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Headliner Year-End Infograph: The Power of Many

As we close out 2011, we took a look back at Headliner’s growth.

As expected, the top 10 list of artists with the most reach included some famous names like Pitbull and Diddy, but it also included many independent artists. In fact, the top two slots went to Steve Ryan and Incolide, proving that you don’t need a lot of money to share your music online.

It wouldn’t hurt, but in the meantime, why not fund your online promotion using your social currency? The more your fans like, share, retweet, and comment on your posts online, the better your social currency. Deep reach and high engagement are key to building a supportive community of fans that will act as ambassadors for your music.

Check out our infograph below summarizing how Headliner helps artist like Steve Ryan and Incolide make the most of their social currency to promote their music online.

As the song goes, “You don’t have to be a star, baby, to be in our show.”


Billboard Magazine’s 10 Top Music Start Ups, 2011– #4: Headliner.fm

The cover story for this week’s Billboard Magazine is The 10 Top Music Startups of 2011, and Headliner.fm is very happy to be ranked #4 on the list by the industry bible’s editors.

In the write up, Anthony Bruno and Glenn Peoples cite how Headliner.fm was able to identify and solve a challenge facing many independent musicians: marketing. Speaking with Mike More, they highlight Headliner’s ability to apply the new social web to the old opening act model using its unique recommendation platform. It also points to Headliner’s member base tripling in growth as proof of how Headliner successfully uses the social web’s open graph to help artists of all kinds reach new audiences with targeted, organic messages.

But, don’t take it from us. Click the article to enlarge it and read for yourself. There are a lot of exciting developments in the works at Headliner. Although we came in at #4 this time, you better believe we’ve got our eyes on the #1 spot. Thanks again to every Headliner.fm member and all the connected fans that have supported the product and make our collective success possible.

Top 10 Summer Music Festivals U.S., 2011

Lollapalooza Crowd

Lollapalooza Crowd, via BestFan.com

The calendar says summer doesn’t start until June 21, but everyone in the U.S. knows it really starts with Memorial Day  Weekend. In NYC, there is no shortage of outdoor music, from the perennials like Central Park Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park and MOMA/PS1’s Warm-Up in Long Island City, Queens to festivals that roll into town every year like the Latin Alternative Music Conference to some others that only make it once or twice like All Points West. Others across the U.S. include the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago; Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN; Outside Lands in San Francisco; and Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV. Over the holiday weekend, the Movement Electronic Music Festival got things started in Detroit and Sasquatch Festival in Gorge, WA.

Headliner family – where are you located and what are some of your favorite music festivals? We especially want to hear about the smaller, local festivals that don’t get as much play as the big guys. Tell us where you’ll be (or have been) this summer and send along some snaps for our blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Here’s a sample of what’s coming up in the U.S. this summer. Pack your sunscreen, smartphone and get dancing. Next, our international list, get your passports ready!

June 9-12
, Manchester, TN
One of the biggest and increasingly most diverse festivals covering Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic music, as well as comedy.
Headliners: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Black Keys

Electric Daisy Carnival
Dallas (June 18), Las Vegas (June 24-26), Denver (June 11), Puerto Rico (August 27)
One of the biggest, occasionally controversial, electronic music festivals in the last few years.
Headliners: Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia

Hard Summer
August 6, Los Angeles, CA.
As its name implies, the music is geared toward fans of harder electronic sounds. As recent news suggest, it was also one of the most problematic to organize. But this year’s line up looks top-shelf, retooled and ready.
Headliners: Chromeo, Ratatat, Shit Robot, James Murphy, Holy Ghost!

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 15-17
, Chicago, IL.
Pretty much the mother of all indie music festivals from the folks who bring you the snarky reviews that pepper hipster conversations in dive bars and on college campuses.
Headliners: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, James Blake, Das Racist, TV on the Radio, Cut Copy

Rock the Bells
San Bernardino, CA. (August 20); Mountain View, CA. (August 27); New York, N.Y. (September 03); Boston, MA. (September 10)
Quite likely the ultimate touring Hip Hop festival, combining some of the new breed upstarts and hall of famers, often performing full sets of classic albums.
Headliners: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Cypress Hill, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, Raekwon & Ghostface

August 5-7, Chicago, IL
This is the grand-daddy of them all. One of the earliest and most successful cross-genre music festivals, combining Rock, Hip Hop and Electronic music for the masses.
Headliners: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, Deadmau5

Outside Lands
August 12-14, San Francisco, CA
One of the newest players on the scene, this festival covers indie and electronic music as well as food and arts in the Bay Area.
Headliners: Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, Girl Talk, Decemberists

