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How Music Bloggers can Prevent Google Blogocide 2010 from Happening Again

Posted by Mike McCready | February 13th, 2010 | No responses

Hey everyone we have been watching the issue with Google taking down the music blogs. They have been calling it the blogocide 2010 and we are not

happy to see it happy either. We suggest that bloggers use our drop box to more effectively accept requests for new music that they can then play

directly from music xray site. This is all free to do and you can read more here on how to do it:

Accepting song submissions on Music Xray is easy

Whether you’re a Grammy-winning producer, a music blogger, a label or just a guy with a website, you can begin using Music Xray to accept song

submissions. With your free dropbox you have the following options:

  • Accept submissions completely free (100% free for you and your submitters).
  • Charge a submission fee.

  • Donate any percentage of your fee to charity.
  • Promote your opportunities/your dropbox on your own websites and through social networks.
  • We promote many of the new opportunities to thousands of artists (we make sure they're real).

If you are posting songs you’ve received we have a couple different options. Like this or like this.
If you want to open a drop box click here and log in under Music Industry Professionals.

Tip of the Week:Invite other artists to try Music Xray and earn money when they conduct transactions on the site

Posted by Mike McCready | February 12th, 2010 | No responses

Invite other artists to try Music Xray and earn money when they conduct transactions on the site. Here’s how:

1. Log in as an artist on the right side of the page here: http://submit.musicxray.com/login
– Note: You must use a third party account (Facebook, Google, Yahoo etc).

2. On your dashboard you will see a button enabling you to invite other artists (it will even give you the option to import your contacts)

3. Send the invitations. Your earned balance will be reflected in real time on your dashboard. We pay you through PayPal.

Music Xray is one of the fastest growing sites for musicians and word is spreading fast. Position yourself to make some extra cash just for being among the first wave of artists to discover our service.

Tip of the Week:Find out if your songs have what it takes

Posted by Mike McCready | February 2nd, 2010 | No responses

Find out if your songs have what it takes. Check out the easiest and fastest way to truly know your music’s potential and potentially get signed in the process.

Read about it here.

Fix My Mix: Lets Talk About Your Song’s Mix: Hakim Callier
Hakim Callier is a mix engineer and music producer based in New York City. He graduated from the Institute of Audio Research (NYC) and has mixed records by Kristin Hersh, Jeff Caylor and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band.

He is offering free mix consultation services until July 27, 2010. During this time he will review your submissions and discuss them with you them from the mix’s perspective. We will discuss any questions you may have on:

The Sounds (your sound selections and making them bigger)
The Trends (common trends in you musical genre)
The Story (how the mix should match the song)
The Freshness (keeping the mix fresh and interesting)
The Space (height, depth and width)
The Lead (the most important voice/instrument in the song)
The Scene (this refers to the mood, and character of the mix, vintage, modern, etc.)
The Big Picture (pulling it all together to grab the listeners attention)
Hakim says, “I am looking forward to discussing these very important elements with you about YOUR song’s MIX .”

Tip of the Week:Please vote for Songs of Love Foundation to receive $1m

Posted by Mike McCready | January 19th, 2010 | No responses

Dear all,

Please vote for Songs of Love Foundation to receive $1m

By next week many of the music industry professionals on Music Xray will be donating part or all of their submission fees to one of many worthy charities we will make available. We are reminded this week by the tragedy in Haiti of just how important it is to be generous to those in need. For years we have admired the work John Beltzer is doing at the Songs of Love Foundation and now, if Songs of Love receives the most votes, Chase Bank will make a $1m donation to this very worthy cause. All it takes is your vote. You don’t even have to make a donation.

Please follow the instructions below to vote – and then please come back to this email to see all the great new opportunities that just arrived on Music Xray.

Step by Step Instructions

1. Login to your Facebook Account (skip this if already signed into Facebook)
2. Click here: http://tinyurl.com/winonemillion.
3. If prompted, click on the “Allow” button.
5. Click on the button “Become a Fan”
6. Click on the button “Vote for Charity”
7. You’ve done it! You will see a “Thank you for voting” message. Please publish your vote to spread the awareness across Facebook.

Mike McCready
CEO
Music Xray

Tip of the Week:Get a professional song critique

Posted by Mike McCready | January 12th, 2010 | No responses

Get a professional song critique.

You probably notice that some of the opportunities (and many of the new ones we’re introducing today) are for professional song critiques. If you have any doubts as to the value of professional feedback you can read a couple blog posts here:

Why You Should Have Your Songs Professionally Critiqued

Who You Should Ask To Critique Your Songs

Most importantly, this is one of the best ways to discover what you really have on your hands. Getting just a few professional opinions of people who are accomplished in the business can give you the confidence to know your song is ready to be pitched to real opportunities or the insights to make the improvements you need. Many of these professionals can help you in more ways than one. Engaging a professional for a song critique or career coaching can be a way to start a relationship that endures and that can result in real steps forward for you and your music.

Invite Other Artists to Try Music Xray and Earn Money

Posted by Mike McCready | January 11th, 2010 | No responses

Invite other artists to try Music Xray and earn money when they conduct transactions on the site. Here’s how:

1. Log in as an artist or an industry professional on the top of the musicxray.com website.
– Note: You may use a third party account to log in but it’s not required (Facebook, Google, Yahoo etc).

