Spotify’s Music Service Adds Video


In addition to listening to your favorite music, you can now use Spotify for watching your favorite podcasts and videos and jogging. This move by the service will put it in direct competition with lots of technology outlets, which also include some heavy duty names such as YouTube and Apple. The world of subscription streaming music services is currently dominated by Spotify and it has announced a number of changes that it will be making to its mobile app that will enable it to move into new realms of media distribution. This is just before the expected arrival of a competing music streaming service from Apple Inc.

Short video clips, podcasts and also playlists are part of the new features that will be added to Spotify. The playlists anticipate the kind of media and music a user may be interested in depending on the time of the day. Various media outlets will provide the content such as NBC, the BBC, Nerdist, Maker Studios and Comedy Central. The chief executive of the company, Daniel Ek, spoke at a news conference held in Manhattan where he said that the perfect music should only be a tap away. There is also another feature that can match the tempo of the music in a workout playlist according to a runner’s pace, as registered by the device.

Another indication of how closely Spotify is competing with Apple is the announcement of its partnership with Nike, which has had a close association with Apple and iTunes this year. There was also some celebrity power at the event. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the stars and creators of the Comedy Central show ‘Broad City’, made jokes about serving like video distractions on their smartphones and D’Angelo, the singer also played with a band including the bassist Pino Palladino and Roots drummer Questlove.

Last year, Apple purchased Beats for $3 million, the streaming service and headphone company, but hasn’t mentioned any plans. However, the music industry has already geared up for a colossal fight. Spotify has a head-start in the United States as it has been established for four years and has a total of 45 million free users and a total of 15 million paid users. In the last two years, the sales of downloads have plunged, but Apple has been slow in moving into the streaming market. Nonetheless, the vast reach of the company has made it a significant threat to others.

The new direction taken by Spotify has put it in direct competition with other media and technology companies. The disappearing-message app Snapchat also offers audio clips and short-form videos from a number of the same partners as do Yahoo and Google’s video arm, YouTube. In addition, thousands of high-definition videos are offered by another music streaming service called Tidal, which was purchased by Jay Z for $56 million. Also, this week, another music streaming service called Deezer introduced a total of 20,000 podcasts. Music services have begun to emphasize the value of playlists in order to distinguish themselves. 

Peter Dinklage Joins Coldplay for a Musical


Have you ever thought of how a Game of Thrones musical would be like? Well, thanks to Coldplay you don’t have to wonder anymore. A GoT musical was penned by Chris Martin and his other bandmates in support of the Red Nose Day celebrated by NBC. This is basically a campaign that’s dedicated to raising money for young people and children who are living in poverty. The musical sketch had been teased by the network, which will have two clips and will be aired on Thursday.

Watch the video here:


The first feature includes Peter Dinklage, who plays the role of Tyrion Lannister on the iconic series, and sings about all the deaths that have occurred so far on the popular HBO series. There is also a more Coldplay-esque and mellow tempo in the second clip, which features Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. He plays Jaime Lannister on the series and his clip includes him asking Cersei for a hand, which is funny because Jaime lacks a hand.

The collaboration between the HBO show and Coldplay doesn’t come off as a huge surprise because fans will remember that Will Champion, the drummer of the band made a cameo appearance in the episode of the Red Wedding. Now perhaps, maybe Jorah and Tyrion will sing some popular Westerosi tunes in the next couple of episodes. 

Vegas Residency Announced by Mariah Carey


Mariah Carey, the global superstar has finally wrapped up her first run of sold-out performances at The Colosseum at Ceasers Palace of her popular headlining residency titled MARIAH#1 TO INFINITY. There are about nine more shows that are scheduled for February 2016, which will include a performance on Valentine’s Day. The tickets will go on sale on 22nd, May, Friday. Since her residency made its debut on May 6th, it has been showered with praise from critics and fans alike. It is being regarded as a must-see and smash hit show in Las Vegas.

The dates of the nine shows that will be held in February 2016 are 2nd, 5th, 6th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 20th and 21st and their tickets will go on sale this Friday. Apart from that, people can still purchase tickets for the shows that were previously announced, which include those on 23rd and 24th May, 2015 and 8th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 25th and 26th July, 2015. Legendary Grammy Awards Producer Ken Ehrlich directed MARIAH#1 TO INFINITY, Creative Director Raj Kapoor brought it to life and Mariah herself conceptualized it. It embodies the true meaning of the glamor and glitz that’s all Vegas.

The breathtaking production has been designed exclusively for The Colosseum, which includes three back-up vocals, six-piece live band, ten dancers choreographed by Nappytab, the Emmy Award-winning married choreographers Napoleon D'umo and Tabitha D'umo, and also two DJs. Mariah performed 18 of her beloved and timeless Number One Hits in chronological order, hence taking her fans on a spectacular journey through her career and life in an unforgettable evening filled with new musical arrangements, fan-favorite singles and her new song called Infinity, which she performed live for the very first time.

There were many more surprises in store for the fans and a few of them include ‘We Belong Together’, ‘Fantasy’, ‘Vision of Love’, ‘Touch my Body’ and ‘Hero’. 

Billboard Music Awards 2015


Amazing, huge and entertaining; that’s how Billboard Music Awards 2015 can be defined. Not only did Taylor Swift release her big Bad Blood music video, but she also made the headlines with some really sexy Calvin Harris smooching. However, that doesn't mean that Kendall Jenner, One Direction and Jennifer Lopez didn't try to top it. The night was absolutely spectacular will well-deserved wins and performances. Let’s have a look at the winners who walked with an award on this night:

Top Artist 


Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift (Winner) 
One Direction
Sam Smith

Top Country Artist 


Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Brantley Gilbert
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line (Winner)

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Samsung Galaxy (Fan-Voted) 


Meghan Trainor
Taylor Swift (Winner) 
Iggy Azalea

Top Touring Artist 


The Rolling Stones
Kay Perry
Justin Timberlake
One Direction (Winner) 
Lady Gaga

Top Female Artist 


Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift (Winner) 
Meghan Trainor
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry

