From indie to label: Twenty One Pilots makes music history with ‘Blurryface’

Music history has been made by the duo known as Twenty One Pilots. Beginning as indie musicians, the band recorded two self-released albums, and then were signed by a major label. It took roughly 9 years, but perseverance paid off.

An announcement from the Recording Industry Association of America will now be part and parcel of US music history.  Continue reading “From indie to label: Twenty One Pilots makes music history with ‘Blurryface’”

CD Baby celebrates 20th birthday with sweet deal for musicians

CD Baby is a staple in the indie music community. When this company launched, it opened a bigger door for many indie musicians.

Now CD Baby is celebrating its 20th birthday with a sweet deal for musicians.  Continue reading “CD Baby celebrates 20th birthday with sweet deal for musicians”

March deadline looms for iHeartMedia

Chances are if you listen to radio online, or in your car,  you’ve done it via iHeartMedia. The company owns more than 800 radio stations. Things aren’t looking so sunny for the nation’s biggest radio conglomerate, though.  Continue reading “March deadline looms for iHeartMedia”

Songwriting tips from experts—is “simple” really the way art should go?

What gives a song shelf life? What makes some songs so special they’re still relevant a century after being written?

Tips on songwriting can be found at various industry websites, but one tip posted at Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) raised my eyebrows and made me ask myself a question.

Is “simple” really the best advice for how art should proceed? Continue reading “Songwriting tips from experts—is “simple” really the way art should go?”