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Mega Slash Promo

Sell Your Music With Freeme Digital and Keep 100% of your Revenue

FreeMe Digital introduces the 2018 Mega Slash Promo. Get your music on both international and local digital stores at pocket-friendly prices.

To signup click on this link http://bit.ly/2mAIfdC

Contact us:
Phone – 08179905358 (Timi), 08110029085 (Ugo)

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email – [email protected], [email protected]

Mega Slash Promo

To signed up with Freeme Digital simply follow these easy steps:

– Fill our Artistes Details Form http://bit.ly/2mAIfdC or in our office which will be used to setup a contract
– Select any of our packages according to your needs (Classic, Silver, Gold, Record Label or Videos Only)
– The contract will be setup and sent to you or if in our office you can sign immediately
– The company’s account will be given to you for payment of the package selected
– Submission of content (songs, artworks, pictures, videos, lyrics)
– Account setups/uploads on the digital platforms e.g. iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, MTN music plus, Boomplay, VEVO, YouTube etc.
– Links will be generated and sent to you via fanlink (a single link that contains your other links for ease of promo)

Contact us:
Phone – 08179905358 (Timi or Stephanie), 08110029085 (Ugo)

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email – [email protected], [email protected]

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ISAH HONORS MEGACITY IN ‘LAGOS NIGHTS’

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‘Isah’ styles himself the messiah of smooth sound on this side of the world. Signed to the aptly named ‘Savior Sound’, the artiste releases this video in honor of Lagos City and the track is titled ‘Lagos Nights. Director ‘Wankynd’ does a good job and showing the beauty and vibrancy of Lagos State in this very visually appealing video. For anyone who hasn’t been to Lagos, Isah and Wankynd have done a good job to convince you to visit and enjoy the amazing ‘Lagos Nights’.

Click to watch: Lagos Nights by Isah.

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When it comes to choosing a digital music distributor to get your music on sites like iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify, you want to feel confident in your choice.  If music is important to you, you want to know who’s handling your music assets, the quality of the service and the value you’re getting for the distribution fees you’re paying.

Here are 10 questions you should ask any digital music distributor before you entrust your music to them.  Choosing the right distributor is just as crucial as picking the right guitar (or microphone or drum set or, well, you get the point).

1. Is music distribution their primary business?

Many companies provide other products and services in addition to distribution.  That’s not a bad thing, but you want to make sure that they equally support and invest in the distribution portion of their business and are not using it as marketing “hook” to build other parts of their business.

2. Do they take any portion of the sales revenue your music generates from distribution?

Different distributors have different business models.  Some distributors will charge so much for distribution to cover their overall cost but we (Freeme Digital) will take a cut of the distribution revenue you earn from the downloads and streams of your music.

3. Do they have a dedicated Customer Care team? 

Let’s face it. We all need a little help sometimes.  If you run into trouble during the distribution process is there a team that can answer all of your questions quickly and get your music back on track and headed to stores? That’s exactly what you’ll get by distributing with Freeme Digital.

4. Do they have an online help tool so you can easily find answers to questions you might have?

Many of your distribution questions can likely be answered very quickly, and without the help of a living, breathing human. An easily searchable help section can often get you the answers you need to get through a few minor hiccups.

5. Do they provide guidelines on how to format your release so you have smooth distribution to stores?

The digital stores have very specific requirements when it comes to the format of your release (audio files, artwork, and release information). You’ll want to know these details ahead of time so you won’t experience any holdup on distribution.  Does the distributor monitor the assets being delivered to double check that everything is formatted correctly? Freeme Digital will always make sure your materials are in the right format before any digital distribution.

6. Do they support their artist community?

As an artist, you want to feel like you’re part of a large, creative community.  The distributor you choose is lucky to have you, and should provide you with the kind of support you deserve.  Are there opportunities for you to increase your fan base?  Or do they give you tips from other artists to help your career move forward? Freeme Digital gives talented artists the opportunity to enjoy more exposure in the music industry on our weekly production “ZoneOut Session” , a platform set aside for rappers to showcase their talent. We go further by hyping it on social networks giving the artists a voice.