Top Male Artist 


Sam Smith (Winner) 
Ed Sheeran
Drake
Justin Timberlake
Pharell Williams

Top Radio Song 


Nico & Vinz “Am I Wrong”
MAGIC! “Rude”
Pharell Williams “Happy”
John Legend “All of Me” (Winner) 
Sam Smith “Stay with Me’

Top Rap Song 


Big Sean feat. E-40, "I Don't F--- With You"
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow"
Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy" (Winner) 
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"

Top Billboard 200 Album 


Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me
Taylor Swift, 1989 (Winner)
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Maroon 5, V
Ed Sheeran, x

Top Duo/Group 


Maroon 5
5 Seconds of Summer
One Direction (Winner) 
MAGIC!
Florida Georgia Line

Top New Artist 


Hozier
5 Seconds of Summer
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith (Winner) 
Iggy Azalea

Top Billboard 200 Artist 


Sam Smith
Taylor Swift (Winner) 
One Direction
Ed Sheeran
Pentanoix

Top Hot 100 Artist 


Ariana Grande
Meghan Trainor
Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift (Winner) 
Sam Smith

Top Digital Songs Artist 


Meghan Trainor
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift (Winner) 

Top Radio Songs Artist 


Ed Sheeran
John Legend
Taylor Swift
Sam Smith (Winner) 
Maroon 5

Top Social Artist 


Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
Justin Bieber (Winner) 
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande

Top Streaming Artist 


Nicki Minaj
Izzy Azalea (Winner) 
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor
Ariana Grande

Top R&B Artist 


John Legend
Trey Songz
Chris Brown
Pharell Williams (Winner) 
Beyoncé

Top RAP Artist 


J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Iggy Azalea (Winner) 
Rae Sremmurd
Drake

Top Rock Artist 


Hozier (Winner) 
Fall Out Boy
Bastille
Lorde
Coldplay

Top LATIN Artist 


Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romoe Santos (Winner) 
J Balvin

Top Dance/Electronic Artist 


Disclosure
Calvin Harris (Winner) 
Clean Banditt
Avicii
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist 


Lecrae
Newsboys
Hillsong United (Winner) 
Casting Crowns
MercyMe

Top Soundtrack 


Into the Woods
The Fault in Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Frozen (Winner) 

Top R&B Album 


Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Michael Jackson, Xscape
Pharrel Williams, G I R L (Winner) 
John Legend, Love in the Future
Chris Brown, X

Top Rap Album 


Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Winner) 
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic

Top Country Album 


Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Jason Aldean, Old Boots New Dirt (Winner) 

Top Rock Album 


The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Coldplay, Ghost Stories (Winner) 
Lorde, Pure Heroine
AC/DC, Rock or Bust
Hozier, Hozier

Top Latin Album 


Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love (Winner) 
Santana, Corazon
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Marc Anthony, 3.0
Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol 2

Top Dance/Electric Album 


Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, Motion
Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me (Winner) 
Avicii, True
Skrillrex, Recess

Top Christian Album 


Casting Crows, Thrive
Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red
MercyMe, Welcome to the New
Lecrae, Anomaly (Winner) 
NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers in the Wasteland

Top Hot 100 Songs 


Taylor Swift, “Shake it Off’
John Legend, “All of Me”
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Meghan Trainor, “All About that Bass” (Winner)

Top Digital Song 


Pharell Williams, “Happy”
Taylor Swift, “Shake it Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About that Bass” (Winner)
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”

Top Streaming Song (Audio) 


Meghan Trainor, “All About that Bass”
Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space’
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" (Winner) 
Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

Top R&B Song 


Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (Winner) 
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
John Legend, "All of Me"
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort & Tyga, "Loyal"
Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em"

Top Country Song 


Luke Bryan, "Play It Again"
Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down" (Winner) 
Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt"
Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On"
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll"

Top Rock Song 


Paramore, "Ain't It Fun"
Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church" (Winner)
Fall Out Boy, "Centuries"
Bastille, "Pompeii"

Top Latin Song 


Romeo Santos, "Eres Mía"
J Balvin feat. Farruko, "6 AM"
Romeo Santos, "Propuesta Indecente"
Romeo Santos feat. Drake, "Odio"
Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, "Bailando" (Winner)

Top Dance/Electric Song 


Calvin Harris, "Summer"
Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free"
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What" (Winner)
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

Top Christian Song 


Hillsong United, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"
Carrie Underwood, "Something in the Water" (Winner) 
Francesca Battistelli, "He Knows My Name"
Newsboys, "We Believe"
MercyMe, "Greater"


There were some powerful performances that lit up the stage at the Billboard Music Awards for this year ranging from the fiery rendition of “All Day” by Kanye West to the powerful and touching chords of Van Halen;s “Panama”. There were some really beautifully dressed stars that absolutely glowed in their evening attires and some malfunctions too, of course. An award show will always be incomplete without them. There were some hilarious moments too that will make the night memorable for everyone. 

Tiny Music Royalties Unexpectedly Add Up


Musicians haven't really gotten any major good news on the internet front since the internet stepped into our lives and reduced the size of the record industry by half. The internet is full of music, but income from streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify aren't enough to make up for the loss of revenue that has plagued the industry for the last 15 years. Matters have been complicated even further when fans upload most of the music online in the form of six-second videos on Vine or podcasts, which are difficult to track and monetize.

However, this may be changing because of a new group of companies who are looking for ways of finding, tracking and licensing music used all over the internet. The founder of the band called Secrets in Stereo, Josh Collum, who uses the stage name John Ryan, has signed up with Rumblefish, one of these companies. He admitted that he hadn’t been sure of what the companies did when he began working on them. Initially, all he had earned through Rumblefish were a few hundred dollars give or take, but something changed a couple of years ago.

He started getting some real money every quarter, which means tens of thousands of dollars. He said he called to ask what had happened. One of the reasons for this change was a song from the band’s 2007 debut album titled ‘Happy’. This had been a love song that had greatly moved Aaron Mischel, a wedding photographer. In 2009, the photographer had been searching for a song for a video he had made of a wedding. He used a website called Animoto for searching for tracks, which is a subscription site for professional photographers that offers pre-licensed music and editing tools.

