What the music industry is listening to today: the power of 21st century A&R

Posted by Mike McCready | September 26th, 2011 | 2 Responses

Music Xray provides a series of tools to industry professionals to help them identify high potential songs and acts. Each tool works a bit differently and highlights different types of success potential. Today, we thought we’d tell you about one of them…

Collective A&R Statistics

You may not know that every time an industry professional receives one of your songs, they rate it. They give it a score for its composition, arrangement, production, performance and hit potential.

Songs that are submitted a number of times to various professionals on the site begin accumulating multiple ratings, all from professionals who make their living with their ears.

Each day, professionals can log into their account and view the collective ratings. They can view songs that have received high ratings across the board from multiple professionals. They can also choose to view songs that have been rated highly on composition but that maybe did not score well on production or performance. The songwriting might be excellent and while the rough demo recording might not turn any heads at radio it could easily get the attention of the manager of a celebrity act. Alternatively, “hit potential” may not be important to a music supervisor seeking a quality Jazz song. So, that supervisor can adjust his or her search to highlight songs that are consistently getting good ratings on other criteria but that may have scored low as a potential hit song.

This tool enables Music Xray to display your music to professionals to whom you never even submitted a song. Some Music Xray artists have been contacted by industry professionals they never would have thought would have an interest in their music. The key to making this tool work for you is to submit your best songs to more professionals so that it can accumulate ratings.

We currently do not reflect the ratings back to you, the musicians however, we are working on a way to do this in the near future.

At Music Xray, we are committed to creating the best environment for musicians and industry professionals to interact in ways that are rewarding for both parties and to generating the greatest number of potential paths to success for each song.

As a bit of an anecdote, these are today’s highest trending songs at industry A&R (with consistently high ratings across all measured criteria). In other words, these are a few of the songs getting the most attention on the platform right at this red hot moment:

Currently trending at Industry A&R

Have questions about Music Xray, how it works and why?

Posted by Mike McCready | September 26th, 2011 | No responses



The music industry is changing quickly and with it so is the A&R / music supervisor model.

We know there are question you have that need answers. That’s why we’ve created this video. It addresses many of the frequently asked questions and concerns.

View the video

Three Music Xray Songs Placed in Upcoming Spike Lee Movie

Posted by Mike McCready | September 20th, 2011 | 1 Response


Three songs were selected by Charlie Mac for the the new Spike Lee film called, “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You”!

It’s an action packed, gritty story of two New York City homicide detectives that are forced into the high-stakes world of the hip hop industry. A complex web of murder, sex, money and music unfolds as the homicide detectives track a serial killer with an appetite for some of hip hop’s biggest stars.


Read more success stories here.

What if you knew what the music industry hears and likes?

Posted by Mike McCready | September 15th, 2011 | 1 Response


What if you could know which new music is “trending” among top music industry A&R professionals?

How valuable would it be to your music business if you could see, in real time, which songs and acts are being heard and liked by your music industry peers?

If you are among the 1300 industry professionals who use Music Xray for free to conduct their A&R, you already have that information at your fingertips.

In the past 6 months over 3500 songs and acts have been selected for opportunities via Music Xray.

If you are an industry professional, consider opening a free Music Xray professional account. You’ll join the ranks of major and independent labels, Hollywood music supervisors, publishers, producers, radio stations and more…

Here are some of this afternoon’s top trending songs:


Psycho by Taylor Bright

See You Tonight by Kotadama


Carry The Weight by Krystale


Impossible by Diamante


Magical Night by Linda Basso


Invite the musicians you know before someone else does!

Posted by Mike McCready | September 13th, 2011 | No responses



You probably already know about Music Xray’s referral program where we pay you when people you refer to Music Xray conduct transactions.


Music Xray is growing quickly. Refer the musicians you know before someone else does.

Tracy Lawrence records and FOX Sports features a song discovered on Music Xray! Congratulations Justin Honaman!

Posted by Mike McCready | September 7th, 2011 | No responses


With over 3500 songs and acts selected for opportunities in the past 6 months, there are a lot of big ones to talk about including major label signings, major motion picture placements and even a few we’ve been told we can’t mention. But today we want to send a special congratulations to Justin Honaman.

Atlanta-based Honaman submitted his song “Saturday In The South” to Alex Torrez of Torrez Music Group in Nashville. Alex invited him to Music City to work on some rewrites and last year the song was used by CBS Sports as a lead in to SEC football games.




This year, the song has been re-recorded by mega-star Tracy Lawrence and picked up by FOX Sports. Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

“Thirteen million football fans will soon hear a new theme from multi-platinum recording artist Tracy Lawrence as FOX Sports South and SportSouth launch their biggest college football kickoff campaign in the networks’ history, showcasing the song “Saturday In The South.”

Lawrence’s “Saturday In The South” debuts Thursday, September 1, and will be the music centerpiece for the FOX Sports and SportSouth college football campaigns. The networks will broadcast over 70 games from the SEC, ACC, Conference USA, Big 12 and Pac-12 and the weekly college football shows SEC Gridiron LIVE and The NEW College Football Show during the season.”


See the FOX Sports promo video by clicking here.

Be sure to check out some of the other success stories here.

Are you new to Music Xray? Click here to get the musician’s guide to Music Xray or click here to see a video explanation.


What Happens When Industry Professionals Don’t Respond?

Posted by Mike McCready | September 2nd, 2011 | No responses


When professionals don’t respond to their submissions (rare but it happens), Music Xray issues a refund and suspends the account of the industry professional.

We don’t like to do it and first, we do what we can to insure your music is heard. But, inactive professional accounts are not permitted on Music Xray.

And do we ever give the music professionals a second chance? Yes, but we are even more strict with them the second time around to ensure that your music is heard since that is our guarantee to you.

Music Xray matches your songs to industry opportunities for free. THEN, we give you direct access to the decision-makers behind each opportunity. THEN we GUARANTEE they listen and respond. No, seriously!

Posted by Mike McCready | September 2nd, 2011 | No responses

Did you read that headline? Do a double-take. It’s for real!

Accounts are free.

Actually, we give you $4 just for opening one.

Plus, we enable you to conduct a free focus group on one of your songs with up to 25 participants.

Plus, all the other great stuff on Music Xray, like getting directly in touch with the music industry decision-makers, getting deals and YOU KEEP ALL YOUR RIGHTS.

Yeah, it’s pretty awesome!

Get an email each week with new opportunities by signing up for free here.

Be sure to check out some of the success stories here, like the one from Solardaze, who has signed his third contract via Music Xray.

Are you new to Music Xray? Click here to get the musician’s guide to Music Xray or click here to see a video explanation.