2. On your dashboard page you will see a button enabling you to invite other artists (it will even give you the option to import your contacts). Sending invitations using that button sends an email and automatically includes your affiliate links. But, you can use your affiliate link to create your own landing page, send your own email invites, tweet, post to FB etc.

You will also see in the “settings” section a counter that will show you how many affiliates have signed up under you.

Invite artists and get paid

3. Send the invitations. Your earned balance will be reflected in real time on your dashboard. We pay you through PayPal. Be sure that you have your PayPal account setup.

PayPal account setup

4. If you do not want to use email to get new artists to signup you can use the affiliate id. Click on the settings button on the top toolbar:

Settings tab

Just append the affiliate id to the end of any links to Music Xray including the urls for your song presentation package.

Music Xray affiliate program id

Tip Of The Week: Use the TuneCore module to sell your songs right from your Music Xray Song Presentation Pack

Posted by Mike McCready | January 5th, 2010 | No responses

Use the TuneCore module to sell your songs right from your Music Xray Song Presentation Pack.

See an example here: http://present.musicxray.com/xrays/1659/public

Tip of The Week:Use the TuneCore module to sell your songs right from your Music Xray Song Presentation Pack

Posted by Mike McCready | December 29th, 2009 | No responses

Use the TuneCore module to sell your songs right from your Music Xray Song Presentation Pack.

See an example here: http://present.musicxray.com/xrays/1659/public

Tip of the Week: Get instant feedback on your song by conducting a song survey

Posted by Mike McCready | December 8th, 2009 | No responses

Get instant feedback on your song by conducting a song survey. Create your own questions. Send your Music Xray song presentation pack to the people you want to respond. Their answers are sent anonymously to you via email. For more information clickhere.

It’s free and included in everyfree song presentation pack.

Today’s Press Release: Audiosocket Partners With Music Xray To Increase Artist Exposure & Offer New Opportunities

Posted by Mike McCready | November 3rd, 2009 | No responses

New York / Seattle November 3, 2009

Audiosocket, a leading provider of pre-cleared independent music for licensing has partnered with Music Xray to increase the visibility of artists in its catalog as well as to enrich the data associated to each song, making it easier for Audiosocket clients to find the most appropriate music for their projects.

Audiosocket represents over 20,000 pre-cleared songs by over 1,100 artists. Music Xray provides rich song presentation packs that aggregate more data around each song than any other song hosting solution on the web. Audiosocket will export much of its catalog to Music Xray, creating a unique song presentation pack for each title. Audiosocket artists will then be able to fill in additional data fields (lyrics, bio, notes and metadata) as well as to track metrics and stats (Twitter mentions, blog mentions, P2P traders, Myspace views and comments).

Audiosocket plans to integrate the enhanced song data as well as the artist information into it’s own proprietary search engine and will at the same time expose its catalog to a wider audience due to the music being incorporated into Music Xray’s own search engine. Regardless of whether the music is found by interested licensees on Music Xray’s or Audiosocket’s search engines, commercial inquiries will be directed back to Audiosocket.

Additionally, Audiosocket artists will be able to use the resulting song presentation packs as media widgets to expand their marketing efforts across the web as well as to submit their songs to hundreds of mass exposure opportunities offered through Music Xray and to interact directly with top industry professionals who offer career coaching, mentoring and song critiques.

Jenn Miller, President of Audiosocket said, “This partnership makes our discovery process even smarter by enabling us to combine the extensive human tagging we do for each song to additional artist-added fields and the music intelligence technologies that Music Xray brings to the table.”

Mike McCready, CEO of Music Xray added, “We are excited to announce the first partnership of this kind with Audiosocket because they provide such a quality catalog which will be interesting to the hundreds of music industry professionals that use our site every day to interract directly with artists and to find songs for their projects. Music Xray is dedicated to making interactions between artists and industry professionals rewarding and that’s easy when you can start with great songs like those in the Audiosocket roster.”

About Audiosocket:

Audiosocket licenses the best independent music for placement in all types of media. Representing over 1500 artists and a 20,000 song catalog, Audiosocket constantly scouts cutting-edge artists in all genres. Audiosocket offers pre-cleared music and makes it discoverable through a fantastic interface. Some of Audiosocket’s recent placements include: Nickelodeon, McDonald’s, Warner Brothers, Universal, The Gap, ABC’s Lincoln Heights, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s Conan O’Brien, Lifetime, Urban Outfitters, Lucky Magazine, Solomon, Converse, Plum TV, and more. Audiosocket recently became a preferred music provider for MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, etc), ABC and The Travel Channel, and are launching an iPhone app loaded with Audiosocket artists. While the Audiosocket home-base is in Seattle, there are also offices in LA, NY and New Orleans.

About Music Xray:

New York, NY based Music Xray (Platinum Blue Music Intelligence, Inc) connects artists directly with top music industry professionals and enables them to submit songs to hundreds of exposure opportunities. Songs are submitted to the industry as sleek song presentation packs that artists can also use to promote songs across the web. Additionally, the company is developing a music search engine that already helps song owners increase the searchability of their music.