The photographer said that sometimes he had to spend hours in finding a song, but songs such as Happy make the day as they are for joyous occasions. After the couple got their video from Mischel, it was posted on YouTube. The song was liked by those who went to the wedding and it was shared online. The song was also discovered by other wedding photographers and used in their videos. Collum said that he had crossed the 250 million views milestone, which was great for a singer who isn’t that known by people. Ironically, he had never thought of himself as a musician for weddings. But, they turned out to be very lucrative for his music.

Along with the money collected from Animoto by Rumblefish, it keeps track of the video’s views. When the number of views on a video rise, it is monetized with ads by YouTube and part of the money has to go to musicians who own the video’s song. Rumblefish collects this money for the singer. It has also made deals with websites similar to Animoto. It also has a deal with the portable video camera company called GoPro. It has software that can be used by camera owners for posing action videos and adding pre-licensed music to them. 

Videos are Going to Save Music Streaming


MTV is about to become a thing of the past as music videos are about to get even more popular than before. Except this time around, they will be everywhere you turn. Last week, there had been rumors that it was in Spotify’s plans to introduce videos as part of its streaming service in as it had partnered with a number of notable media companies. At first, the move seemed rather strange because, after all, Spotify is an audio music streaming service. But with difficulty in earning profits and growing operating losses, it definitely needs a new source of revenue and this is where videos can help.

Top dollar is demanded for ads that are played before and after a video. Unlike when people are listening to music, they aren’t doing anything when they are about to watch the video so they pay attention to ads. The CEO of music startup Vadio, Bryce Clemmer said that streaming platforms are passive as people can forget about them for long periods of time. He said that other music streaming services would also board the video bandwagon because they are struggling whereas the video industry is thriving. Just today, Vadio made the announcement of a $7.5 million Series A funding round for delivering music videos to platforms such as Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio and other digital music platforms.

Vadio's technology is used by streaming services for accessing its partner Vevo's huge database of music videos and they are incorporated into channels and playlists on mobile apps and the web. The former president of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, Yair Landau, who is now COO at Vadio said that moving pictures offer a better way to communicate with people who may be consuming music, but they would definitely prefer videos.

In the past few years, there has been a dramatic rise in the viewership of music videos online in the US, as per Vadio. The primary place where people get their fix is YouTube. Vadio is hoping to reduce this dependence by allowing users to access music videos through radio stream directly from the music platform of their choice. Clemmer has said that for streaming services, turning their listeners into video viewers can open up a new path to profits. There are problems in monetizing streaming and video is the best way to combat it. Users don’t look at their phones or TVs much when they are listening to music on their streaming service.

However, with videos, this can be changed because viewers will have a reason to stare at the screen. Clemmer claims that user behavior can be changed by introducing videos and this will keep them engaged in the app for long. Also, even if users aren't willing to watch videos all the time, they will still have this option at their disposal whenever the mood strikes. Clemmer says that there is no reason to restrict our phones, laptops and tablets to just audio because they have screens and can be used for watching videos too. 

Taylor Swift Teases Posters for her Bad Blood Music Video


With less than a week left until the premiere of the country singer’s new music video for her vengeful album ‘Bad Blood’, Taylor Swift has been frequently teasing her fans with character posters that have a Sin City-esque touch. These posters are of the famous faces that will also star with the singer in the video. The 25-year-old singer recruited some of her numerous BFFs for this project and put together a group of some really badass ladies.

Each of these celebrities boast a unique femme fatale alter ego, which, as per the tweets of the 1989 hitmaker, they selected themselves. The singer’s Bad Blood persona is Catastrophe, with a lot of emphasis on ‘Cat’. The ‘Style’ singer’s poster was the first to be revealed on May 7th and shows the star staring down at the camera wearing a sexy leather motorcycle jacket and some exceptional eye makeup. The video will make its debut on May 17th at the Billboards Music Awards and was directed by Joseph Kahn, who had previously worked with the singer on ‘Blank Space’.

The leading ladies that will be part of the music video include Lily Aldridge as Frostbyte, Hayley Williams as The Crimson Curse, Zendaya as Cut-throat, Ellie Goulding as Destructa X, Gigi Hadid as Slay-Z, Lena Dunham as Lucky Fiori, Hailee Steinfield as The Trinity, Serayah Love as Dilemma and Karlie Kloss as Knockout. There is also at least one male in the video, whose poster was unveiled on May 11th. According to the singer’s Twitter, Kendrick Lamar will show up as Welvin Da Great.

However, there is definitely one star who will not have a role; Katy Perry. As confirmed by sources, Bad Blood was written by Swift regarding the ongoing rivalry between her and the ‘Roar’ singer. Both Perry and Swift dated John Mayer so it was rumored that this had something to do with the issue between them. But, the Blank Space singer made it clear that their beef wasn't personal and it was not about a guy at all.

In fact, she said that the problem was completely professional because Katy Perry did something very horrible, which made them enemies. She said that the singer had tried to sabotage an entire arena tour and hire her (Swift’s) people, but as she doesn't like conflict and confrontations, she tries to stay away from Perry and avoid her as much as possible. 

Upcoming Maroon 5 Show at the Asia World Arena in Hong Kong


The upcoming Maroon 5 show at the Asia World Arena in Hong Kong on 4 September will be one of the hottest tickets in Hong Kong this year. The band has been behind many Top Ten hits and continues to be one of the world's top draws.

Today, you can find tickets for the Maroon 5 show online. It has never been easier to find tickets online than it is now.

The Asia World Arena has developed a strong reputation for being where only the world's biggest performers will come out to play. Since it opened in 2005, the arena has played to an extensive variety of artists from all corners of the world. These include both local stars and plenty of internationally-known artists.

In fact, the upcoming Maroon 5 show here at the Asia World Arena marks the fourth time that the band has come to this popular venue. This also marks the first time since 2012 that the band has come around. Naturally, the demand for tickets for this show will be rather high, what with the band not coming around too often.

There's also the fact that the band has sold millions of records and has been in demand that has caused people to check out their shows throughout the world. Today, Maroon 5 continues to be a hit band thanks in part to their new album V and its many strong singles.

