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Former Spinnup artist Albin Johnsén releases the official Swedish Womens Eurocup-song!

We’re always so proud of all our Spinnup artists that ’graduate’ from our service and go on to be signed by Universal Music. We make sure to keep tabs on them and update you all with their successes from time to time.

Swedish Capitol Music signing Albin Johnsén is a former Spinnup artist who was discovered after he released the song ”Din soldat”. It was picked up by the Scouts, who passed it on to the ears of the A&Rs at Universal Music Sweden. The track became a major hit locally, and in just two months was certified platinum! Today it was been streamed over 40 million times on Spotify!

Kosovare Asllani, forward in Swedens women’s national football team was a big fan of ”Din soldat” and asked Albin to write the official women’s euro-cup song.
Albin, who’s a huge football fan, did not hesitate to take her up on the offer!

He’d already begun writing a track set to the tempo the team requested, and set about crafting lyrics to match. The track is about fighting, not only within football but in life. The song is called ”Hjärtan av guld” and is inspired by Albin’s fight against anxiety and low self esteem.

”Hjärtan av guld” was released on June 8th and only three hours after being released it had already reached 100.000 people and at the moment the release has over 160.000 views on Facebook.

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New release by Swedish producer duo VAZ – encouraging Spinnup users to remix it!

The Swedish/Cape Verdean producer duo VAZ is made up of the sisters Jenny & Cecilia Vaz. You may recognize Cecilia, as not only is she a Spinnup artist, but she was also a former Spinnup Scout in the Swedish team! The sister duo last week released their new release ”Luxury Problems”.

Having established themselves on the Swedish festival-stage in 2012 with the great success of their first release “Miss Frost”, the singer/songwriter/producer duo make music that is a mix of traditional African drums with electronic beats and multi-dimensional harmonies.

They want ”Luxury Problems” to be an inspiration to other producers and have made the song’s stems available for download – free for everyone to modify and remix! You can access the stems via the track’s website (http://lxry.pro/) which was made in collaboration with Stockholm-based creative network CCCOLLECTIVE.

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The ‘Luxury Problems’ remix game

Once you’ve pieced together the beat’s different parts – you’re able to download the ”Luxury Problems” remix pack, containing stems and press photos for the song. If you’re inspired to make your own version of a Luxury Problems remix and you want to show it off, Cecilia and Jenny are waiting to hear it! Send your remix over to remix@lxry.pro and they’ll get back to you as soon as they’ve listened 🙂

This is a great opportunity for all the Dj’s and producers out there to be creative with some very cool ready made stems!

Listen to ‘Luxury Problems’ here!

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Spinnup’s Great Escape

The hardest thing about trying to summarise the amazing experience that you have at something like The Great Escape Festival is knowing where to start. So many talented unsigned and up and coming artists to choose from and shout about, too many great people in the music industry that we have met and of course in typically British fashion, too many variations of weather for us to talk about. I mean we are talking about borderline floods to glorious sunshine after all.

The Van T's @ TGE17However we are going to start off with the The Van T’s who have distributed Singles with Spinnup in the past which have gained the attention of LAB Records recently. They blew the crowd away with their surfy, grungy rock as they always do (and it made everyone forget about the rain). They really are a force live- something they’re known for and definitely a band to catch in a town near you.

Paloma’s personal highlight from TGE17 was Tom Grennan’s show being ‘so lit’ that it had to be stopped halfway through due to a fire alarm at the Brighthelm Centre. Kioko (reggae/pop) also brought the house down, literally; they had so much energy and public participation. They took fans on to the street where they were playing brass instruments when they couldn’t play inside anymore! And finally there was Lebeaux (Brighton based) too. If you were to mix Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Maria Carey’s falsetto and a lot of sass, you’d get him. The artist just has so much attitude and knows how to put on a show. For having no music online and playing at 1am on Thursday, the amount of people that were there was just mind blowing.

TGE17 ConferenceHowever it wasn’t all showcases, we also went to learn some new things too! We checked out PRS & PPL’s Evolving as an Artist with Marika Hackman. Our favourite quote from the conference was “If you’re a genius the idiots will find you” and with the added context of ‘being discovered as an artist’ I’m sure you’ll appreciate it too. We also learned about the affect that streaming has had on Marketing and PR campaigns. Turns out the affect is quite dramatic! A handy tip is to be prepared to create loads of content to drip feed your fans and audience over a longer period of time- this doesn’t necessarily mean music, it could be a music video, backstage videos, lyrics sheets, etc. It’s time to get creative and not just with writing music…

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Spinnup heads to The Great Escape Festival!

Spinnup UK are heading down to Brighton for this year’s rendition of The Great Escape Festival! A festival dedicated to unsigned and up-and-coming artists, Spinnup has had numerous of its distributed acts on the roster through the years.

We’ve had Spinnup Alumni Model Aeroplanes headline a showcase, last year we witnessed King No-One pack out the Paganini Ballroom for BBC Introducing and this year we see Scottish faves, The Van T’s, take to the stage twice in one day! Whilst you read the rest of this post, check out our very own The Great Escape 2017: Spinnup Picks playlist on Spotify of acts we’re super excited to see right here.

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With over 450 acts playing, there’s certainly something for everyone and for every artist playing The Great Escape they’ll receive a free Single voucher code from us in their Artist Packs.

UK scouts Andy and Paloma will be taking over our Twitter and UK Instagram (@spinnup_uk), giving you updates on the acts they have seen and all the shenanigans that happens in Brighton. Before all of that though, we caught up with Paloma to see who she is most excited about seeing and what exactly she is looking for this year.

Spinnup: Paloma, who are you most excited to see?

Paloma: I’m really looking forward to Dat Brass, they are an amazing brass band that gets people on their feet each time. Then there’s Kudu Blue, let’s just say if Minnie Riperton had another daughter, it would be the lead singer of this band. Lastly, because he is an OG in Grime and his songs are the soundtrack to my life, I can’t wait to see KANO.

S: Sounds great! What exactly are you looking / hoping for at this years TGE? 

P: It can sound very pedestrian but I just want to hear good music. I feel that lately we tend to confuse what good music is- there is less and less emotion and I want to be able to feel the passion in each song an act performs.

So there you have it, show some passion and raw emotion and you’ll be grabbing Paloma’s attention!

Although we weren’t able to catch up with Andy he did send over his schedule for the festival and we can only assume that he intends to see every single act playing; we’ll keep you posted with his progress!

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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:

No Hit Wonders

Among these:
Howlin’ Wolf
Bo Diddley
Parliament-Funkadelic
Velvet Underground

Additional data
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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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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