Going Viral – Getting Exposure For Your Music On The Internet

There are dozens of ways that you can get discovered by an online audience, but in order to make the most of your efforts, you need to become aware of what is out there and get organized in a manner that allows you to follow each pathway in the most efficient manner possible. Before getting started, however, you need to focus first and foremost on the music. Without quality product, the rest of your work will be impossible to accomplish. But assuming you are already there-that you’re playing live shows, writing original material, and refining it to the best quality presentation possible-then your next steps should be as follows:

First, you need to create a social media profile. Scratch that. You need to create several social media profiles. You should have a MySpace page, a Facebook page, and a Twitter. These are the three most popular ones out there. So long as you are represented in each, you should have access to potentially millions of listeners. After establishing your account, it’s time to build friends and followers. You will want to send out feelers to friends, family, and local people in your area. Invite everyone out to your shows and use the in person experience to build word of mouth. Not only will this make you more popular in the community, but it will also spread your popularity online.

While social media is an ongoing effort, so, too, are the other opportunities out there. That means you should have an official site with tour dates, information, and news, so that your listeners will have a reason to follow what you’re doing. Establishing an online presence through both a website and your social media accounts lays the proper foundation for what is to come next, and that is actually getting your music distributed.

Amazon and iTunes are both great sources if you are wanting to break free from CDs and grow along with the digital age. Being able to affordably and effectively reach millions upon millions of audience members is how many bands are able to kick out the middle man and enjoy a more worthwhile relationship with their audience. They also keep more of the sales as they come in than would be true with a record company.

Categories of News and How it Influences Lives

What is new and what is happening in your vicinity, in your region, in your country and across the world is news. The news segment is a revenue generation sector that is a source of employment to millions of people across the world. Whether it is print or electronic, the ‘news’ phenomenon has touched the lives of all literate people. News is classified under various categories. It can be general, breaking, sports, entertainment, financial, political, international news, and the like. In the Indian context, Indian news covers all the said categories and the same can be accessed at various mediums be it newspaper, television or the Internet. The web world is home to a number of news portal that carry India news, international news on diverse topics.

The report of recent events is made attractive through a mixed display of graphics and letters with images at the backdrop, photographs, and live interviews. News can also be previously unknown information that is made public. But breaking news find more momentum in the electronic media. It is displayed as a single detailed story at repeat intervals or in between big news interrupting the routine timeline. The story that a breaking news carries may be either trivial or of immense importance but the public pay more attention to such type of news.

Entertainment news is one segment that is watched and read on web by majority of the youth because it carries information about the reality and the glamour world. Bollywood, Hollywood, Tollywood, music, dance, reality shows, and lot more related paraphernalia are covered under this news category.

The Indian stock market has emerged as the dream market for many as it is one platform where one can make good money in a short span of time and invest money for the long term for a secured future. The serious investor, besides collecting as much information as possible and adding to his knowledge base, also never misses on the Indian news that covers the market and finance sectors. He thus becomes well versed with the various moves of the market and the decisions he takes do bring him gains. Cautiousness is the buzzword when it comes to investing in the stock market; so, get updated with India news related to the market and experience a win-win situation.

The Best Social Networking Sites For Country Music

Country music has among the most loyal fans of any music genre. More than that, for many, country music is a lifestyle. So a music social network brings together people who share more than just musical taste; they share a way of life.

Digital Rodeo (www.digitalradio.com) bills itself as having been the first social network dedicated to the music scene. It offers videos, music and exclusive interviews with artists as well as a “neighbors” – fellow country fans.

The DH Network (www.thedhnetwork.com) began as a hobby site then expanded to encompass four country related web sites. CMNB – Music News Blog; Country Concert information including tour dates, setlists, and opening acts; DH Country Music which features independent and small-label artists; and DH Family, a music social network.

Country fans Rick Burgess and Greg Roth, created My Country Space, (mycountryspace.com) a gathering spot for country music enthusiasts. The site was also designed for the music lifestyle. The founders spent three years researching what fans wanted in a social networking site dedicated to music. The site was designed to enhance the experience for all users. My Country Space is similar to sites like MySpace and Facebook in that its features include e-mailing, blogging, messages and photos. The site also breaks down membership into titles such as artist, management, promoter and songwriter so members can identify other members and see what they do.

Hip Hop Music – Hip Hop Is Alive

What has happened to hip hop music? I have seen a disgraceful turn for the worse on my tv screen, but let’s review some real hip hop music.

We will stick to only albums dropped recently. Of course, I highly recommend of all of these albums. I’m not going to criticize any of the albums. Simply because there is already a million people who have done so – with or without justification.

