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Blog: How to Register Your Music With BDS

Written by Tasha.

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First, let's be clear on the importance of BDS. In order for your radio spins to count, they need to be BDS registered. Radio stations won't even consider putting you in regular rotation unless this is done first.  And when it comes time to negotiate that deal, the labels will want to see your spins. That's the only way they have proof that the people are really hearing you, other than internet presence. OK, moving on...

Many artists ask me to register their songs for them with BDS. It's quite simple and can easily be done yourselves.

First, you have to send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . In the email, simply include your name, the name of your company/label, phone number, and email. Within a few days, they will respond via email with your login name and password.

To login, go to http://media.bdsrealtime.com. Once you're logged in, it takes you to your main dashboard.

To register a song, click SEND MEDIA. A separate box will pop up where you will need to upload the track/tracks you wish to encode. At the bottom left of that window, click UPLOAD MP3 FILES. In that same area, it has a RIP FROM CD & ADD MP3 TRACK option. Obviously, it's easier to upload the mp3 straight from your computer, so click ADD MP3 TRACK. 

Once you've selected your file, fill in the artist name and song title boxes. Once you get back to that upload window, at the top it's going to ask you to enter a song title or album name, which can just be the title of the song if you have no plans on putting it on an album. Once you've done all that, click BEGIN in the bottom right corner. 

Once it finishes uploading, it will take you back to your original dashboard.  It will ask you to review the track info and once you have, hit COMPLETE at the bottom of the window. 

It usually takes a few days to encode, but you can go back at anytime and check the status.

See! Not too difficult right? But if you have any additional questions, hit the comment section and I gotcha :).

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5 Reasons I Didn't Listen To Your Music

Written by Tasha.

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Clearly people aren't getting the memo, so here it is again...

Several artists like to make smart ass comments about bloggers ignoring their music submissions.  Then, there are those few coons that like to sneak diss on Twitter because we're not showing love.  I can't speak for everyone, but I can most definitely let you know why your music got hit with the DELETE button in my inbox...

  1. I hate when artists just drop a track in my inbox without introducing themselves or at least saying hello. If we've never spoke, and I'm unfamiliar with you or your music, you need to include a nice message. Act like you have some manners.

  2. The minute I see that your file is in any format other than mp3, its getting automatically trashed. I don't have time to be converting that shit, that's your job.

  3. Name dropping. Don't send me a track and say, "yeah DJ ____ is fuckin wit the record", or "Plies said he like it". And? Our opinions and taste could be completely different. It doesn't matter to me what anyone else thinks about it, if you want placement on my site the final decision is mine.

  4. If you've burned a bridge with me or any of my affiliates.  Yes, some of us are loyal to each other, and if you burn a bridge with one, you burn a bridge with me too.  I've met some good people in this industry that have looked out for me.  Some I will go to bat for if necessary. So if you sneak diss, or disrespect one of them, consider your ass blackballed.

  5. Do not, I repeat...DO NOT SEND ME LINKS VIA TWITTER. 90% of the time I'm on Twitter I'm using Ubertwitter, so clearly I can't check links from my phone. Stop being lazy and just ask for my email address.

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Blog: The DO'S & DON'TS of Making It on the Net as a New Artist

Written by Tasha.

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These days everybody want’s to be a artist so i figured i’d give ya’ll some tips. First and foremost if you feel like you’re too good to read this you’re already doing something wrong because if you actually were you would be too busy to even be reading this so sit your ass down and take some notes.

  • Don’t bombard people with your music. It’s annoying! Posting your stuff on peoples walls and in peoples mentions and ask boxes is hands down the worst tactic there is, no one takes you seriously and probably never will for that matter. People don’t like to be forced to do anything let alone listen to some random persons music. Not gonna happen.

  • Make your own music! Getting on other peoples beats is fine but if you aren’t gonna do it justice, do better or just do your own thing it’s a waste of time. There’s too many youtube singers/rappers out there getting on the same beats as you. If J. Cole or some random kid gets on a Nas beat who’s gonna get listened too? Obviously J. Cole.. you can’t do things like this until you have a following and people have the hunger to hear you on pretty much anything. Also getting on the most poppin song out at the moment is corny as fuck. Don’t boast about having thousands of youtube views if you got on a drake song, you simply have those views cuz its a drake song. Nothing to do with you.. The point of being a musician is to be musical, and creative and different so use original beats and think out the box. Never do something because your favorite artist got rich off it.

  • Beef. A unknown rapper beefing with another unknown rapper or any rapper for that matter is CORNY AS HELL. Nobody gives a fuck and almost no one will take your side. You just seem like a hater. Have fun, enjoy music and make good shit! Never worry bout the next man. Just do you.

  • This is for the singers out there. Now that we have artists like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd any vocally talented person should know they have to step it up. Making a radio friendly R&B song that Trey Songz would have done in 05 isn’t gonna get you anywhere now. Not many people have the ability to sing so take advantage of it. Corny love songs over a sparkly R&B beat won’t get you any love these days. Abuse your talents. Amaze the people. Show emotion, don’t got for that “hit”

  • This goes for female and sometimes male artists. This is kind of a cheat code actually. In case you guys never noticed whenever a good female artist remakes a popular male artists song it goes viral almost every time no matter who the chick is as long as shes good. This is the  only time i’d suggest getting on someone elses beat. A girl version of any male song is usually sought after so do one! People will love it and  the same for males. Flipping a girl song to a males perspective will def be appreciated and liked. Get creative with it and do your thing. This is a easy way to get your name out there.

