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You don't need a blog post to tell you that Facebook is a key way to engage and grow your fanbase. And while countless musicians have Facebook pages, many of them are missing one of the key ingredients to make them successful.
So you want to embark on a music career. Great! Countless people the world over make their living through music. And some of those people are filthy stinking rich. But before embarking on a career in music, you should resign yourself to the fact that you probably aren't going to make a hundred million doing this. You have a much better chance of making Talib Kweli money rather than Jay-Z money. A 2012 study showed that in the US, the average musician salary was somewhere around $55,000. No, you aren't gonna be able to cop that Bentley but you'll be to live and work at something you love.
I can' believe info that I shared years ago at a music conference in Toronto still isn't being capitalized on fully. As artists struggle to get their music heard and posted by the popular music blogs and websites, there really is a simple solution to broadening your reach and letting people know about you and your art...start your own blog.
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Welcome to the new brokencool. I hope it will become a valuable resource and tool for musicians and entertainment industry folks. I have 17 years of industry experience to share, with a focus on online and the digital world having been involved in the online music and entertainment landscape since 1996.
Let's begin with 5 Things to Keep In Mind when Approaching Bloggers with Your Music.
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Whether people admit it or not, getting a tweet or a retweet from a famous rapper generally makes peoples day. This is especially true if it happens in the morning before you go to your mundane desk job so you can say "oh girl, 50 Cent sent me a tweet this morning. I love me some 50 Cent." But, do you know HOW to get a rapper to retweet or tweet you? It takes some skill, luck and a lack of self respect. Here are the Top 10 Ways To Get A Rapper To Retweet/Tweet You On Twitter.
Written by brokencool writer @dodgiest
There were a lot of big Hip-Hop news stories in 2012. Whether it was the rise of Trinidad James or the debut of Slaughterhouse on Shady Records, there was a lot of Hip-Hop chatter to eat up in 2012. But there were also some more under-the-radar news stories you might have missed. Hit the jump for 10 Little Known Rap News Stories from 2012.
Last night, Kanye announced that Kim Kardashian was pregnant with his child. Immediately, this kid has massive expectations. This kid is going to have to be nice to everyone, can never leave his college girlfriend (even if she makes sex tapes with b-list singers?) and has to love white people (that's a tall order...trust me). I wanted to give Kim K. and Kanye an early baby shower gift so here are 10 Possible Names for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's Baby.
Welcome to the 2nd annual brokencool Awards. The brokencool Awards are quite different than your average awards. No one votes (except me...because I'm always right), categories are very inconsistent from year-to-year, these awards usually offend people and, in most cases, it's probably not an honor to be awarded one. Enjoy!
2011 brokencool Awards here.