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Our first French Signing, Nelick!

2018 has begun with a bang for the team at Spinnup France, who have gotten their first artist signing – and the 35th signing for Spinnup!

Congratulations to Nelick, a local urban artist who was recommended to use Spinnup by his manager, Aly, a Scout in the French team!

He released his first Spinnup track, Range Rover, in late 2017, followed by 10 décembre, which was released, well, on the 10th of December. Nelick’s style of rap can be decided as very laid back, with soft melodies and chilled out beats that his voice flows lazily overtop of.

Not wasting any time, Nelick has already dropped his major label debut with his EP KiwiBunnyTape, released on Caroline on Friday January 19. With his February 1st release party already at capacity, we know Nelick is definitely an artist to keep an eye on!

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WHO IS NELICK?

Old school versus new school, the opposition is as old as rap itself.

Mixing the boom-bap of the nineties against modern flows and instruments – there is a generation of rappers who find their niche by expertly combining the two, a generation that Nelick flies the flag for.

Having been very active in 2017, with four projects to his name, Nelick saw his star climb online last year. Without much media coverage, this self-produced artist grew his following on social media via not only his music by distinct visual style. The video for “OCEAN 2077” with its off-the-wall imagery and distinct 90’s treatment has earned over 1.7 million views on YouTube!

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What impresses us about Nelick’s rap is not just his rhyming talent, but also the relaxed vibe he conveys, like the feeling of summer, injecting a sense of love and fun into his tracks,  complete his characteristic cheeky nature. From the first taste of his mixtape, the KiwiBunnyTape, you can feel it has a sweetness to it, not unlike the feeing you get from the video of his 2017 single ‘Range Rover’.

Our new signing does not always work alone, accompanied by talented young artists like himself, Nelick’s other project is PALASS, a duo formed with Lord Esperanza. Together they released the Acid Rose Garden mixtape in 2016.

Having quickly seduced hip hop fans all over France, we are sure it won’t take long for his music to cross country borders and reach even more people around the world. I know that we’ll be waiting eagerly to see what he does next!

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Congratulations to Danish Scholarship-winner, Kihla!

For the second year in a row our Danish team have run an amazing competition that gives independent artists the chance to win an invaluable ‘Spinnup Scholarship’, which includes prize money and other industry support. This year’s scholarship grantee is urban-electro singer-songwriter Kihla! The Jury who picked her out consisted of A&Rs from Universal Music, Spinnup Scouts, and reps from Spotify and Glass Management. Together they had no doubt that the scholarship belonged to Kihla:

“Kihla is a one woman army who creates all her music by herself – she has the full package with a strong visual image on the side of her music. Her sound is fully defined and her music is pure coolness”, says Christian Skjølstrup, the manager for Danish music sensation Gulddreng, and part of the jury who selected Kihla for the scholarship.

The story of Kihla starts 15 years ago when she, as a 5 year old, got a mini piano from a thrift store. Later, she upgraded to a keyboard and despite being the only musician in her family, Micheal Jackson and Whitney Houston were always playing on the stereo in her home. Artists who Kihla notes as some of her first big inspirations.

Now she makes her own music, which she describes it as a mix of pop, R&B and futuristic jazz. All her music is produced on Garageband on an iPad – but even though Kihla’s equipment is simple her dreams are anything but:

“I haven’t seen that many artists who look like me and make the same type of music in Denmark, so I’m exited to see how people receive my tracks. My hope is of course to become one of the cool female artists who manages to get a platform on the Danish market, but first and foremost I’m really excited to now have the funding to make even more music.”

The scholarship Kihla receives includes 20.000 dkk and a performance at one of the biggest music industry festivals in Denmark, Spot Festival. After revealing her as the winner, the Spinnup Denmark team surprised Kihla with her own digital billboard in the centre of Copenhagen, and caught it all on video! We are so excited to follow Kihla’s journey and music from the iPad, to the music studio, to the stage in front of a huge audience at Spot Festival in 2018.

Check out Kihla’s track “Breathe You In” here:

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Universal Music Denmark signs BEKO!

We are so happy to announce our 34th artist signing to Universal Music, Denmark’s BEKO!

At just 17 years old – born and raised in Taastrup, Denmark, Beko is our youngest signing to date. He was discovered through Spinnup by a Scout via his certified hit ‘Adriano‘, which has gained over 1,000,000 streams organically on Youtube and Spotify combined.

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BEKO’s style could best be described as urban, with strong influences from his Turkish roots – and like himself – a balanced mix of toughness and sensitivity. The young artist has a keen understanding and ability to combine the more sentimental and personal aspects of his life with his tougher ‘street’ side in both sound and lyrics. He is a man of contrasts who dares to publicly explore feelings and thoughts about himself and his surroundings.

Check out his latest single and debut major release, “Ayo”, here:

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Spinnup now distributes to more stores than ever!

With Christmas just around the corner we wanted to make sure all of our wonderful artists knew about the the best present we could think of to give, even more stores to sell and stream your music on!

We announced a little while ago that we would be going off the grid for a day to make some exciting new upgrades to the Spinnup platform and the services we offer. We appreciate your patience while our team of tech gurus worked their magic (i.e. code) to make this happen, and a few keen-eyed users would have already noticed a few new partner logos on our homepage. 

So now we would like to officially annouced that we now offer more distributors than ever before – we’re talking from 8 partner stores to 45!!!

