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#1096318 - 11/29/15 02:26 PM Mailbox Money  
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Well, more like direct deposit, but still...

Back in July, my wife and I released a CD of my songs. Mostly just something to sell along with tee shirts and stickers at our gigs. wink It's a simple production, home recorded album of 11 originals and one cover. We had it reproduced by Disc Makers and distributed by CD Baby, and signed up for digital distribution.

Yesterday, I took a look at our account... we had a higher balance than I expected, so I was trying to figure out why. Well apparently iTunes has streamed our songs nearly 60,000 times so far (through October). That, combined with lots of single song download sales, a few full album downloads, plus streams on Spotify have added up to a little bonus. Not going to get rich, mind you, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not bad for a project that I had no expectations of. If you stream itunes radio with a "Steve Earle" station, or anything including Steve Earle, apparently, you have a good chance of hearing one of our songs... I did yesterday, in fact.

We also have sold about 400 physical CD's at gigs, etc. Plus getting some airplay on community radio stations in CO (khen), MO (kdhx), and IL (WGLT). Guess I'll keep on keeping on...

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#1096322 - 11/29/15 04:03 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Duke Sheppard]  
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Congratulations Duke!

Best, John smile

#1096359 - 11/30/15 02:23 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Duke Sheppard]  
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Duke, I'm so happy for you. I continue to wish you the very best. God has not brought you this far for nothing. There are more great things and big blessings to come. Dennis

#1096566 - 12/03/15 05:09 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Dennis Wright]  
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Thanks guys! I've been listening to itunes radio the last few days, on a "Steve Earle" station, and I've heard our songs a couple of times each day. :thumb

#1096712 - 12/05/15 07:09 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Duke Sheppard]  
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that's some great news Duke!Congrats to everyone involved!Mike

#1096881 - 12/09/15 08:20 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Michael LeBlanc]  
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Congrats!

#1097468 - 12/23/15 01:50 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Jim Colyer]  
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Another statement from our distributor; since the last statement (end of November), we've had 100,000 more streams! Plus various single song downloads and CD downloads. Crazy, but cool. smile

#1097469 - 12/23/15 02:52 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Duke Sheppard]  
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Awesome! Found money is one thing, but this isn't found money my friend... it is EARNED MONEY and never forget it!

Congrats! -Brian


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#1097470 - 12/23/15 03:28 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Brian Austin Whitney]  
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Originally Posted by Brian Austin Whitney
Awesome! Found money is one thing, but this isn't found money my friend... it is EARNED MONEY and never forget it!

Congrats! -Brian


Thanks!

If I could figure out how to translate this into making it easier to get gigs, that would be great. LOL

#1097491 - 12/23/15 11:51 PM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Duke Sheppard]  
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Add it to your promotions. "As heard on {fill in the blanks}" Talk about how you've gotten X number of plays or requests etc. Basically take all your stats and spin them into promotional fodder. If you get any sort of info on where your stuff has been heard or can extrapolate enough to say "played in 38 countries and all 50 states" etc. Work it into a positive message and also drop that "if you're a fan of Steve Earle (and aren't we all!) then you'll dig my sound and you may have already heard my tracks on (fill in all the channels/stations/sites you get play).

PR my friend... spin a positive and intriguing yard and reel them in with your talent and charisma.

Brian


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#1097505 - 12/24/15 02:10 AM Re: Mailbox Money [Re: Brian Austin Whitney]  
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That's great, Brian. Thank you!


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