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3 Things You Should Do When You Release An Album

3 Things You Should Do When You Release An Album

Releasing music is a huge step in any musician’s career, but many musicians miss crucial steps when they release an album or single. If you want to ensure the success of your release, and grow to a point where you can make a living from music, you need to make sure you do things properly from a legal standpoint, as well as a music promotion standpoint.

Here are 3 things you should do every time you release new music.

1. Copyright your music

While your music is protected under copyright law the minute it is put into a tangible form (so, once it’s recorded), it’s much easier to enforce upon infringement when your music is actually registered with the copyright office.

Additionally, registering your music with the copyright office can earn you extra royalties from music streaming services. Streaming services pay what are known as mechanical royalties directly to songwriters and publishers for the rights to play their music. For smaller musicians, they do this by sending a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the songwriter in the mail to let them know they’ll be streaming their song, and then they send payments via check through the mail. If your music isn’t registered with the U.S. copyright office, you’ll never see any of this money.

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If you’re unsure about how to copyright a song, your best bet is to consult a music attorney. Rather than paying them to do it for you, ask them to show you how to do it so you can do it yourself the next time around.

2. Get proper distribution

Finding the right music distribution company is an important step in releasing new music. With music fans consuming music from a variety of services and platforms, such as their mobile device or web browser, it’s important to make sure your music is everywhere.

Almost every digital music distributor is going to get your music on the popular services, but some distribution companies do release on more platforms than others. Make sure you find the one with the biggest reach.

Reach isn’t the only important factor, however – it’s also important to consider the cost. Some distribution companies charge a fixed fee and pay you 100% of the rights (such as TuneCore) while others charge a lower subscription fee, but take a percentage of the royalties paid back to you (like CDBaby). Choose the type of distribution service that’s best for your current situation, and ultimate, the one you think you’d be most happy working with.

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These services don’t reach every service. Some streaming services like Dozmia and SoundCloud get music directly, so consider these services as well when releasing new music online.

3. Promote your music

Once you’ve gotten the copyright for your songs and have distribution in place, the final step is to promote your music.

Music promotion in today’s music industry takes place offline and online. When it comes to offline music promotion, things can get costly very quickly, and results are hard to measure, so for newer musicians, it might be best to find ways to promote your music online for free.

Here are a few ways to do that.

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  • Social Media

When using social media as a marketing channel for your music, it’s important to not think of it as a promotional channel, but as an engagement channel.

Social media platforms are more and more trying to show content to their users that will engage them and keep them on the service, so if you can provide this, you’ll be in front of more people. If your profile has a high level of engagement, then once you say something about your music, people will see it.

  • Blog

Writing blog posts is a great way to increase traffic to your band’s website. When you publish articles, think less about simply updating your fans about the on goings of your music career and more about how you can be helpful to them.

Publishing content that’s helpful to your audience is likely to get shared around social media, and can even rank well in search engines to drive more free traffic to your website.

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  • Get Reviews

One of the hardest things for musicians to do is get their music reviewed by influential bloggers, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. When reaching out to bloggers, make sure you target your outreach efforts to bloggers who actually care about your style of music. It doesn’t make sense to reach out to a heavy metal blog if you’re a hip-hop artist – you’d just be wasting your time.

Go to Hypemachine, look for music blogs within your niche, and start engaging on their websites. Maybe send them an email about how awesome a recent review was with some of your thoughts on the same album. When you have these relationships in place, it’s much easier to share your music with these bloggers and get your music heard by their followers.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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