Ever wanted someone to hear your music and be able to whip out their phone to quickly find who the artist is that makes those heavenly sounds? Now they can with Shazam. How would you like your fans to be listening to the world’s biggest internet radio and hear your song play next? Now they can with Pandora. The legions of fans you can reach are virtually endless.

Well, now they can. Let us introduce you to all our new distribution partners below including ShazamPandoraBeatport and more.

New Distribution Stores

We have added an extra 37 partner stores to our existing list of distributors, which includes 7Digital’s 32-strong network of online music stores. From now, every Spinnup release will be sent to:

Spotify

iTunes

Apple Music

Deezer

Amazon

Google Play

Napster

TIDAL

Shazam*

Pandora*

Beatport* (for dance and electronic genre releases only)

YouTube Red*

7Digital* **

*Indicates that this is a new distribution partner

**This includes the 7Digital’s distribution network of 32 online music stores and streaming services. For more information and a full list of these, click here.

All existing Spinnup releases have automatically been added to the catalogues of all our new partner stores so there is nothing you as an artist need to do to have people playing your music on Pandora in Portland, or Beatport in Bruges. We’ve done it all for you!

We’re always working to make Spinnup the best distribution service it can be for you, so stay tuned for more service updates as they come.

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Sainsburys & Spinnup Team Up for “Every Bit Of Christmas”

Spinnup are the proud distributors of this year’s Sainsbury’s Christmas advert soundtrack “Every Bit Of Christmas”.

Premiered last Sunday during The X-Factor, the catchy and festive, feel-good bop was written especially for Sainsbury’s by Spinnup’s own Doc Brown and composed by Mikis Michaelides. Avoiding hiring singers and actors, the refreshing advert marks a change in direction from previous years to extend their year-round ‘Living Well’ campaign, therefore performed by real Sainsbury’s colleagues, friends and family singing about what “help’s them to live well at Christmas time” with special guest cameos from festive favourites Ricky Tomlinson and Kermit the Frog.

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Laura Boothby, Head of Broadcast Communications at Sainsbury’s, describes this ad as a “conscious move” as “living well has been at the heart of our advertising all year and there is no better time to celebrate that than at Christmas… set to a catchy festive tune!”.

With Sainsbury’s creating at least 25 different versions of the ad that will run across Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and TV, we can guarantee that this festive tune will be stuck in your head this festive season! Make sure you check the advert below and stream the track here. The song is so catchy, we even have a karaoke version  for you so you can sing along this Christmas!

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Vigiland nominated for MTV EMA Award

Former Spinnup artists Vigiland have been nominated for an award at this year’s MTV EMA Awards, to be held in London on Sunday November 12, 2017!

Vigiland (Claes Remmered Persson & Otto Pettersson) were signed to Universal Music and Universal Music Publishing Sweden in 2014 after being discovered on Spinnup with their song ‘UFO’. In the time since, they have released numerous singles, gone 17 times platinum in Sweden, toured all over Europe, been streamed close to 400 million times on Spotify! And all from uploading one track on Spinnup a few years ago.

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The duo have been nominated in this year’s Best Swedish Act category, alongside superstars Axwell & Ingrosso, Galantis, Tove Lo and Zara Larsson.

Voting closes at midnight (CET) on Saturday November 11, which means there is still plenty of time to vote for these guys, who we are truly proud of here at Spinnup.

Click here to vote for Vigiland in the 2017 MTV EMAs

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What’s the most popular genre on Spinnup?

Everyone knows how much we love data here at Spinnup, so we thought we would do some digging into our own!

Each and every music fan has their genre of choice to listen to, and we definitely find certain genres more popular than others amongst music fans.

But what about music makers?

We had a look at thousands and thousands of singles, EPs and albums that Spinnup has ever released and broke down which genres are the most popular for our artists to release.

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As you can see from our findings, Hip Hop/Rap comes in at #1, followed by Pop and Electronic.

What category do you fall into? If you want to see the kind of music you make take up a bigger slice of the pie, then create your next your release right here!

Stay tuned for more of our dig into Spinnup’s data!

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2017 Christmas release dates & deadlines

Can you believe it’s almost the end of 2017 already? Neither can we!

To make the end of the year and the holiday period as enjoyable as possible, we wanted to let you know about the holiday opening times of some of our distribution partners.

 

Why do you need to know this?

Over the next few weeks delivery times and deadline dates will change, for iTunes in particular, and we would hate for anyone to be disappointed because their release did not go live on the date they were hoping for!

To avoid this, please see below for the cut off dates for you to upload your music to Spinnup.

Release Dates Upload to Spinnup Dates
17th – 24th November , 2017                    Friday, 3rd November,, 2017
1st December, 2017 Friday, 10th November, 2017
8th December, 2017 Friday, 24th November, 2017
15th – 22nd December, 2017 Friday, 1st December, 2017
29th December – 5th January 2018 Friday, 8th December, 2017

Please also note Beatport will not be releasing any content from the 8th December – 2nd January, to make sure you release is available on Beatport before these dates please upload to Spinnup by Friday, 10th November.

Remember, these are the deadlines for a complete and error-free release.To be on the safe side, make sure you read our FAQs on how to create a release properly, and try to have it complete before the deadline date. This will avoid you having to make any corrections and risk missing the cut off!

One Last thing…

As we’re in the holiday season and very busy dealing with large amounts of festive cheer, please allow up to 3-4 days to receive a response from our support team.

We hope you have a great Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year!

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