In addition, the band has gotten on the Top Ten charts in several countries from all corners of the world. The band has also been in the headlines for a long time and continues to be in the public eye thanks to lead singer Adam Levine's role on the Voice. It is the televised singing competition that has become so popular that it's practically forced one-strong television stalwart American Idol to hang it up in 2016.

It's clear that tickets will sell out for this show. Fortunately, people can go online right now to buy tickets or to even sell them to others as needed. With so many options for third-party ticket sales, it is no secret that people can still get the tickets that they really want for the Maroon 5 show without having to worry about losing out on the process of actually getting tickets. This should certainly be an exciting concert for everyone to enjoy as it comes along to Hong Kong.

Pitbull Highlights Music Industry’s Mistake


Also known as Pitbull, the rapper Armando Christian Perez, said that biggest mistake made by the music industry is not partnering with former CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs and chose to fight with Napster rather than purchasing it.

He said that the unique part about the music business is that this industry has the capability of making money for every other business, but finds it difficult to do the same for itself. Now, the industry is trying to look for ways to monetize itself and exploring options that hadn't been considered before.

In fact, the rapper said that people are just starting to figure out how music can turn out to be an asset to technology as it has become obvious through popular names like Pandora, Spotify and Jay Z’s new service called Tidal.

Perez said that music executives may be worried about making money in the face of free-streaming music, but he doesn’t share these concerns because he can keep on making his music and still earn money without any problems. He said that his product couldn't be made or coded and there isn't any way to patent it. Pitbull said that it could give him some good business whether they choose to monetize it or not.

While he is known for his unique music, Perez is also a businessman and he is looking for ways to expand his brand and assist others along the way. Amongst other activities, the rapper is an equity partner with Miami Grill, has also been hooked up with Voli Vodka and has sponsorships from different companies and even a fragrance line.

He stated that they attempt to build a portfolio within their own business or platform, for lack of a better term. The rapper said that because people weren’t aware of it, this provided them the opportunity of flying under the radar and making knowledgeable and educated decisions on whatever deal they are working on. But, he did add that business opportunities have always meant more to him than just the money. To him, the journey also matters because it teaches valuable lessons that you can’t get anywhere else.

Along with the Florida entrepreneur named Manny Medina and other investors from the eMerge Americas conference in Miami, the rapper rang the Nasdaq closing bell. Medina organized the event, which was aimed at bringing leaders and investors in the tech startup industry across the country together. The exclusive media partner is CNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal. Perez said that taking part in the event would be an honor for him as he loves seeing growth. He is also pleased to contribute to a platform for people who have been rejected many times, but can now interact with others from similar experiences and background. 

Top 10 Things to Look for When Hiring a Band


Whether you are a club owner or just a regular guy looking to hire a band for your party or wedding, there are some important things to look for in the group you plan to hire. A representative from MigrateMusicNews met the team of EarCandyLive.co.uk and we compiled a list of things to keep in mind when selecting your future entertainment and booking a great entertainment agency:

10. Professional attitude. This is essential. There is nothing worse than hiring a group of people who will be intoxicated, belligerent or rude in front of family and friends for your next get-together

9. Experience. While some young musicians can be quite accomplished, generally the best bands will have seasoned players with at least 10 years of professional experience. You definitely don’t want a high school garage band performing at your wedding.

8. Wide repertoire. It is important if the band is playing to a mixed crowd, that they have a list of songs that will appeal to both young and old.


7. Check the bands material. Be sure to listen to recordings or video clips of the band online. This will give you an idea of the style of music they play and whether or not they drop the F-bomb in every song.


6. Volume. Make it clear to the band the volume level that is suitable for your event. Not every band will be okay with playing quieter, so be upfront about it before you hire them.

5. Image and dress of the band. This is a matter of personal taste, but you probably don’t want a band clad in hot pink spandex, or in black nail polish and trench coats for that matter. A band with a blue collar appearance is usually best.

4. Cool front man. A band with a charismatic lead singer will help get the crowd involved in the music and make everyone have a good time. Just make sure he doesn’t steal your wife or girlfriend after the show.

3. Reputation. Check with other people who have hired the band before. Make sure they always put on a good show and never left anyone hanging.

2. Get their rates before hiring. Nothing will sour an evening like having to argue with the band over payment for the show. Be clear on what their rate is for the gig, and be sure to pay them properly. On your end, make sure they played for the full amount of time.


1. Audience response. The most important thing about music is if the people who are listening are having a great time. It’s not important if the band plays perfectly and the guitarist hits every solo. What matters is if your friends or customers enjoyed the entertainment and the joy the music brings to event.

So, contact EarCandy today to start putting together the perfect live entertainment under the guidance of your appointed coordinator!  With the combination of our years of experience, our uniquely customizable music experience, and amazingly experienced and talented staff you’ll be able to pull together an amazing event with the perfect band in no time. If you would like to find out more information please visit their website, logon to their EarCandy London page or see their live bands in action at their EarCandy YoutTube channel.

Kim Kardashian Brings Spanx after Faceoff with Beyonce at Met Gala


Another bold fashion assault was made by Kim Kardashian on Tuesday on New York as she headed out her apartment in the city. The 34-year-old reality star was seen exiting her Soho complex after donning a spectacular white ensemble. It comprised of a split white skirt and a body-hugging lace white top. Figure forming Spanx was also apparent.

At last night’s Met Gala, she turned heads when she appeared in a sheer Roberto Cavalli gown, but got some really hot competition in the form of Beyonce who managed to steal the show with her almost-naked Givenchy ensemble. According to a reporter from www.gazetemege.com, the Keeping up with the Kardashians star was also on the receiving end of the accusation of copying the ensemble of Beyonce in 2012’s Met Gala, which had been a similar style, but she still managed to rock the carpet with her husband, Kanye West.

She was headed out to a big signing in New York for promoting her new book of some really sexy selfies called Selfish, which is priced at $20 and has become available recently. The mother of one looked completely ready for a close up with her slicked back hair and perfectly styled makeup that complemented her sartorial style. 

