Trev Warner and Kim Warner. High Rollin’ Bluegrass

The latest digital release form Tuneworks is a fine bluegrass collection from Trev Warner featuring Kim Warner.

High rollin' cover for tuneworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/high-rollin-bluegrass/id991605673

 

Partner artists and Tuneworks in house Productions

We are pleased to welcome  a new partner artists. Those Kodiaks are a studio band  from Adelaide with a fantastic acoustic  pop sound. We think their songwriting is just outstanding.

Those Kodiaks Complete, Those Kodiaks Those Kodiaks Complete - Those Kodiaks

We are also very excited to release the  first in house productions from the Tuneworks studio.

Pumped Up Kicks [single] is a cover of the Foster The People hit and its from the 2 D production team.

Pumped Up Kicks - Single, 2 D [Acoustic Sessions] Pumped Up Kicks - Single - 2 D [Acoustic Sessions]

ROCK THE KIDS! is the cast album from Rockola’s long running [20 year] Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll show and features a wide range of styles from bluegrass and rockabilly to heavy rock and funk.

Rock the Kids! Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll, RockolaRock the Kids! Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - Rockola

New partner artists and improved links

New Partner Artists

We welcome two more great partner artists,

the Every Brothers  The Every Brothers Complete, The Every Brothers

and The Barkers.        The Barkers Complete, The Barkers

Both from Adelaide, South Australia.

New Link function.

By becoming an iTunes affiliate we can now generate code for song specific iTunes links. Like this one for an Every Brothers Track  The Grind – The Every Brothers Complete

Can also be a large The Grind - The Every Brothers Complete

or a small button   The Grind - The Every Brothers Complete

These are powerful links for directing returning iTunes customers to specific tracks. For example in you have a high view youtube clip for your song and post the link right under the video. Returning iTunes customers who click the link will open iTunes displaying your song and its buy button.  They can buy in two clicks.

TuneCore iTunes links

For any artists who use TuneCore as their aggregator. You will find code to generate iTunes buttons for your albums and singles on each products Tunecore page. The code makes a button like this  Grace Bawden - Gifts of Grace  They look just  like buttons that you can generate at http://itunes.apple.com/us/linkmaker?  But these buttons are more useful. What is so cool abut these buttons is when a fan clicks on them they contain a URL which first opens the albums  iTunes Preview in a browser window ……………

And then open the album or single page on the open or last used version of iTunes on the fans computer or smart device etc..

It should not matter if the user is in France, Australian, Japan or the USA. Wherever they are they should end up with one click looking at your album in the iTunes store using  the correct language and currency and if they are iTunes users chances are they are looking at the store where they have their account.

Partner Artists

Sometimes after we have run a campaign for an artist we invite them to partner with us so we can promote their music in on an ongoing basis for a share of their digital sales. We only do this with artists that sell and are a good match for our kind of promotion. As new partner artists come on board they will be added to the Partner Artist page.

 

Artists we are partnered with: They make the music and we promote it!

Grace Bawden      Human, Grace Bawden  Grace Bawden

The Beggars          Beggars Deluxe, The Beggars  The Beggars

Stuart Day Quinton Dunne Dave Brown  Radio Brainstorm, Stuart Day Quinton Dunne Dave Brown Stuart Day Quinton Dunne Dave Brown

The Texettes        You Can't Do That - Single, The Texettes  The Texettes

How to sell CDs

As the digital shock and the resulting shake out of the music industry progresses the CD shop and the associated CD  distribution structures have become obsolete. But there is still a place where the CD reigns supreme and that is as merchandise at the gig. Savvy indie artists are experiencing a growth in their CD sales alongside a growing stream of income from digital sales.

Some tips to maximise CD sales at gigs :

  • The CD purchased at the gig  is a souvenir of the live performance and should reflect that . The art should be specific to the show/tour and thematically tie in with the flyer, press, web and poster art etc.
  • don’t skimp, make it a handsome, pleasing package that can command a premium price.
  • make it a personal representation of the artist who is going to be right there selling it at the merch table. [yes that right you have to sell it yourself]
  • Do include a place to sign the CD when you lay out the art

Some practical tips about manufacture and transport.