Electric Zoo
September 2-4, New York City, NY.
If you can’t make it to Ultra in Miami, try hitting up the Zoo in NYC. A giant rave in the sun, it features electronic acts that swim in the deeper end of the techno record pool.
Headliners: Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren

North Coast Music Festival
September 2-4, Chicago, IL.
Going on its second year, this festival is already boasting a popular turnout and a great lineup of electronic and hip hop artists.
Headliners: Wiz Khalifa, Thievery Corporation, Common, Fatboy Slim, Little Dragon, Neon Indian

Austin City Limits
September 16-18
, Austin, TX.
Indie rock and electronica give the hippest hamlet in Texas a workover to wrap up the summer that gets kicked off with SXSW.
Headliners: Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes

Sonicbids Guest Blog: Top 10 Ways To Reach New Fans On Facebook and Twitter with 140 Characters

Sonicbids logoHeadliner.fm CEO Mike More wrote an essential and entertaining guest blog post for the good folks at Sonicbids. Here’s a preview.

Knowing the best way to reach new fans on Twitter and Facebook is a must-have skill for every musicians. Status updates are great way to directly connect and reach new fans. They remove middlemen and connect you to your fans 140 characters at a time. What are the most important things to keep in mind for reaching fans on Facebook and Twitter? Follow our tips and you’ll be all over the internet in no time.

Check out the rest of it at Sonicbids.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2011

It’s only November, but I am already looking forward to the music releases of 2011. Contrary to pessimistic prognostications, downloading has not killed music, and 2011 looks to be jam- packed with hot new releases. In no particular order here’s a Top 10 list of the albums I plan to steal(and or buy.)

1) Cloud Nothings: The Cloud Nothings are the brain child of Dylan Baldi, a 19 year old kid from Cleveland, whose talent for songwriting in undeniable and whose playful but emotional guitar playing is unforgettable. 2011 sees the release of the Cloud Nothings eponymous debut. Make sure to listen to it.

2)Lupe Fiasco: Lasers. Lupe is scheduled to release Lasers in early 2011. The verbose Chicago MC once claimed that he would retire after his third album. With that release date nearing, Lupe has backed away from that promise. Even if Lasers isn’t Lupe’s finale, it’ll still be worth listening to.

3) Pandabear: Tomboy. While rumored to come out in 2010, Tomboy still has no release date in sight. This makes it a safe bet that the album will actually drop in 2011. Tomboy is the follow-up to 2007’s critically lauded Person Pitch, widely noted as an influential precursor to the Chillwave genre.

4) Justice: TBA. French techno act Justice is reportedly hard at work on their sophomore album to be released through the newly re-formed Elektra label. Fans of hard hitting bass and synth-fueled bangers rejoice.

5) Jay Electronica: Abacadabra Let There Be Light. The charismatic New Orleans MC’s output thus far has been sparse, but brilliant. Despite a career that spans a few mixtapes and zero official releases, Electronica has more quotables than most rappers ever will. We hope 2011 will see the release of Jay Electronica’s debut album, Abacadabra Let There Be Light. The album will reportedly be a part of a CD/full length documentary combo released via Decon records.

6) The Fleet Foxes: TBA The Foxes return in 2011. Lush arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies earned the group great reviews and a devoted following, but (judging by recent interviews) the Foxes intend to take their sophomore LP in a more psychedelic direction. Still a band as talented as the Fleet Foxes is unlikely to disappoint.

7)Hot Sugar: Muscle Milk. Muscle Milk is the debut EP from Hot Sugar, the nom de guerre of multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Nick Koenig. Koenig mastered his craft as a producer, working with acts such as Izza Kizza and CX Kidtronik and has a knack for turning esoteric samples into funky headphone masterpieces. Get a taste of Hot Sugar here.

8)Lil Wayne: Tha Carter IV. Fresh out of the big house, Lil Wayne looks to rebound with a new album. Though recent output has been spotty I’m still excited to hear the prolific MC’s latest offering.

9)The Diplomats: Diplomatic Immunity III. Personal issues derailed the Harlem-based rap group in 2007, but after patching things up, the Dips are back for another round. Expect sped-up soul samples and gangster rap posturing in a format that is pop enough to get played on the radio.

10)Lady Gaga: TBA. Lady Gaga’s recordings have never matched the opulence of her phantasmagoric videos. Still it’s hard to argue that her next album shouldn’t be listed amongst the most anticipated of 2011.

Honorable mention: Decemberists, Rye Rye, Hercules and Love Affair