Music Distribution Guide for Artists

If you wanted to sell music around the world twenty years ago, you needed to get picked up by a major label. That meant demo tapes, postal services, and constant performing on tours. That was all a ton of fun, but extremely hard work and very expensive, besides. That’s where music distribution online comes in.

Music distribution has changed in two decades. Today’s music distribution is digital music distribution. This is a good thing for modern musicians. It takes much less work to sell music online than it does to sell albums off a merch table, and you don’t even need to leave your house. In fact, today’s artists don’t even need a complete album.

If you want to know how to sell music in the modern market, the first thing you need is a music promotion company selling your songs, and handling your digital music distribution online. Distribution of music and selling songs requires a vast, ingrained network of business partners worldwide, which is why corporations like Virgin, EMI, and Capitol Records were able to control the industry for so long, but today’s music distribution companies are smaller, friendlier and more honest than the giants of yesteryear.

Today there are four major companies that handle digital music distribution, each having its ups and downs. These are MondoTunes, CDBaby, TuneCore, and ReverbNation. The following graph shows how their prices measure up (CLICK TO ENLARGE).

MondoTunes is the least expensive of the group, which would make sense if they were offering fewer products and services for the price, but in fact they offer much, much more. This can only mean that Mondo is trying to snatch customers from their competitors, naturally, and there’s no telling when the other companies will start offering more/charging less, but as of now (late August 2012) MondoTunes doesn’t show any sign of raising their low flat rates, and their service is probably going to stay superior for the following reasons:

They offer free UPC and ISRC codes, which is extremely unusual in all kinds of publishing (music, books, whatever). They offer the ability to create your own music label, too, as well as live representative assistance (think actual phone calls, also unheard of). Perhaps most of all, however, their distribution network is the exact same one utilized by Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, U2, One Republic, Rihanna, and countless other artists signed to Universal Music, which means Mondo boasts the largest music distribution in the world today. Finally – and this may be most important of all for many artists – Mondo’s still run by the same small crew of people that started it, all of whom have been musicians in the scene, themselves. That can be extremely comforting.

Selling songs online can seem daunting, but it’s far easier than one might expect, and far, far easier than the traditional method of music promotion. Selling your songs is now as simple as – well, the click of a button. If you can compare prices (as above) then you no longer need to understand the distribution of music or how to sell songs. You don’t have to know an A&R rep to sell albums, anymore, and while the old-school music fan in you may feel nostalgic for the old ways, the truth is, music all around the world is much better off without them. As long as honest, inexpensive companies like Mondo are around, absolutely anyone can sell music online.

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Reggae Artist Hed Redme Releases New EP Record “Inferiority Complex Girl”

Up-and-coming rub-a-dub kingpin Mississauga Hed Redme has struck his deepest groove on his 2012 EP album, “Inferiority Complex Girl,” new on John Lennon Records (SOCAN) Vg Lennon Records.

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Up-and-coming rub-a-dub kingpin Mississauga Hed Redme has struck his deepest groove on his 2012 EP album, “Inferiority Complex Girl,” new on John Lennon Records (SOCAN) Vg Lennon Records. Hed writes and performs reggae music with a modern sound in the tradition of such groups as Burning Spear and Third World. His voice is rich and deep in a Barry White baritone, but his upbeat themes and motifs are more akin to the likes of Sam Cooke or Bob Marley. He is responsible for several releases to-date, including “We’re All Alone,” published in the August of 2005, as well as a twenty-two song compilation album on which he collaborated with various singer/songwriters published in October of 2008. His single, “We’re All Alone,” has been played on Montreal radio and downloaded in the US, UK, Japan, and W.I. territories.

 

Hed performs vocals and guitar, as well as percussion, at live venues in Toronto, Canada, and Berkeley, California. He collaborates on a regular basis with such Toronto-based acts as Messanjah, Eddie Bullen, and Al Kussin. He has produced over one-hundred songs and published five albums. His titles include (but are not limited to) “Rock My Soul,” “You Are Changing,” “Saturday Night in Jamaica,” “Fantasy Love,” “Summer Nights,” and I’ll Be There.” The video for his single, “My Dana,” is available for download at http://www.vglennonrecords.com. Though it may not seem possible to record so much music and still have more to give, Hed’s storehouse of creativity shows no sign of dwindling. In fact, he is more prolific now than ever before, for which his fans are thankful.