  • Don’t over manufacture your stock – Try to  estimate how many units you will sell in 12 months and if that is 500 units then that’s what you need. If you need 500 but order 5,000 units you will be tying up cash for the next 10 years.
  • Reorder when you need more stock.
  • Have the CD manufactured as paper and discs i.e. No cases.
  • When you travel carry your stock as paper and discs. Its lighter, more likely to arrive in good condition and takes up about 10% of the space of discs in jewel cases.
  •  Buy new jewel cases as you need, they are widely available [Pack of 50 jewel cases at Office-works is around $17Au]. New unscratched jewel cases look better that ones you have carried around the country.

Tuneworks gets Artists on the iTunes Charts

Here are some recent  iTunes chart entries for independent artists using tuneworks. Congratulations to all the artists who make the charts. Our job at tuneworks is help the public  find new music, whether they buy  is down to the appeal of the track.   The first  3 artists on this list have been using tuneworks for a while and have multiple chart entries. For the rest of the list this is their iTunes chart debut.

Man of Colours Imagehttp://www.music-chart.info/artist/4333/Grace-Bawden Most recent song appearance: Man of Colours on 6 April, 2012 on the New Zealand Vocal Music Chart at position 25.

Kangaroo Imagehttp://www.music-chart.info/artist/130400/The-Beggars Kangaroo on 6 April, 2012 on the New Zealand World Music Chart at position 18.

Away In a Manger Image http://www.music-chart.info/artist/29389/etypejazz  We Three Kings of Orient Are on 28 December, 2011** on the Australia Jazz Music Chart * at position 108.

Conjure Woman Blues Imagehttp://www.music-chart.info/artist/219873/Emily-Davis Most recent song appearance: Conjure Woman Blues on 2 March, 2012 on the Italy Singer-Songwriter Music Chart at position 57.

Boomer's Lullaby Imagehttp://www.music-chart.info/artist/219875/Gene-Bradley-Fisk Most recent song appearance: Boomer’s Lullaby on 2 March, 2012 on the Italy Country Music Chart at position 8.

You Don't Know What I've Got Imagehttp://www.music-chart.info/artist/219877/Stuart-Day-Quinton-Dunne-Dave-Brown Most recent song appearance: You Don’t Know What I’ve Got on 2 March, 2012 on the Italy Children’s Music Music Chart at position 46.

You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly Imagehttp://www.music-chart.info/artist/228959/The-Holy-Men Most recent song appearance: You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly on 6 April, 2012 on the New Zealand Singer-Songwriter Music Chart at position 65.

How Tuneworks playlist promotion works

Tuneworks offers an iTunes promotion service using material already at the iTunes stores. These screenshots will help to make it clearer.  The first screenshot  is an album by Grace Bawden  a client I have been working with. On the lower left is Grace’s top rated playlists box ( this is where I do my promotion) the top rated playlist is called  Tuneworks 41. Next screen is Tuneworks 41 opened to show the full list you can play and buy all the tracks or buy the whole list. First song on the Tuneworks 41 list is from The Beatles 1 Album. Next screen is the Beatles 1 album page and the top rated playlist is Tuneworks 41. So iTunes customers who are on The Beatles 1 album page ( or any other album on the Tuneworks 41 playlist) are 1 click away from a page where they can hear and buy my clients music.

December / Holiday /Christmas Songs

Tuneworks ran campaigns over December/Christmas  for two artists. Campaigns were focused on  Christmas songs from the album Ho Ho by Etypejazz Away In a Manger Image and 3 tracks from Beggars Deluxe by The Beggars Silent Night Imageboth artists saw increased sales and achieved multiple iTunes chart entries throughout December. Click on the Ho Ho or Beggars Deluxe album art in the line above to see the charts. The reason so many  big name artists have a Christmas album is because they sell well an of course the same stratagy can work for indie artists.

Getting your music selling at iTunes.

It has never been easier for artists to sell their own  music that it is right now.  You can put your tracks  at iTunes and all the other digital download services through an aggregator. We recommend Tunecore they are good value and very helpful. When your tracks are in the stores we can make it easy for customers to find them.

This screen shot is an iTunes page for The Beggars. At the bottom of the page you  can see the Top-Rated Playlists  and  The Listeners Also Bought functions both of these are links that help iTunes customers looking for new music to find this artist. In the upper right corner is the search with the artists name partly entered and a drop down list of matches. The more sales the artist makes the higher their name  appears in the list.