Google Doubles Time for Play Music Free Access


For some time, Google Play Music has been attempting to gain traction in a market that’s full of strong competitors. Today, a 30 day free trial was offered by the music service; this is on top of the already existing 30 day free trial offered, which means that new subscribers can enjoy about 2 months of free music. This would involve complete access to all of the 30 million songs that exist on Google Play Music, which can be downloaded or streamed to all connected devices.

This means that anyone who isn’t a subscriber right now can just go over to Google Play Music and will be granted unrestricted access. This trial hasn’t been offered in some countries as yet such as the UK, but it will become available in most regions and areas in the next few hours. However, people should stay alert because this offer will not last for very long so hesitating too much won’t be a good decision. After the 2 month trial comes to an end, the users will be asked to subscribe to Play Music for the standard charge of $9.99 a month, which unlocks ‘All Access’.

As we can infer from the name, this will allow you to download or stream as much music as you could possibly want. Play Music has been attempting to promote their service with similar deals and offers like this one. Google has been pushed to move their game ahead in the streaming market because there has been increased competition from other streaming services such as Amazon Music, Spotify, Rdio, iTunes Match and Tidal. Users can use Play Music for maintaining a personal catalog of about 50,000 songs on the web. This is their ‘online music locker’ and they can stream from it whenever they wish and on any device they prefer.

Of course it is perfectly possible for them to download music as well, if they want. Furthermore, in order to compete with its biggest competitor iTunes, Google’s Play Music will now also be available on the iPad and has already been available on the iPhone for a while. Up until now, Play Music has been doing well and offers such as these can give it a good boost. Google introduced the service after it acquired music streaming service called Songa in 2014. The acquisition gave it the ability of providing users with playslist based on time, your recent downloads and your last played music.

When combined with unlimited online streaming, the online music locker, Chromecast compatibility, sharing on 10 devices, custom radio stations and you have got a very powerful and impressive music streaming service. 

DJ Gear - A Beginner’s Guide


Records made their appearance in the late nineteenth century, with the first turntables showing up on the scene about 20 years later in 1909. It’s not surprising that disc jockeys, or DJs, quickly appeared, making a niche for themselves in the world of music. And as long as there is music to be played, DJs are sure to keep spinning, whether literally or figuratively. If you are an aspiring DJ, you'll want to decide on whether you wish to follow the classic analog path of the earlier eras or whether you want to go modern with digital prior to purchasing your gear.

If you opt to go the analog route, your primary investment will be your two turntables. You’ll want to make sure they have USB inputs, quality sound, and direct drive motors. For those planning to ride the digital highway, a high quality laptop will be your best friend. You'll want to ensure your computer has at least two gigabytes of RAM, 25 gigs of hard drive space, a Core 2 Duo processor, and a minimum of two USB connections. These purchases will be the foundation of your business and setup, so be vigilant in choosing the best product for your needs as well as DJ gear you can trust. For more information on the type of equipment needed to begin a lucrative DJ career. Take a look at the following infographic:

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Kygo on the Road to World Domination


Right now, the biggest breaking star in the world is Kygo. Even more exciting is the fact that the 24 year-old Norwegian global sensation is on the course to becoming the fastest artist to have achieved the milestone of one billion streams.

Firestone, his current single that features Conrad, has become a permanent fixture in the top ten in UK and has already gong silver with about 200,000 sales. The upcoming single of the new star titled ‘Stole the Show’ has already become a global top 20 hit. Earlier this month, the Mojave tent had been closed by Kygo at Coachella on both weekends.

Kygo is streamed about 3 million times daily and he has been streamed worldwide about 225 million times on Spotify. For the last month, the Norwegian singer has been top 3 UK Shazam and next Tuesday, he will do a Radio 1 live lounge with guest vocalists Parson James and Conrad.

His remix of ‘I see Fire’, an Ed Sheeran track, gave Kygo prominence and he had previously remixed ‘Midnight’ by ColdPlay after he had been asked by Chris Martin. He was born in Bergen, Norway, and is a classically trained artist who has been playing the piano since he was six years old.

At the age of 24, the singer is already an accomplished producer and DJ. An album is expected to be released in autumn whereas fans can expect a new EP to be released this summer. Anticipation continues to be high as the star moves full speed ahead on the road to world domination. 

Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips Collaborating


The weird sonic friendship between Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips continues in the form of an upcoming collaborative LP. The pop star and the psychedelic rock band co-wrote the seven-track album last year and Lips members Steven Drozd and Wayne Coyne are currently mixing them. About the set Coyne was of the opinion that Miley Cyrus does pop really well so it feels like pop, but is actually a truer and sadder version of it. He said that some of it reminded him of Portishead and Pink Floyd.

It was in early 2014 that the unlikely partnership took hold when being a huge Lips fan, Cyrus tweeted a birthday greeting to Wayne Coyne. The front man responded by sending his phone number to the pop star, leading to the realization that they both shared a surreal approach to life and art. Coyne said that they had been getting into each other’s world, which meant that they text daily, between three to thousand times.

Miley’s commitment to music has impressed Coyne, which was recorded and written in Cyrus’s Los Angeles abode and the band’s studio. The Lips singer said that her studio is small and comprises of a desk where she was mixing. He couldn’t imagine Beyonce doing it, which wasn’t a putdown, but came as a surprise as far as Cyrus is concerned.

No release date has been given for the yet untitled album, but is one of the latest collaborations between the group and the singer. Cyrus appeared in their video and also added vocals to the band’s Beatles covers. 

On the Water Ready to Release Their New Album Cordelia


On the Water, a dark folk project from Philadelphia, will soon release their fifth album, Cordelia. Fletcher Van Vliet, songwriter and founding member, describes the album as a dark love poem about self-discovery, realizing the things you love, close friends and adventure, limitations and failures, and bouts with depression. Some of the songs are directly about the loss of his father, who unexpectedly passed away in 2012 of cancer. Vinyl and digital releases of Cordelia will be available on May 9, 2015, and can now be pre-ordered from Bandcamp.