 

With many fans of reggae thinking, “what has happened to traditional dub rhythm?” this EP serves as a wake-up call that Hed Redme has been a defender and powerful artist of Reggae music for many years and is continuing his musical crusade. Listeners do not have to travel to Canada, California, or Jamaica to hear him, however. Discovering his natural island rhythm is just an Internet search away.

 

-Sean McCauley

MondoTunes Staff Writer

 

The EP “Inferiority Complex Girl” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

Address – 131 Bloor St. West Suite 200/Box 248 Toronto, Ontario M5S 1R8

eMail – info@vglennonrecords.com

website –WWW.VGLENNONRECORDS.COM

 

Canadian Folk n’ Roll Band the Plain Steel Releases First LP, “Folk n’ Roll”

The Plain Steel, a rock/folk ensemble from Hamilton, Ontario, have released their first feature-length album, “Folk n’ Roll,” on vinyl and digital media.

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The Plain Steel, a rock/folk ensemble from Hamilton, Ontario, have released their first feature-length album, “Folk n’ Roll,” on vinyl and digital media. The band is a quintet mainly comprised of percussion, electric guitar, violin, viola, and cello. Their raw groove is part rock n’ roll, part North American folk music, resulting in an edgy sound that earnestly represents the modern culmination of traditional folk. Their drums are groovy and driving, their strings warm and jovial, accented with neither too much fiddle nor too much chamber-music classicism. Their bass and lead guitar work lies somewhere between Creedence Clearwater and the Beach Boys, which mix blends far more intuitively than one might suppose. Their vocals are natural and rich, precise yet unrefined, delivered with the tone and masculinity of a less gregarious Jim Morrison.

 

Lyrically, their themes are largely inspired by on-the-road experiences a-la Jack Kerouac, and the kind of Americana that has been fueling the folk experience since before it was called ‘folk.’ The motifs evoked by such artists as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan are certainly present in the Plain Steel’s writing, but the seasoned listener will also hear the more rock-engendered psychadelia of Pink Floyd, and the steel-sledgehammer tonalities of the Rolling Stones. The Plain Steel has less obvious undercurrents similar to the forest-wandering anthems of Nick Drake, too, as well as an authenticity like that of famous Maine maritime traditionalists, Schooner Fare. In short, the Plain Steel has something for any music fan with a penchant for legitimate folk music and a love of rock n’ roll.

 

The Plain Steel have existed since 1999 in various incarnations. They have at times been a studio project, a trio, and a quartet, among other lineups. As an independent group of musicians composing, producing, manufacturing and distributing their releases without the direction of mainstream music businessmen, their unique sound stands absolutely unadulterated by industry producers or engineers, the way true folk music has always been.

 

The Plain Steel’s premiere LP, “Folk n’ Roll,” will both assert their prominence in the thrumming Canadian independent music scene and showcase their innovative style to be appreciated abroad. “Folk ‘n’ Roll” is currently available on black or limited-edition clear vinyl at Hammer City Records (Hamilton, ON) as well as for downloading via iTunes, similar services online. Sample the Plain Steel at these online Soundcloud locations:

 

http://soundcloud.com/theplainsteel/highway-song-single-version

http://soundcloud.com/theplainsteel/changing-single-version

 

-Sean McCauley

MondoTunes Staff Writer

 

The LP “Folk n’ Roll” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download, as well as on black or limited-edition clear vinyl at Hammer City Records (Hamilton, ON).

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

 

eMail – theplainsteel@gmail.com

website – http://www.facebook.com/theplainsteel

 

San Diego Pop Punk Band Madison Falls Releases First LP, “Something To Show For”

Madison Falls, a pop punk ensemble from San Diego, CA, has released their first full-length record, “Something To Show For.”

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Madison Falls, a pop punk ensemble from San Diego, CA, has released their first full-length record, “Something To Show For.” The music is extremely upbeat, melodic, and reminiscent of early Green Day, Blink 182, and longtime indie-music favorite, Lifetime. The vocals are bright and clarion, the guitar work charged and uncluttered, the drums snappy, crashy, and at a double time pace – just the way fans of pop punk like it. With this expertly practiced set recorded via crisp, masterful engineering, Madison Falls is ready to take music fans on a ride through the myriad experiences of suburban living.

