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Why All Music Must Be Id Tagged Correctly? No Exceptions

Why All Music Must Be Id Tagged Correctly? No Exceptions
I own a radio station called Indie Castle Radio and this biggest issue we have is a lot of musicians don’t have there music id tagged correctly which is usually for one of two reasons they don’t know what it is and why it’s important or they just don’t know how to id tag.Id tagging a song is not voluntary it is mandatory in the music business.First things first the title of your mp3 file is not a id tag a lot of people think it is but it’s not. Second of all if you music is not id tagged correctly then mediabase and soundscan can not track any plays you receive to receive music royalties you can not track a song that is not id tagged correctly if the song is not id tagged correctly there is no way mediabase or soundscan can track your artist name or song title and the same goes with radio stations.If i do a live radio show how the hell will i know what artist and song title to announce over radio if your music is not correctly id tagged and if you music is not correctly id tagged then this info will not pull up on radio it will say unknown artist and unknown song title which would be unprofessional for a station to announce yo we go that new unknown song from some new unknown artist I’m Really LMAO . Once again the title of your song file is not a id tag and all professional recording artist correctly id tag all songs no exceptions by not having you music id tag only states that you are a amateur musician and have a lot to learn and ways to go to a professional recording artist.If you do not know how to id tag a mp3 or what id tagging a mp3 is then please refer to the links below for more info. Please Call 910-817-2248 For One Free Music Consultation.

The One Thing That Pretty Much Every Failed Artist Has in Common

A career in the music business can be one of the toughest, most frustrating paths to take, especially if you’re a musician whose dream is to top the charts and sell out stadiums. It’s an industry where the overwhelming majority of musicians experience failure more often than success. For the sake of defining what success is, in this case I’m talking about earning a living creating music, as opposed to the fantasy lifestyle that most people think of when they imagine what success in music looks like.

As a producer turned manager/A&R rep, turned magazine publisher/speaker, I can tell you that I’ve heard a ton of great songs by some amazing artists over the past 21 years. I’ve also seen most of them have their dreams dashed as a result of one specific issue that seems to plague most (not all) failed artists’ careers. Is it because they never got signed to a record label? That can’t be it, because tons of unsigned artists earn a living in music without ever signing a label deal. So, what is it?

The primary issue that most failed artists have in common is the fact that they do not view their music careers from a business perspective. If you currently earn your living from the music you make, or you’re not looking to earn a living from music, then this article may not be for you. But if music isn’t your primary source of income, and you’d like it to be, then it starts with your mindset and habits. It’s my hope that you’ll learn something from this article that will help you find the right path to success in your music career.

Phase 1 – The Dream: I Love Music

When we first started to seriously consider music as a career option, we all – if we’re honest – imagined this 30+ year career that included an enormous accumulation of financial wealth and notoriety. We imagined ourselves in the best studios with the top creative minds in music, touring the world, playing for sold-out crowds, Grammys, #1 Billboard chart hits, and all of the other glamorous stuff that comes with being a top artist. We didn’t consider that all of these amazing things were the result of business transactions that involved invoices, attorneys, managers, agents, record labels, publishing companies, marketing execs, performing rights organizations, publicists, accountants, and even the IRS.

We loved the idea of being in the music business so much that we thought, “Man, I’d do music for free!” But, as stated earlier, monetary gain was a big part of our dream, which meant that we were implying we wanted to be paid for our music someday.

Phase 2 – Creating: Let the Spending Begin

Once we decided to go after this amazing music career, we had to purchase instruments, pay for studio time, hire a producer, hire a photographer, hire a graphic designer to build a website, pay for CDs and merch, and the list goes on. We just saw it as a necessary part of being an artist. But is that really it?

When we start spending money on service providers, we’re engaging in business activities. Sadly, many artists are willing to (and do) spend more money and time on the creative aspects of their careers than on the areas that will actually pay their bills. This baffles me. I was once told by a major label A&R rep: “For every $1 you spend on recording, you must spend $2 on marketing and promotions.” Consider this – when you’re spending tons of money on recording in fancy studios just so you can feel like you’re in the music business, the only people who are getting ahead are the studio owners, engineers, and the producer(s) you hired.

Phase 3 – Recouping: The Hard Lesson

Now that we’ve spent all of our rent money, we’re thinking about how we can make our money back – or in music business terms, recoup. This is where the hard lessons kick in for most artists who don’t understand – or don’t want to understand – the business side of music. In this phase, they realize that it not only takes money to make money, but it also takes proper planning to make money.

In many cases, it isn’t until artists have emptied out their bank accounts and have nothing to show for it but a few boxes of CDs and T-shirts in their closets that they realize they didn’t think things through. They thought people would recognize their talent and rush over to iTunes to download their songs, but that didn’t happen. So, now it becomes even more pressing to figure out a way to recoup at least some of what’s been spent, because the rent is due and their stomachs are growling.