On the Water has been said to produce "earnest and inspired work" (The Aquarian) and songs that "have that beautiful dichotomy and balance of shadow and light, sorrow and joy" (The Deli). Cordelia still holds true to those statements, featuring songs that speak of love, death, dreams, and human frailty. On the Water also collaborated with Jesse Sparhawk, the renowned harpist who has worked with Marissa Nadler, Greg Weeks, and many other notable folk singers.

On the Water's members have always been influx, ranging from one to nine members. The project began in 2007 as an outlet for the raw, honest folks songs that Van Vliet had been writing. The band had a wild, high-spirited air about them, fueled mostly by whiskey. When they performed live, the group would set aside microphones and set lists to better complement their desire for spontaneity. As an eight and nine-piece band, On the Water released two albums: Anchor (2011) and False Starts (2013). In 2014, the group dwindled to four core members (Fletcher Van Vliet, Robin Carine, Taylor Jamison, and Lucas Carine), ending an era as Philadelphia's dark folk orchestra, but jump-starting a prolific collaboration. The result was two new albums: Baptism (an EP released on December 31, 2014) and the upcoming full-length,Cordelia, both recorded over the course of only two days. Cordelia also features three guest musicians, including Evan McGonagle on cello, the aforementioned Jesse Sparhawk on harp, and Aubrey Van Vliet on vocals.

Fletcher Van Vliet's songwriting catalog is vast and diverse, including intimate folk songs written for On the Water, his work with little-known side project, Ulthar (an experimental doom metal band) and songs written for his former theatrical post-punk band, Da Comrade (who shared stages with folks like Monotix). Van Vliet's incredible body of work is a true testament to the depth, expansive creativity, and diversity that he continues to bring to modern independent music. Van Vliet now lives in west Philadelphia with his wife and cats, working as a bartender, although he's often away on tour.

Stay tuned to On the Water's upcoming three-month tour throughout the United States, May through July of 2015, by following them on Twitter and Facebook. Preview songs from Cordelia and pre-order the album on Bandcamp, before the official release on May 9, 2015. 

Ryan Adams Covers ‘Summer of 69’


Apparently, he doesn't forget. It has been nearly 13 years since a fan was infamously ejected from the Ryman Auditorium located in downtown Nashville by Ryan Adams. He was given a $40 refund while he was leaving. What was the crime? The fan was repeatedly shouting requests for ‘Summer of 69’, a Bryan Adams song. While it may have been a harmless joke, it was a major distraction in the show which mostly featured Adam’s acoustic guitar, his voice and cameos from David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

Adams returned with the Cardinals along with him to the Ryman after four years. Delivering two hours of Deadhead-driven country rock, the singer may have been looking to bury the hatchet, but the band’s performance came to a stop when a heckler in the second row began a string of taunts directed at the front man. Adam cut his performance of Jacksonville City Night’s ‘Games’ halfway through the first verse and angrily answered the heckler, daring him to come up on stage and then speak.

The heckler backed off after that and the show stayed uneventful after that, with no reprimands or refunds needed. However, the gig failed to get rid of the lingering memories of the original Ryman incident from the mind of the singer. Adam failed to do anything for putting the whole thing at rest until last night. He had a two-night stand at the Ryman and during his final moments, the singer wrapped up a mesmerizing and wonderful performance of ‘I See Monsters’.

Two sheets of paper were brought to the front of the stage by a roadie when Adams stepped away from the microphone. He gave the sheets a quick once-over. Then, along with the full band who were waiting in the wings, he surprised everyone with an acoustic performance of ‘Summer of 69’. It was basically a stripped-down version of a song that had been the cause of so much drama nearly a decade before.

Adams has developed a genuine friendship with Bryan Adams in the last year and even wished him a happy birthday in November. The 1985 hit was played by Adams alone and he treated it as a melodic and moving tribute to teenage dreams and young love rather than a guilty pleasure of the Reagan-era. In this two-day sold out show, Adam decided to reserve the best for last and made peace with the city that had been his home when he recorded his solo debut in 2000. 

Instagram Launches Music Community


Recently, Instagram announced introduced a new official community on its service that’s dedicated to musicians and music and has been given the handle @music. This is the first time that the picture-sharing service has made a dedicated account that’s focused on a single subject, according to the blog post that as published by the Facebook-owned social network on Wednesday morning.

Activity on the social network itself sparked the idea of this new community as a quarter of the most popular accounts made on Instagram these days are those made by musicians. Now, Instagram is aiming to fuel the flames even further as pertaining to the interest of its 300 million plus users in this particular subject. Kevin Systrom, the CEO and founder of Instagram explained that the music community has remained an integral part of the social network.

In the past few years, both big and small artists have joined Instagram revealing their creativity, sharing stories and connecting with their fans. There are lots of popular artists nowadays with accounts on Instagram including Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Madonna, Katy Perry and more. However, even emerging artists are making use of the service as it has become a platform where they can connect with their fan base and widen it.

Alex Suskind, Music Editor Instagram, will head up the new @music community and will cover a wide variety of topics concerning music. This will include music fans, album illustrations, instruments, concerts, studio sessions and more for all kinds of artists, both starts and up-and-coming artists. This account will only have six posts every week and specific hashtags will be used for grouping them into series.

As far as the ‘community’ aspect of the service is concerned, it will include encouraging participation from @music followers not only in the posts and the comments, but also with a music-themed and new monthly hashtag project. This is quite similar to the Weekend Hashtag project that’s currently run by Instagram on its main @Instagram account, only it will be customized in accordance with the music community. There are 60 million followers of the main account and the company uses it for spotlighting creative members of the community. This new community is simply its extension.

The first feature that kicks off the launch of @music is on Questlove. As opposed to other Instagram posts, these community contributions aren’t just a quick video, photo or even a comment. Instead, it comprises of long-form content. For instance, as far as Questlove is concerned, a multi-paragraph article will provide a closer look into the origin story of the artist. The decision of branching into verticals based on the interests of users is an interesting move for the photo-and-video sharing network.

Instagram hadn't launched its own online communities before for engaging the users of its service in a meaningful way. If this @music community becomes a success, it is more likely that it will be used as a model for expanding into other areas, which will be meaningful for its user base. 