7. Do they offer iTunes trend reports so you can see how your music is selling in stores soon after it goes live?

When your music goes live in stores you’ll likely be very eager to see how it’s selling, so you want to make sure the distributor offers iTunes trends reporting. Ask them if the reporting is updated daily or just weekly.  Do you view the data in csv files? Or do they offer a dynamic web-based tool so you can sort and view sales by release, track, geolocation and more? Freeme Digital provides quarterly report to let you see how your music is performing or upon request.

8. How transparent and detailed is the sales reporting?

It’s important for your digital distributor to be completely transparent with respect to your digital sales and streaming revenue from all the stores you sent your music to. You should know exactly which songs/albums were downloaded and streamed where, and for how much (to the penny).  Do you have access to your sales information 24/7? Is it presented in a way that is easy to understand, filter and sort? Freeme Digital provides artists with all of these and more.

9. Do they offer Publishing Administration to help you collect your worldwide songwriter/publisher royalties?

If you’re a songwriter, you earn additional royalties from the sales, streams, and use of your music around the world.  When a distributor offers a publishing administration service, there’s a built-in audit trail that lets the distributor make sure you’re receiving the correct amount of songwriter royalties.  Also, ask them if the service is in-house or if they use a third party.

10. Do they offer Ringtones?

Ringtones are a great way to make more money from your music by turning a 30 second snippet of a song into a ringtone to sell in the iTunes store. Why not make a little extra money and let your friends hear your music whenever someone calls?

Obviously there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a digital music distributor.  Getting your music for sale online is a big deal!  We urge you check out our website for answers to all these questions and more, and always feel free to reach out if you can’t find what you’re looking for [email protected], [email protected]

Did we forget some critical questions to ask?  Let us know in the comments.

 

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Oats Entertainment presents a three tracker EP titled #TheUnveiling from its signee, OGEH. Ogeh born Ogechi Adiele is a talented singer and songwriter known for her creativity and versatility which has earned her much respect from fellow colleagues in the entertainment industry.

The three tracks namely: NOBODY, RIGMAROL and AWAY,  produced by DaPiano, Shockin’ Vyb and MUNO respectively is a representation of Ogeh’s style of music which cut across Afro pop, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop. It is worthy of mention to say, Ogeh is an embodiment of talent having pass through several musical platform including Glo Naija Sings and MTN Project Fame.

 

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Fast rising indigenous rapper Freaky Jazz is out with a new tune titled “My Niggaz” just after the release of his smashing album “Love, Hustle and Pain”. The track which can be likened to Drake’s Worst Behaviour is a dedication to all his pals showing him support. This track also shows Freaky Jazz’s versatility and creativity.  Listen to this great piece and love it.

SoundCloud Link: http://bit.ly/1sx3pCn

HulkShare Link: http://bit.ly/1A5PkCm

Direct Download: http://bit.ly/1wdPOp5

 

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After much anticipation, YouTube has just announced the launch of its subscription streaming service: YouTube Music Key. YouTube Music Key, available in the US and 6 European countries, will let subscribers listen to ad-free music (including full albums in high quality audio) AND watch music videos — even when offline — for $9.99/month .

And YOUR music (and “Art Tracks” videos) could be available on YouTube Music Key soon! As a Freeme Digital artiste, your albums and singles will be delivered to YouTube Music Key. We will also deliver to YouTube high quality album art videos, or what YouTube calls “Art Tracks” which play audio while displaying an image of your album cover. These videos are available not only to Music Key subscribers, but also as ad-supported content accessible for free on YouTube.com. Ad revenue from these videos will work the same as any other video on YouTube.

Revenue for streaming activity through YouTube Music Key will be paid to you by Freeme Digital – that’s getting money yet again from streaming. Well, before we get into the stuff that’s available for paid users, YouTube has made some changes that are available to EVERYONE — not just Music Key subscribers. For instance, on both YouTube.

com and the YouTube app for iOS and Android, you will now see a home (and top-level tab) for music that displays your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists, and more. You’ll also be able to stream full albums in high quality audio and view an artist’s discography on YouTube.