  • This one is very important! DON’T BE THIRST TO GET SIGNED!!! I mean forreal if you build up a great following you will definitively make money off your music. Going straight to a label deprives you of the experience. Getting known off of things you made 100% by yourself is a great feeling! And doing shows and selling your stuff is the coolest thing there is and at some point a label will see your movement and respect you. Yeah some will bamboozle you and take advantage but others may see what your worth and give you what you’re looking for. Whether you go indie or major is on you. I can’t suggest unless i knew what kind of music you made.

  • Get in good with the blogs! Great relationships with the top internet blogs will take you far, its like being on MTV or BET on the internet which will eventually get you on MTV or BET. Play it cool and don’t bother them. Just impress.

  • Take great photos and have impressive artwork. Corny covers and camera phone pics don;t give you a great look. A few creative photo shoots and a dope artwork game will keep you around for a very long time. If people never heard of you your art may catch their eye and gain  you another fan. Don’t copy anyone else’s ever.

  • Have your own style. I’m not saying have a gimmick but just don’t dress like someone else. If you dress exactly like Big Sean i won’t fuck witchu. That is Big Sean’s steez not yours. If you have your own look and sound super stardom ain’t so far away if they are any good. Keep it  simple but cool.

  • Arrogance. Saying you’re better than the hottest artists out is just well… ignorant. Don’t do it and that is all i will say.

  • Have a movement, I don’t suggest this to everyone but if you have a movement go with it. If it’s original and well put together people will follow and your team will be strong. It’s basically like having free promotion and it’ll put you in a place where you can eventually put out other artist’s yourself.

  • Be confident but not cocky. Numbers don’t really mean shit. You can have 100k facebook fans and still be trash so watch your attitude.

  • Tumblr and Twitter are helpful social tools. Abuse them!

  • Videos are a must! People pay more attention to the music that way, may even get you a buzz too. Just look at the last few artists to pop!

  • Be yourself and believe in your plan. Don’t follow anyone elses formula. It don’t always work.

  • And basically just have good music and great quality. If the song is good but your vocals sound like crap you’re wasting your time. Have good equipment and great mixing. Present all your projects as if you’re already a star. Originality is also key, naked women cars and chains are not creative its stupid and just unnecessary flash.

 

Well hopefully my tips will help you. Just observations and ideas of mine. Do what you do cuz you love it, not cuz of the money or fame. That’s just pointless. I know i left some out but hey. I can’t give it all away :)

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Sound of Summer 2011

Written by Tasha.

Sound of Summer 2011

Music is a constantly evolving industry, with new and upcoming artists breaking the musical mould of those who have come before them. As such you can never quite be sure what is around the corner, until the artists of tomorrow unveil their latest sound to awaiting fans. With a highly competitive industry many newcomers strive to bring an original and unique sound to the mix, offering fans an entirely new genre to explore. And rap and hip hop music is no different, with 2011 looking set to be a great season for new sounds from both present and arriving artists.

Having already been around for many years, fans are anticipating Kanye West’s latest album which has been announced for release this summer. It looks like the musician has been very busy in the studio as his last and critically acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twister Fantasy, was only released a few months ago. However, taking to Twitter, Kanye West tweeted “My new album coming this summer”, exciting fans who are keen for new hip hop sounds for the summers sun. And with such an established and iconic name, Kanye is certainly expected to once again take the charts by storm later this year.

On the rap scene there is a lot of excitement for summer 2011 with a huge range of recognized industry artists deciding to collaborate and work of music together. This will bring a fusion of voices and styles to the seasons rap albums, offering something new but with a traditional vibe. Rap icons Eminem and Royce da 5’9” will once again be teaming up, bringing Bad Meets Evil – ‘Hell: The Sequel’ to fans. The album offers additional guest stars to the collaborative partners as well, with Bruno Mars, Sid Roams and Slaughterhouse all being featured. Meanwhile Sean Price, Guilty Simpson and Black Milk are all joining together to bring some new sounds in the form of album Random Axe. Elsewhere, with rap artist Bun B having changed careers and Scarface in jail, it has fallen to Trae to help keep the Houston street rap alive. On June 28th he brings new album Trae the Truth – ‘Street King’, which may prove to be a very popular sound, especially with guest stars such as Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross.

Summer is always a popular time for new music, with people spending more time outdoors and visiting night hotspots to hear the latest tunes. With singles and albums coming to radio stations and DJ’s around the world, the hip hop and rap scene is set to explode with original sounds and talent in summer 2011, giving fans something to really grit their teeth into. Away from the clubs and bars getting hold of this music will be easy too, with the internet now allowing you to instantly download tunes and find great deals through discount sites such as couponcactus.com where you can also find a great range of slashed priced instruments to start your own sounds. And with so much new music this season it may be hard to decide just which artists to choose first.