Apple Will Charge you More for Tidal


While the #TidalFacts campaign conducted by Jay-Z may have spiraled out of control, the service still hasn't stopped trying to win fans by offering them a number of promotions. First and foremost, the rapper is now going by Jaÿ-Z. Secondly, Jay has added some exclusive sides to his service. What are they? Basically, they are tracks that he hasn’t performed in the last 10 years or some are even those that haven’t been performed live at all.

A contest has also been organized by TIDAL. What is the prize? Access to a Jay Z show in New York and in order to secure this intimate prize, users of the service have to create a playlist and share it on Twitter. However, if you are interested in subscribing for the TIDAL service from within your iOS app, you will have to shell out more money. Apple Inc. has boosted the price of hifi from $19.99 a month to $25.99 a month. As far as the non-hifi subscription is concerned, it has been raised to $12.99 a month from $9.99 a month.

This is about a 30% increase in price and TIDAL has said that this cost has been added by Apple and not the service. Hence, if you don’t want to pay so much, you can directly purchase subscriptions from TIDAL, which will be available at the prices mentioned above. If you opt for the higher price in the app, you will have to pay it for the entire duration of your subscription. 

I Know My Limits; Bono


According to the U2 front-man, he thought his head was harder than any surface that it came into contact with. Bono is still recovering from the accident he was in last November when he was riding his bike in Central Park in New York City. He suffered from several injuries, which included three fractures to his hand and left shoulder blade and he also had to go through reconstructive surgery.

From then on, the singer’s whole outlook regarding his own strength has undergone a complete change. In his interview to the New York Times, the singer said that he had always assumed that his head was way tougher, but now he couldn’t think that anymore. He came off a push-bike rather than a Harley Davidson and was ‘smashed to bits’. Thus, there was no glory in what happened.

The U2 singer had revealed in February that the damage could be serious enough to prevent him from ever playing the guitar again. It is still the same case sadly and the start has to come to terms with the fact that the movement of his hand will never be the way it was. He said that his hand seemed unfamiliar because he couldn’t bend it the same way.

However, he also added that it takes time for the nerves to heal so he would know his fate for sure in the next 13 months. Currently, his hand is hard and numb whereas his face has healed almost completely and his shoulder has also recovered. After his accident, the band had had to cancel a week-long residency on The Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon so they are all rearing up to get back on stage again. But, it will not be the same anymore because the 54-year-old will not be able to play guitar anymore.

The singer said that his bandmates, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. don’t seem to mind the issue. U2 are currently in rehearsals for their Innocence and Experience tour, which will kick off on May 14th, at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. 

Why Apps Are The Inescapable Future of Music


Music has come a long way in the last decade. As time goes on we have seen music go more digital than ever. While CDs are still made, there use has plummeted. With so many people using digital music services it is now possible for emerging artists to cut tracks and gain listeners well before they ever release a hard copy of an album. Here are some of the many reasons why music apps are the future of music.

Apps Make Accessing Your Music A Breeze

Apps such as Pandora are available for many devices such as smartphones, televisions, Wii, PlayStation, and more. That means in little time you can access your music from almost anywhere. No more copying files over to devices. All you need is your phone in many cases. Worry Free Labs produces custom apps that can help artists connect with their fans.

Subscription Services

The age of the internet has made music more affordable for listeners. Services like Spotify offer music lovers the ability to download and listen to any song they offer for less than the cost of one compact disc. This means you can listen to albums from top artists the day they come out.

Sharing Made Easy

Although the format the music is in has changed, friends and family still listen to music together. Apps make it easy to make play lists of songs to share with your friends and family that subscribe to the same services. You can also access your music while at parties and gatherings by logging into your account.

More Variety

Apps make it easy to explore different musical artists and genres. When you are paying one price no matter what it is not risky to try new music. This also helps musical artists to promote their work by reaching a broad demographic.  This makes it possible for musicians to be successful without the help of a major record label or huge promotional team.

No Waiting and More Durable

Digital music apps make getting music almost instantaneous. To get a CD you either have to go to a brick and mortar store or order it. Plus CD's get scratched, take up space, and can be lost or stolen. Digital tracks are always there and backed up for you to use whenever you want.

Tracks Can Be Accessed Without The Internet With Some Services

While some people live where there is pretty much always internet service around, there are still plenty of places where coverage can be not so great. Services such as Spotify and Rhapsody offer subscribers the ability to download songs for offline use. This can be a great thing to have if you are travelling remotely and out of internet contact for extended times.

Discourages Piracy

Many musicians are making more money now that digital music is big than they did before. The cost of music is lower but music services have made there be less incentive for music lovers to illegally download tracks. When CDs cost $15 or $20 each, pirating music was much more lucrative. At $10 per month for Spotify, it is just not worth the risk for someone to do.  This means musicians are getting royalties instead of nothing.

How Musicians Are Moving to the Film Industry


From 8 Mile to A Hard Day’s Night, some of the world’s greatest musicians have become part of movie history by writing and performing iconic soundtracks. It used to be the exception rather than the rule, but in recent years, the concept of popular musicians creating musical scores, rather than leaving the task to classically trained composers, is gaining momentum.  

Modern producers increasingly look to contemporary artists for inspiration, choosing pop, hip-hop or soul sounds to suggest a tone and atmosphere that is unique to that production. Music is a shortcut to generating an emotional response; be it noises of panic, lavish romance or exhilaration, it affects an audience and enhances their viewing pleasure.

It’s unlikely that the mutually beneficial relationship between musicians and filmmakers will end any time soon. Companies such as Global Produce are always keen to remain on top of their game, and with an experienced producer like CEO Marc Shmuger, they’ll certainly continue to deliver movies that bring the best in recording talent to the big screen.

Just like the gaming industry, the music industry has always enjoyed a close relationship with film production. There have been numerous soundtrack tie-ins, and the release of singles always generates interest in forthcoming productions. Moreover, some musicians who are better known for other work are now becoming popular musical score writers for movies. Jonny Greenwood is probably best known to music fans as the lead guitarist and keyboard player in the rock band Radiohead. However, he has a second career as a composer and has worked on the soundtrack for many Hollywood hits, including There Will Be Blood, Norwegian Wood and Inherent Vice.

