Tag Archive: iTunes

  1. What is SoundScan?

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    A lot of artists are ready to take the next step in their musical career, with that career there are a number of factors you need to know before you can rise and take over the world with your music. One of those things is SoundScan.

    What is SoundScan?

    What is SoundScan?

    SoundScan signs up stores and has a tracking system that is operated by ACNielsen (sounds familiar?) Nielsen tracks your music and music video sold in retail in America and Canada. Billboard uses these numbers for their charts that you can check regularly on their website.

    How does it work?

    Any song, video or album or any music product carries an UPC or EAN and a ISRC (barcode). This code is needed to track your music in sales with this system. Their sales numbers get collected weekly so it gets updated very often. Which is a good thing because sales don’t stand still. It is not used or royalty payments, but instead tracks song data for use in the charts.

    Is this just for Physical sales?

    No, it isn’t just for physical sales. It also counts the music that sells in digital stores (like iTunes), but since 2014 they also include streaming into their tracking list. This makes it really easy, because everything comes from one source.

    Are these numbers accurate?

    In theory all the digital sales (streams and digital downloads) are completely correct. Because when labels and artists license digital rights to the seller, they need to report their sales to SoundScan. Digital is completely covered as you can’t really make up the streams or downloads that are shown.

    There are a lot of independent stores that aren’t signed up to SoundScan. If they are not signed up, there is no way in knowing how much of your CDs or vinyl gets sold in that store. Which means there is a blind spot in the industry sales on physical music. Unless you want to contact every store one by one, this is the most accurate sales list you’ll get for in America and Canada.

    How Do I Use It?

    To start using SoundScan to track your sales data, you need to register your tracks with Nielsen and wait for them to be approved.

  2. Claim your Apple Music artist profile

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    Did you know you can have an artist profile on Apple Music?

    ‘Connect’ allows you to communicate better with your fans and you can even customise your page with your own branding for Apple Music using photos, a biography, videos, your songs and other promotional material.

    Claim your Apple Music artist profile

    Your fans can then comment on, like, and share this through social media or email.

    How to claim your artist profile

    You cannot claim your artist profile if your music is not on Apple Music to start with. Once it is live, you’re already part way there.

    Go to iTunes Connect (here) and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

    Select ‘Artists’ from this screen.

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    Click the ‘+’ icon in the top corner.

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    Click the ‘+’ icon again and enter the URL of your iTunes Store page.

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    Follow the instructions on the following screens and select your role (e.g. Solo Artist, Band Member, Manager etc.) and enter a relevant contact for your management company or record label.

    Click ‘Done’ and your information will be sent to Apple. They will then verify this information and you should receive an email confirming that it has been completed.

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    Once your submission has been approved by Apple you will be able to log back in and start updating your Apple Music profile.

  3. Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016

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    Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is taking place across six days from April 27th – May 2nd. The festival is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, featuring a Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, a new Family Tent featuring workshops, performances and sing-alongs and a food and drink area surrounding the Free Stage.

    Horus Music is one of the proud sponsors and will also be sponsoring the Free Stage.

    Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016

    The 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival will once again deliver a hugely diverse programme that combines established stars with up and coming talent from across the worlds of jazz, blues, pop and soul and will also see the initiation of an expanded ‘…around town’ programme featuring pop up gigs and performances in various indoor and outdoor spaces across Cheltenham.

    In what is arguably its most star-studded line-up to date, this year’s festival will feature performances from Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas, the queen of UK soul Beverley Knight, Elbow front man Guy Garvey performing tracks from his 2015 album Courting The Squall, a show by popular UK songstress Corinne Bailey Rae ahead of the release of her hotly-tipped third album, a special Quincy Jones-themed concert featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra & Guy Barker Big Band with guest appearances from Liv Warfield and Madeline Bell, and a closing night concert from the festival’s Artistic Curator Jamie Cullum.

    These names join the long list of more international artists that includes US vocalist José James, Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanborn, visionary US trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Meadow performing a tribute to pianist John Taylor, prodigious multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, Australian future-soul band Hiatus Kaiyote, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Becca Stevens Band, Ibibio Sound Machine, the UK premiere of  saxophonist Julian Argüelles’ Let It Be Told project, Giovanni Guidi Trio, Omar Sosa’s Quarteto AfroCubano and Rom Schaerer Eberle.

    Tickets are available from http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz or on 01242 850 270.