As a Music Key subscriber, all of these listening and viewing will be ad-free, and content will keep playing even if you lock the screen, start using other apps, or disconnect from the Internet. Oh, and they’ll throw in a subscription to Google Play Music too, giving you access to 30+ million songs. For now, Music Key is in beta testing, and users will be invite-only. For more info, check out the site for YouTube Music Key.

 

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The relationship between an artist and their manager is the most vital relationship in the music business. The joys of having a manager or managing an artist can be amazing. It’s why some choose to work in the music industry. However, the lines can be easily blurred between the artist and their manager because the nature of the relationship can be unorthodox at times. Like any other relationship, clear communication and definition of roles and responsibilities are the key to making the most the artist/manager relationship. Sari Delmar gives amazing insight on how to do that.

Artists are, by nature, designed to create. They create music and that does not always yield for crunching numbers and negotiating contracts. Likewise, managers got into the music business because they want to do the things that artists do not have the time or capacity to do on their own.They may not have the knack to create music, but can be very essential in creating more opportunities for their artists.

It is easy to forget as a busy artist or manager the large and very important differences that make artists artists and industry industry. We work together closely every day, but to truly maximize the greatness of this partnership it’s important we all keep in mind the very real differences.

Who is an Artist? 

Artists operate from a place of creativity. Great artists find what they need to do their best work and aim to spend the majority of their time creating and sharing their art with others. This beautiful vision of a life of art does not usually have a huge monetary payoff. It is pure and peaceful and has a lot to with the genuine ability to create and share something magical so that it has positive effects on those around them. Most artists start making art because of this feeling. Sometimes they need to be in a dark place in order to extract that greatness. Sometimes they need to go away for months and turn off their phones, sometimes they don’t. Whatever they do is necessary for the benefit of the art.

They are special and hard-working humans.

When an artist’s career begins to flourish and a manager comes into the picture, all of the sudden they are thrown into discussions about money, marketing, strategy, competition, and logistics. This is not natural for the artist. It is like petting a cat backwards. All its hair will stand up and if you pet it too many times it will hiss in your face and may try to claw your nose right off.

Now bare with me, artists. I know it’s not that black and white and that you are complex humans capable of understanding business – but that is not my point. My point is that the very nature of the music industry and business that surrounds art goes against EVERYTHING inside of you and against the very principles that started you down this path. At the very root of it, the industry that surrounds music is ironic to the heart and soul of most musicians. So there is a war of sorts going inside of every artist whether they admit it or not.

It’s always there, peeking its head out from corners and jumping in to conversations. It is all about how the artist controls this tendency.

Managers and industry people are quick to forget this and they love to whine about how difficult it is to work with artists and that ‘they don’t understand’, but I always see this as silly. The artists’ hearts and souls don’t WANT to understand. If they were to embrace the industry and its sometimes disheartening ways, what would that mean for the the artist’s creative place of peace? Would it be tainted? Artists need to protect this space.

Who is a Manager? 

Unless they were artists before moving over to the industry side, industry people fell in love with music at a young age and are driven by the idea of sharing art and building something into a success. They work endlessly, have millions of meetings, network like crazy, and pour their hearts and souls in to your project. They think in terms of databases, deals, and new contacts – and that is how they measure success and growth. They’ve operated this way from a young age. They are resourceful as hell, always calling in favours to people they know in order to help out the artist. When a connection or meeting leads to a deal, a festival gig, a press opportunity, etc., this is a win and feels as good to the industry person as getting on stage and performing or releasing a new record does to the artist. For them, connecting the dots and making your career happen is what they live and breathe. Seeing guarantees climb and offers come in is a genuine thrill.

They are special and hardworking humans.

As a manager, it’s easy to assume when you’re managing a band who are fighting you on something that they are self-sabotaging and don’t actually want to be successful. Coming from what we know about being managers – it is incomprehensible that a win wouldn’t be seen as a win to the artist. But that just isn’t it. The artist’s initial inclination is to feel uncomfortable about this. Sometimes artists need to wrap their head around something, comes to terms with it, and understand that it does in fact have positive implications for their art and creative vision (more money means more freedom and studio time, etc.). It also has a lot to do with the manner in which a manager brings an opportunity to a band.