 

The record sports nine full-length tracks; seven of these are whimsical, positive, and full of youth and verve, while the remaining two are pensive acoustic tracks providing pause. Lyrically speaking, lead vocalist Joey Cortijo concerns himself with many themes Southern Californian punk rock singers have been singing about for thirty years including: the nice-guys-finish-last maxim; a wistful she’s-out-of-my-league confession; the technology-is-no-substitute-for-nature principle; and admiration for a character-over-material-possessions philosophy. Naturally, these are fairly involved topics for conversation, yet Madison Falls captures and relates the simple truths with high energy, discoursing passionately and having a great time doing so. Like many good artists, Madison Falls also open their hearts sharing more personal dialogue, and even when they’re dishing on the death of a close friend, or the difficulties involved with breaking old habits for new adventures, their impetuous, uplifting surges of optimism never fail to encourage.

 

22-year-old California native Cortijo honed his craft in various Arizona and California bands over the last five years, but is now teamed with MAXIOM LLC label owner Tony Steele. With the combination showing obvious talent, chemistry and a penchant for fun, it’s safe to say that “Something To Show For” will only be the first of many Madison Falls productions.

 

-Sean McCauley

MondoTunes Staff Writer

 

The LP “Something To Show For” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/madisonfallsband

http://twitter.com/suburbstarjoey

 

 

Shade Makes Burban Music Mainstream With New EP, “The Time Is Now…”

Seattle burban music artist Shade has released his standout, breakaway new EP, “The Time Is Now…” to much-deserved critical acclaim.

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Seattle burban music artist Shade has released his standout, breakaway new EP, “The Time Is Now…” to much-deserved critical acclaim. In one fell swoop, Shade has made himself impossible to ignore as an artist. The EP is classy, well-orchestrated, and lyrically ingenious. His beats are heavy, the rhythms funky, and his rhymes land like intensely premeditated verse. In his own words Shade says of himself, “I speak the truth, so call me Howard Zinn – I’m not a coward yet” (from his track “8-Count”).

 

Shade’s music blends orthodox urban hip-hop with Urdu and Hindi culture. The result is a music that is more intelligent, colorful, and imaginative than the American music industry’s army of Kanye wanna-bes and P-Diddy knockoffs. His extended-play album utilizes live instrumentation, measured amounts of effects, and depends largely on Shade’s talent as a rapper and writer. That his writing forms much of the power and passion in his music is appropriate, too, because as a musician who chose to postpone his music career to graduate from Washington State University, Shade’s music is partially the product of a refined education. His hip-hop, dance, pop, and R&B numbers are each effective in their own rights, and in none of them does he fall short of excellence behind the others.

 

Wiki defines burbanas “a musical subculture (standing for “brown-urban”) and an attempt to unify urban musicians of Asian descent.” The burban genre includes performers such as The Truth, Raxstar, and Shizzio, but now crowns itself with the up-and-coming class act that is Shade. Shade’s music videos for “Feel the Pressure” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkFZo7K0Mmg) and “The Flame” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wxnUymFxw0) make it painfully obvious that Burban music in general — and Shade very much in particular — have been overlooked for far too long by fans of the hip-hop and R&B genres. With his groundbreaking EP, “The Time Is Now…” though, Shade is certain to attract all the spotlights urban music has in tow. The time is now, indeed.

 

-Sean McCauley

MondoTunes Staff Writer

 

The EP “The Time Is Now…” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

 

www.musicofshade.com

www.facebook.com/musicofshade

www.youtube.com/musicofshade

www.reverbnation.com/musicofshade

www.twitter.com/shade_artist

 

Texas Old-School Rap Artist Pimp TYT Releases New Single “Tell ‘Em”

Pimp TYT, an old-school rapper from Texas, has returned to the music scene with his breakout new single, “Tell ‘Em”

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Pimp TYT, an old-school rapper from Texas, has returned to the music scene with his breakout new single, “Tell ‘Em.” Tyt’s music is a new, refreshing spin on the classic late-eighties hip-hop groove with an emphasis on sharp rhymes and pimp culture. His voice is strong and emphatic, his rhetoric and wordplay witty and clever. His back beats intertwine with funky bass riffs and big, bold brass, but his most striking characteristic is perhaps his backing female vocals, which are sterling-perfect and orchestrated in the disco-esque style that prevailed in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In this era of mostly illiterate, rhythm-less radio pop, Pimp Tyt is almost certainly what modern hip-hop listeners have been missing for so long.

