Sunday, December 14, 2008

Getting and Keeping Band Momentum!!!

From: The New Rockstar Philosophy

When bands have momentum there is a buzz and an intangible, yet significant, energy around them. It can be seen when they play, it can be felt from their recordings and it is usually the factor that sets them apart from the pack.

I think there are 2 kinds of momentum(s) for bands: Outer and Inner

Outer momentum is what people can see:

  • New shows to play

  • New music to release

  • New merch to sell

  • New tangible “real” things
Inner momentum is a different beast.

Inner momentum is essentially a battle for your mind and your heart…. that makes it more difficult to understand and quantify. Even the attempt to define inner momentum on a broader scale is quite ludicrous, because everyone will define inner momentum on there own terms.

Suffice it to say that when you have inner momentum you know it. You feel your band is going places and growing as a musical entity.

When you don’t have that momentum you know that things are slowing down. Arguably the best definition of inner momentum is the lack of it. Things are not moving for you. The music, or the band, or the live show, or whatever, is stagnant and will not get better unless you take back your heart and your mind first.

So here are some of my personal tips for keeping and sustaining your bands inner momentum:

Appreciate what you already have. Bands are typically egotistical. They love their own music and are often puzzled why the Killers are bigger then them. But instead of looking at the glass half empty, flip that script. Look at all that you already have.

  • Do you have fans? Awesome!

  • Do you have good gear? Great.

  • Do you have a solid lineup? Mint!

  • Are you alive and breathing?! You Go!
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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

iTunes Top Selling Albums & Songs Of 2008

Itunes Best Selling Albums of 2008:

1. Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
2. Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static
3. Juno (Music from the Motion Picture)
4. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
5. Sara Bareilles - Little Voice
6. Once (Music from the Motion Picture)
7. Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
8. OneRepublic - Dreaming Out Loud
9. Across the Universe (Music from the Motion Picture)
10. Leona Lewis - Spirit

Best Selling Songs of 2008:

1. "Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis

2. "Viva La Vida" Coldplay
3. "Low" Flo.Rida f/T-Pain
4. "I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry
5. "Disturbia" Rihanna
6. "Lollipop" Lil Wayne & Static Major
7. "No Air" Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
8. "Pocketful of Sunshine" Natasha Bedingfield
9. "Love Song" Sara Bareilles
10. "Don’t Stop the Music" Rihanna