That’s not to say compromise isn’t needed. If the artist truly feels their creative vision can not be achieved with the opportunity in front of them then the manager must show true care in addressing those concerns and altering the situation. After all – managers are here to carry out the artist’s vision and without them and their constant stream of great work we have nothing to hang our hats on.

At the same time, artists need to trust that the manager is good at their role of creating business opportunities and try to see it from their end as well.

Artists who do well in the industry and manage to keep their creative heads straight are true and genuine artists BUT have had to learn to accept the fickle beast that is the industry. They have had to take a few backwards cat pats and swallow them whole. It can feel uneasy and nerve-wracking when its happening but in most cases you are surrounded by a team you trust, not just with your business affairs, but trust that they understand your vision. The artist then must decide to take a leap of faith and hope it will all work out, despite their gut reaction to the situation.

What about when it doesn’t work out though? This is specifically troubling for an artist as it validates their initial concerns. It is important when this happens that the artist separates their gut reaction and emotions and looks at things diplomatically – they need to remind themselves that everyone wanted what was best and thought that was where this decision would take them. They approved this decision, and sometimes things do not go as planned. It doesn’t mean all is lost. The manager also needs to be sensitive to this disappointment and it may help to take a moment to review what happened with the artist to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

It has taken me years to realize and embrace this philosophy above. After many mistakes and frustrations, I know the learning will never stop and the very tricky relationship between artist and manager is something that will constantly evolve for me and for all my fellow managers out there. But I do hope – if you’re an artist or a manager – that this general concept, or pieces of it, will help you to work together more successfully.

Some quick tips to help make this happen:

5 Ways Managers Can be Sensitive to Artists’ Natural Inclinations and Work With Them More Fluidly: 

– Be patient.

– Understand where they are coming from and explain your side after acknowledging theirs.

– Leave time for decisions to be made as a team over a few days.

– Ensure the artist gets the creative time they need and protect that space for them.

– Don’t raise your voice or get frustrated when an artist doesn’t ‘get’ something. Be understanding and explain.

5 Ways Artists Can Be Sensitive to Managers’ Natural Inclination and Work With Them More Fluidly: 

– Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing and your goals of being successful. If there is a photo or lyric or memory that brings great inspiration, bring it out to help centre yourself and keep things in perspective.

– Give yourself time to digest news or decisions instead of making decisions based on your gut reaction. Always thank your manager for the opportunity they have brought to you, even if you’re unsure it’s something you like yet.

– When you feel like you’re being led down a path by a member of your team, ask yourself if you trust them and their intentions whole-heartedly. Do they have the same goals in mind?

– Give up a bit of control to someone you trust and know that they have your best interests in mind.

– Give your team space to do great work. Just like you need space and time to be creative and write/record, they need space – to strategize and do business – and time for those efforts to pay off. You want to empower them to own the project and pour their hearts in to it.

An artist/Manager relationship is a fine balance of give and take. When it works well it truly works. When it doesn’t it can really blow up in everyone’s face.

That being said, keep yourselves in check and don’t fall into some of the traps above. Sometimes a simple misunderstanding can ruin a whole relationship that otherwise could have been quite perfect.

Meet at the crossroads of art and business for high fives and to trade notes with your manager/artist often. Celebrate the wins together and learn from the disappointments. Allow each other to do your best work and support each other other through the ups and downs.

Best of luck on your path!

Credits: Sari Delmar

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You’ve worked long and hard on your new album, but all that work is for nothing if no one knows about it! That’s where promotion comes in. The key with album promotion is to start early and to be really active. Just changing your Facebook cover photo to the album cover and announcing the release the day of isn’t going to cut it. You need to build up hype over time and keep on going even after the album drops.

The fact of the matter is you don’t need the marketing department of a record label you can launch an album campaign of your own. With all the tools available on the internet, you can spread the word for little cost, or even for free. In fact, the creative campaigns executed by agile indie musicians tend to be more effective than the one-size-fits-all strategies employed by big labels. Here’s four cool creative strategies you can use for your next album release.