Phase 4 – The Future: Education = Success

At this point, many artists begin to contemplate their next move. Usually, they’re forced to take one of three routes:

  1. Cut their losses and cease operations
  2. Rinse and repeat (i.e., jump right back into the studio and follow the exact same path of failure)
  3. Get educated about the business side of their dream job – like you’re doing now – and approach it the next time with a real plan in place

Those who take the first route and quit weren’t really cut out for a career in music. Those who take the second route are usually the artists who become jaded and angry, oftentimes blaming everything and everyone else for their failures. These are also the same artists you see celebrating their fifth album release and still don’t have a solid fanbase. But those who take the third route tend to be the ones who eventually find success and don’t need this article anymore.


Ultimately, it’s up to the artist to decide whether or not earning a living in music is important. If it isn’t that serious for you, then you’re likely just a hobbyist. But if you view music as the only career path you want for yourself, then start educating yourself about how the business side works. I always tell people that there’s no excuse to not know the business of music when there are music conferences taking place everywhere, and you have free resources like this blog and I Am Entertainment Media at your disposal.

Shaine Freeman is the co-founder and music editor of the award-winning I Am Entertainment magazine, as well as the host of the highly talked about music podcast, The Miews. Although he studied construction engineering at Bradley University, Shaine has worked with major music publishers, licensing companies, and even spent five years as a talent manager guiding the careers of top film and TV actors and indie recording artists. Today, he resides in Atlanta, GA, with his family where he’s leading his editorial team into their fifth year of circulation.



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Why Talent Doesn’t Dictate Getting Paid Shows Or Radio Airplay.

I have dealt with thousands of musicians over the years and about 90%

of them have the wrong idea about everything in the music business

especially getting paid shows and getting radio airplay.See the

problem is most artist or musicians think they should get paid to

perform on get radio airplay cause they are talented.I hate to say it

but you’re all wrong and that’s far from the truth that’s the way you

think it should be guess what its not that way.If said this over and

over again talent does not and will not dictate you making it and

being successful in the music business how many actual real fans you

have is the only thing that dictates.Like for example we have dozens

of artist wondering why they have to pay to get on our available tour

dates and why they will not get paid to perform.So i ask you as a

musician are you as an artist gonna bring hundreds or even thousands

fans through the door to watch you perform if not the why would

anyone pay you to perform.What you don’t understand is its not the

venue or the show promoters job to bring fans through the door its

the musicians job.That’s why people book popular musicians to perform

cause they will bring fans through the door.The same thing goes for

radio.We have had artist in the past get upset about submitting music

to our station cause we don’t pay royalties.Ok why don’t we pay

royalties first of all if you as musician have not brought one single

listener to my station then why should i pay you royalties its the

musicians job to bring listeners to the station not the stations

job.And being that the station program director brings all the

listeners to the station personally that is why we don’t pay

royalties and why most stations will not play your music.If you do

not bring listeners to a station then you can not expect radio play

and every fm radio station follows that motto and so do show

promoters if your music is not gonna bring fans through that door

buying tickets then you can not expect paid shows.If the headliner is

someone else and they bring all the fans and not you then why should

someone pay you to perform cause your talented if that were only

true.This is a business and the music business is not american idol

labels are not looking for talented artist they are looking for

established artist meaning artist who have actual real fan base and i

hate to tell you if you have yet to sell and actual record then you

have yet to gain one actual real fan.Like i always if labels were

looking for talented then Trinadad James would have never signed

with def jam.I know the truth hurts but this is music business and

its the truth.

The Biggest Problem With The Music Business

This biggest problem with the music business is always blamed on the labels for screwing artist over and being shady.But the fact is most of the blame goes to the musician and i will tell you why.After all my years of promoting musicians in this business there’s one point i have come to realize that i have never heard anyone speak on until know.They may have thought about it but i never heard anyone speak on until now.The biggest problem with the music business is that 90% of people trying to break into the business don’t really truly know anything about the business like how it works and operates.The might think they know but trust they have no clue.This is the only business where someone tries to get into the business and haven’t done there homework on everything about the business and how it runs.You would never open a restaurant and not know anything about food service,you would never start a car dealership and not know a thing about cars,you would never start a barbershop and not know how to cut hair and so on.The point is the music business is the only business where people overlook the fact you still have to investigate and do homework on the business and you have to have a business plan with a advertising and marketing budget.The routine of most artist is make a ton of music and buy the cheapest promotions they can find and skip right past the first step and that is that all musicians need proper consultation cause you think you know but you have no clue.This is a expensive business to break into especially if your gonna stay independent and talent doesn’t dictate this business fan base does and this is a business first and foremost and that’s why music business is 90% and 10% talent.Point is learn about the business before you trying to break into before you waste a lot of time and money with no true results.

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