profile says is, “John from Johannesburg”

Here are a few ideas of things you can write about in your artist profile if you get stuck:
  • Where you are from/grew up
  • How you got started in music
  • What instruments or other musical skills you have, e.g. songwriting, producing, mixing
  • Any musical influences you might have
  • Notable gigs, venues or festivals you have played in
  • Any radio stations or Spotify playlists that have featured your music
  • Other artists or producers you have worked with
  • What your plans are for the future, e.g. working on an EP, finalising the next single

Write in a way that is natural to you as you want to reflect your personality, but remember to also keep it professional. Some people choose to write their profiles in the third person to make it seem more official, but that’s totally up to you. Just so we’re all on the same page, writing in the third person means to refer to yourself or your band as ‘they’ or ‘he/she’. For example instead of writing, “I recently played at The Empire where I debuted music from my new EP,” you would write “Lady Blah Blah recently played at The Empire, where she debut music from her upcoming EP.”

my_Spinnup_profileOnce you’ve got the words down, you can add video ! Simply find the YouTube videos of yours that you want to embed into your profile, and copy and paste the URL, not the embed code, into the text of your bio wherever you want it to sit, and viola!

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Artist Image

Next drop a hi-res image of you or your band into the Artist Image box, which will feature at the top of your artist profile. If you hit ‘View Profile’ on the right hand side you can preview all changes to get it looking how you want. The perfect sized image is 1200px wide and 600px high (although you can use other sizes) and must be a JPEG or PNG file.

Links & Social Accounts

This is another really important step and can often be the trickiest. By connecting your social media accounts you are allowing the Scouts and A&Rs to easily find you online. We highly recommend this as it will help you track your fans and followers, but could also play a role in you being discovered by the Scouts and A&Rs at Universal Music. Once you have connected your social accounts

When linking your accounts, make sure to enter the last part of your social media URL only in the box. This is where a lot of artists go wrong and leads to broken links, and no one likes broken links!

Check out the GIF below to see how to properly insert your social links so they a) work and b) are nice and neat.

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Underneath your social accounts, you can choose to leave a contact email address and phone number. This is entirely up to you, but we recommend leaving at least your email address so that people easily can get in contact with you.

The last, and newest, feature of the artist profile is the music player! As soon as your first release is live in stores, an extra ‘Music’ tab will appear at the top of your profile which will have a Spotify player for each release you have made on Spinnup. You can see how it works on UK band King No One‘s profile in the GIF below.

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So what are you waiting for?

Create or log in to your artist account, connect your socials, pimp your artist profile and start sharing it with the world!

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