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1. Employ your fans

For the most part, as an indie artist you need to make things happen on your own, and that includes marketing. But, you actually have a whole team of marketers out there just waiting to spread the news – your fans! While you can’t email them a plan and expect them to finish appointed tasks, you can, and should, build a strategy that encourages them to share.

One of the best ways to get fans talking is involvement. If people feel they have contributed something meaningful to a project they are more likely to share with their friends. This could be as simple as asking fans for photographs to use in your single’s music video. Crowd funding platforms let you offer fans cool rewards like using their name in a song, allowing them to write a line of lyrics, or personally thanking them in the album booklet.

Contests are another great way to get fans sharing. Make sure you offer something really awesome, like a live webinar/Google Hangout concert and Q&A in which you’ll be exclusively premiering a new song. Ask fans to share something, like your single, via social media to be entered in the contest. You’ll be getting the word out while also encouraging the winners to talk about their awesome experience.

2. The live promotion

These days, album releases are becoming more and more digital. You don’t need to worry about getting your album in the big stores and then going to signings on the day of release. Instead, you just have to press the upload button, send out a few tweets, and call it a day. However, just because you can release entirely online doesn’t mean you should. The person-to-person experience is still extremely important in the music industry.

I know recording an album can be a little chaotic as you scramble to get everything done on time, but this is exactly when you want to start playing some gigs. Let your fans know that you’ll be premiering a new song at your shows. Not only will this bring people out and get them excited for the album, you’ll also have a chance to tweak the songs based on your audience’s reaction. If it doesn’t sound quite how you wanted when played loud, you can still make some changes! You could even schedule four shows in the month leading up to the release and tell your fans that you’ll play the entire album at one of them. This way, if they really want to hear the new songs early, they’ll have to come to every show.

We all know the live show can be used to build up local hype around your album after the release. It’s pretty common practice to have an album release show or party and then set off on a tour, but you need to be thinking about how you can take this strategy to the next level and deliver something that will really get your fans excited while simultaneously spreading the word about your album. Doing a mini house concert tour in your local area is a great way to give your biggest fans something extra special. You could even run some cool contests or sell two CDs for the price of one to encourage sharing.

3. Constant content

The last thing you want to do is start working on your next album and disappear for a few months. After months of silence, when you finally come out with an announcement your fans may not be listening or looking out for your content.

Social media is one of the easiest ways to stay on your fans’ radars. Post Twitter updates about the recording process, pictures from the studio, or short teaser Vines. If you have a blog configured on your website, keep the content flowing! Share stories from the studio or your inspiration behind the album or certain songs. You want to get your fans coming to your website on a regular basis leading up to the album release. That way, they’ll be able to purchase the album and maybe even some merch when it drops.

You could even go a little deeper and open up the door to show your fans the writing process. A lot of people find the creative world of musicians really interesting. Post short videos of rough songs you’re working on or photos of short lyrical ideas. Ask for your fans’ opinions and talk to them about your inspirations. Not only will they follow your interesting content, you’ll also be able to forge a more human connection.

4. Bloggers and press

If you want to reach out to an audience beyond your active fan base, bloggers are the way to go, and placement on a blog is totally within your reach as an indie artist if you have a strategy in mind. The best part about blogs is that they tend to have a dedicated following that really trusts the blogger’s opinion. On top of that, their following is usually very niche specific. This means you’re guaranteed an audience that already likes the type of music you play.

Do some research and find blogs that cover musicians in your genre and at a similar career level to you. Next, you’ll want to send out an email. You can usually find the blogger’s contact information pretty easily with a little digging through the website. Make the subject line clear and the email personal, short, and to the point. Share an interesting story about your album with a link to your music, but don’t send them a long, drawn-out life story. Remember, the point is to intrigue them enough to check out your music – the music should do the talking.

If you want to convert the blogger’s followers into fans, try offering them an exclusive first-look at your single or a free download for their users. If they get one song and like it, they are more likely to go and buy the rest of the album.

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