The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack included songs from hip artists such as Sia, Ellie Goulding and Skylar Grey, indicating just how keen contemporary stars are to be associated with a movie. In an impressive track listing, one of the standout contributions was Beyoncé’s sensual remix of her dance track “Crazy in Love.” The fact that it was widely used in pre-release trailers – debuted via Beyoncé’s personal Instagram account – demonstrates the powerful influence certain celebrities have on a potential audience.

Although soundtracks are not the most conspicuous element of a feature, they do play an important part in the filmmaking process. Along with the cinematography and the actors, music creates meaning, helping to transport an audience into the film’s narrative and heightening the emotional impact.

Music Rights Group Joined by Google and Amazon


Pandora, Google and Amazon have joined forces with restaurants, radio stations and other music distributors for pushing back against an effort by publishers, musicians and record labels for charging more for the use of their music and songs. The MIC Coalition was launched on Wednesday in Washington and has raised the stakes in a battle being conducted over the economics over the music industry. According to some companies like Spotify and Pandora, some of the most popular streaming services of this age are under threat and they could go out of business.

AM and FM radio broadcasters, online services and other commercial music users come together in this coalition. These members claim that big publishers and record companies like Warner Music, Universal Music and Sony have dominated the debate over access to music and licensing rights. The MIC Coalition said that the next two years could be pivotal for the music industry because big decisions would be made by the Congress, the Copyright Royalty Board and the Department of Justice, which will have an impact on where and how music is played and the cost that the users and consumers will bear for it.

The antitrust exemptions made in the era of the Second World War are being reviewed by the Department of Justice because they still influence how much can be charged by the publishers for song performance royalties while revisions to the digital royalty rates are expected from the Copyright Royalty Board in December. Record labels and music publishers argue that in order to fairly compensate artists and songwriters for their works, the copyright reforms are needed.


The President of the National Music Publishers Association, David Israelite, said that these archaic regulations have been exploited by streaming giants such as Pandora for using the work of songwriters and not paying them much. Therefore, he added, it didn’t come as a surprise to know that they were teaming up with other tech and streaming giants for fighting the artists and songwriters. Representing record companies and artists, the musicFirst coalition’s Ted Kalo said that this new coalition was just a bunch of huge corporations hiding behind a gauzy mission statement and new website for continuing their campaign of not compensating musicians fairly.

Spotify, Pandora and other streaming services state that more than half of their revenue goes in paying royalties and their operations would be hamstrung or they may go out of business completely if they are forced to pay higher rates. According to Spotify, if it paid the same to publishers as it was paying record labels, it would be giving away 100% of its revenue, making it unsustainable. A submission made to the Copyright office showed that about 70% of Spotify’s revenue is used for paying royalties in the US.

Apart from that, in its 10 years of existence, only two profitable quarters have been generated by Pandora because of high royalty payments. Even though it has about $81 million listeners, its royalties were about half of its $1 billion revenue last year. Some high profile performers have also been forced to take action because of their concern over getting fair payments. For instance, Tidal was launched by Jay Z, a service that aims to offer more to stars for their songs. Likewise, Taylor Swift also withdrew her songs from Spotify last year. However, these moves haven’t been successful in slowing down the growth of established streaming brands such as Rhapsody and Spotify. Streaming revenues surpassed CD sales last year in the US and they are on their way to overtaking downloads as the single largest source of revenue for the industry. 

How to Become a Film Composer


For those who are looking for a great career in music, like Costa Damoulianos film composer, becoming a film composer is one of the most rewarding jobs you can get. Musicians very often find movies very inspiring when it comes to composing music and strive to be able to work with directors to score movies one day. According to a poll published in Vanity Fair, most film composers found their calling very early in life, finding themselves wanting to write music for movies from a very young age. However, as you might have already discovered, there aren't any set guidelines for the steps you need to take to land a job in this very fulfilling career choice. As a matter of fact, many well-known film composers have taken very different paths in order to arrive at their ultimate goals. For example:

• John Williams, who is well known for scoring such major motion pictures as Star Wars and Harry Potter and has won five separate Oscars for his work began his musical career as a piano student at Julliard. He later began working as a jazz pianist in several different New York night clubs. It wasn't until he met Bernard Herrmann that he began working in film.

• Howard Shore, who is well known for his work composing the original work for Lord of the Rings graduated from Berklee College of Music to play in a jazz group before be became the musical director for Saturday Night Live. It wasn't until he met and collaborated with David Cronenburg that his film career took off.

• Danny Elfman began his musical career as the lead singer of the group Oingo Boingo in the 80s. It wasn't until he began working with Tim Burton that he began scoring movies. He is responsible for composing the original music on most of Tim Burton's films as well as on such box office hits as Batman Returns, the Men in Black series, and Spider-Man.

If you are looking to take a similar path, there is no set path for you to take. However, you can increase your chances of landing the career of your dreams by:

Getting a college degree in music or a related field. Getting a college education in an arts program gives you the proper educational foundation you need to be successful. The University of Southern California or NYU have great programs that focus on music composition and film composition and scoring that can help you get the education you need while also helping you get vital experience by working with student film directors that will help you add to your portfolio.

Work on different types of films. Odds are you won't start your career in the majors. Most film composers will cut their teeth by creating jingles for commercials, student films, movie trailers and more. These projects are vital to the development of your skill set as well as your portfolio, so working in these varied genres is important to your career.

Make connections with directors Many people will tell you that in the entertainment industry, it's not what you know, it's who you know. And while this isn't 100% true, it can't hurt to start building your network sooner rather than later. Building relationships with those in the business will help you stand out among the thousands of others that are vying for the job you want. And directors will often find a single reliable source for original film composition and use them in the bulk of their films.

Go where the jobs are. It's important to the success of your career for you to be where the work is. Some people say that the Internet has erased all of the geographical barriers we used to have, this simply isn't true. If you are looking to become a serious film composer, you will need to be in Southern California or New York as this is where most of the films we see are made.

Last but not least, be persistent. If you want to become a film composure, you have to work for it. And this will mean hearing a lot of nos before you ever hear a yes.

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