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How great music bubbles to the top on Music Xray

Posted by Mike McCready | January 24th, 2017 | 9 Responses

This video explains how great music bubbles to the top and gets the attention of the industry on Music Xray. It begins with a brief history of how Music Xray evolved from a pay-to-submit site into a sophisticated filter for the industry and an indispensable tool for artists.

Mike McCready is an entrepreneur at the crossroads of music and technology. He pioneered the introduction of Hit Song Science into the music industry and followed up with Music Xray, the company he co-founded and serves as CEO. His companies have been the subject of case studies at Harvard Business School, IESE and he frequently guest speaks at many of the top business schools around the world. He helps the music industry identify high potential songs and talent and helps musicians get deals, get fans, & get better:

  • hy mike im pstylz i love to sing and create good music i have a few songs out now but trying to get that big break can you help me

  • Kevin

    Thanks for the video Mike. I have a few questions
    1. So you are saying that even though an artist doesn’t submit for opportunities, if the diagnostics score is high enough, it will automatically be submitted to some opportunities?
    2. What is the magic number/score needed to really get things going in terms of opportunities?
    3. Support? Mike, I submitted one song for diagnostics almost 7 days ago and have not received any feedback. I filled out three support tickets (#72457, #72459, and #72518) at the end of the week. Still have not heard anything.

  • Hi Kevin, Depending on how busy our system is, it can take a week or two sometimes to get the full Diagnostics report back. The results kind of trickle in. You’ll get an alert each time an industry pro hears / rates your song etc. There is no real magic number. Our system is constantly learning and constantly changing what types of songs it shows other professionals. It often depends upon how many other opportunities exist in our system for similar music and ow much other good similar music is also getting traction in the system. Generally speaking though, almost all good pop songs with good hooks get some additional traction. Same with Country. Those seem to be the highes in demand recently.

  • Kevin

    Thanks for the quick reply Mike. This is my second account at music x-ray. In the past I always got at least 1-2 diagnostics in 48-72 hours. I just hadn’t heard anything at all yet which was unusual considering my past submissions. I submitted for diagnostics on 1/24. And I also didn’t get a response from Support either.

    Happy with music x-ray otherwise. If I could add one suggestion that would help some artists like me it would be to have the diagnostics also list what genre they recommend your song go under. I write a lot of cross-genre and sometimes just aren’t sure where it goes (rap or alternative). So they would rate it and then state Rap or Country or Rock etc.

  • Linda Kay

    How do I know how fans reacted to my song?

  • Kevin

    Mike, really having a hard time with music x-ray support. I see the value in Music X-ray and have used it for two years with success with another account, but my recent experience with my diagnostics (lack of any response 17 days later) and poor support is really bumming me out. I really need someone in management such as yourself to take a look at my support ticket, my followup, Adam’s response, and then what I wrote. There is something wrong here and I think you will agree. “This is a follow-up to your previous request #72518 “Problems with Music X-ray”

  • Lamigs Musico

    Music x-ray is what’s up

  • Lamigs Musico

    Stop by and read my comments and leave yours. Thanks

  • Vicki

    Hi Mike,
    Can you recommend what to do please ? I am a lyricist, have written a whole “Standards” album and many ballads but need to connect with a musician/composer to write the music….I don’t see any avenue for submitting lyrics only .Can you help please Thanks,Vicki