Tyt, who was originally known in the Texas scene as 30 OT 6, has opened for such mainstream acts as Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, Run DMC, Robb Bass, and Digital Underground, among others. He has been rapping onstage since 1992, but took a hiatus out of artistic frustration after deciding his circumstances were unsuitable for his music to meet his high personal standards. Upon reasserting himself in the scene, Tyt’s signature sound immediately caught the attention of music fans and promoters alike. His distinctive “dirty Texas funk hip-hop” tone is inimitable, a shining attribute that distinguishes him apart from the often-homogenous blur of underground rap and hip-hop today.

Pimp Tyt grew up in 1970’s Southern California. He is the son of an Italian mother and Jamaican father, both of whom were in “the business.” Of this he has said that music became for him an outlet, the form of artistic expression he used to voice his “childhood animosity, anger, and uncertainty of growing up with nothing.” We can be glad it did, too, because without his checkered past the hip-hop world might have had to do without Tyt’s one-of-a-kind style, and in an industry inundated more and more with the same-old gangsta swagger and second-rate, autotuned vocals, that would be a crying shame.

-Sean McCauley

MondoTunes Staff Writer

The single “Tell ‘Em” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at http://www.amazon.com/Pimp-Tyt-Tell-Em-Explicit/dp/B008JB4V9I for convenient purchase and download

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

Website: http://www.pimptyt.com

 

South Florida Modern Reggae Artist Apoc Releases First LP, “Silver and Gold”

Modern reggae artist from South Florida, Apoc, has released his flagship LP “Silver and Gold” on Black Circle Records

Modern reggae artist from South Florida, Apoc, has released his flagship LP “Silver and Gold” on Black Circle Records. Apoc’s music is heavy-hitting, genuine reggae for the year 2012 and beyond. In this time of self-doubt regarding politics, peaceful global interaction, and the reggae genre itself, Apoc’s first release is a godsend. With meaningful, well-written lyrics, a solid rocksteady back beat and heartfelt vocals that come straight from the soul, Apoc’s “Silver and Gold” just might be the stabilizing force that the music world (and the world itself) needs in these troubled years.

Having never released an official long-playing record before, Apoc’s appearance on the scene is nothing short of exclamatory. His rhymes are razor-sharp, his beats more solid than a concrete wall. His themes span the distance between foreign affairs and affairs at home, poverty, greed, war, brotherhood, political personalities, nuclear proliferation, music trends, and much, much more. He does not censor himself, and stands as one of reggae’s most powerful advocates of free speech at this time.

When will the poor people, them, get relief? Long time our people and city under seige,” he reminds the leaders of planet Earth. Perhaps Apoc’s most powerful attribute will prove to be his peace-mongering, honest care for the people of the world, which shows heavily in his lyrics and emphases. His groove, however, is what his fans will clamor for when all is said and done, his melodies and beats being just as harmonious as those of Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer or Burning Spear, all of whom – it should be noted – also cared deeply for the state of humanity.

Apoc has performed in ninety-five percent of the states in the Union, and shows no sign of letting up.

-Sean McCauley

MondoTunes Staff Writer

 

The LP “Silver and Gold” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download

 

MondoTunes (www.mondotunes.com) supplies the largest music distribution in the world and provides upstream services for many major labels in search of breakout artists. While most independent distributors reach only 45-50 retailers despite charging needless monthly and yearly fees, MondoTunes reaches over 750 retailers and mobile partners in over 100 world regions without any monthly or yearly fees.

 

APOC’S VIDEOS:

http://youtu.be/m0WIB-tFPwM

http://youtu.be/R5tPZEiKF8c

http://youtu.be/Yp_GgP5RK80

http://youtu.be/WVFl1DrlVa8

ARTIST CONTACT INFO:

Phone –305-244-4906

eMail –blackcirclerecord@gmail.com