Let’s get started with the “Conscience Rapper” Common. I wish we didn’t have to use that particular terminology to categorize the rapper because all rappers should be conscience. It is basically the definition of hip-hop.

Common – Finding Forever

From the incredible “unforgivable” all the way to the radio smash hits, “The People” and “The Game” (no similarity to the west coast rapper at all) “, this album is worth your purchase.

Common puts together rhymes like a puzzle. Each piece being essential as the last. He uses intricate rhyme schemes, but still gets his point across in the most immaculate manner.

Common exchanges punchlines with Kayne West on “Southside”. My favorite collaboration between the two; up until this point. Kayne also produces this track as he does most of the album. West spits at the top of his game while spitting lyrics e.g. “I know you must be thinking its armorall flow because it never gets rusty”. Common on the other hand spits amazing lyrics himself, for example: “Your career was a typo, mine was written like a haiku.”

Though Common never comes out and blames the south for hip-hops decline ( that he mentions a multitude of times) the following lyric from “Start the Show” could be subject to misinterpretation, “You sing along wit it, inside you knowin it’s wack, Young who? I don’t need a openin act”. Common never backs down from a fight. He also mentions the lack of hip-hop spirit in the song “The Game”.

Is this Common’s best work? I don’t know. I personally like it better then his last album. Be had a completely different ambience to it though. I guess, we should give credit to Kayne.

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Talib Kweli – Ear Drum

Talib’s recent effort has sixteen tracks that will fulfill any fans need for another album from the rap superstar.

He spits some of his most intellectual and deep thinking lyrics to date in “Ear Drum”.

Electrify one of the most soulful tracks on “Ear Drum” is perfectly titled as it does electrify you. Especially your mind as most of the album does.

The guests help the momentum of the album more than they hurt it. Demonstrated in songs like “Hostile Gospel” with Bun B and Pimp C, who seem to fit in very well in the banger by Just Blaze.

If Talib had to take it back to square one. I’m talking about the hip-hop classic “Reflection Eternal”. He definitely took a few paces in the right direction.

I’ll finish the review by saying that the album isn’t perfect, but perfection is in the beholder.

Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth

Brother Ali probably would get his mic cut off by Bill O Reilly with his very open minded views on America. Actually more times than less, pessimistic views.

A “Letter From The Government” basically denounces the entire war. Ali blatantly states in the chorus, “I got a letter from the government the other day I opened and read and burned that man, The way that I live don’t concern that man, We gon’ have to settle this another way”. I guess he might also be talking about any possibility of a draft and his reaction. Maybe just a letter asking him to join the military. Nevertheless, one of the most intriguing songs that has been released this year.

The underground artist doesn’t stop there with his attitude towards America. Yes, his home country. On the track “Freedom ain’t free”. He annihilates our foreign policies. Especially when it comes to people who are starving in other countries. “So I use blood and sweat to butter my bread, Cos this cold world couldn’t give a fuck if I’m fed”.

If you are a liberal, you will probably take well to this album. He doesn’t like the war, he doesn’t like our foreign policies, and he doesn’t like how Muslims are being treated. He claims to be a devout Muslim in a few tracks.

If this album doesn’t make you sit back and think. You might want to get your brain examined.

El P – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Honestly. What can I say about this album that hasn’t been repeated a million times. This is a monster underground album. One of the biggest in the history of hip-hop. You haven’t heard of it? Funny, isn’t it? If you like Mike Jones, I suggest you don’t check out this album, if you’re a real hip-hop fan, it’s a must!

Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

I don’t think anyone else has said this, but hip-hop needed this album. Not because it has the best work by my man Nas, but because we needed the history lesson. I learned a lot from this album, I didn’t even know.

It also gave me the motivation to go back and play some of those old albums. How much dust does your “Mc Shan” records have on them?

We need to remember our roots, which is a perfect segway for my next album.

The Roots – Game Theory

The Roots put together an album that flows together like Rakim and Eric B.

You won’t skip a track on this cd. I can guarantee you that. Black Thought’s not even at the top of his game. Am I the only one who finds that unbelievably scary?

The Roots are breaking ground in hip-hop. Although it’s underground in general, It’s ultimately refreshing.

Ghost Face – More Fish + Fishscale

I am absolutely exhilarated to get all this new Ghostface material. Though he has never been type to take a break from rapping. He comes back, probably full fledged with these two near classic albums.

Still spitting as mean as you would expect. If you want to learn to be an emcee. Study every move of Ghostface.

Killah Priest – The Offering

Though the album isn’t officially out. It did leak. I have heard nothing but positive reviews. I think this might be his best work to date.

The album also features some great artists like Canibus, Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Immortal Technique.