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    Success in the music industry isn’t something that you wait for or hope for. It is something that you create, day after day.

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    The average artist has a naïve, unrealistic, and disconnected view of what the music industry is, how it works, what is involved in “making it”, and what actually is happening behind the scenes. Too many artists take at face value what they see on some TV documentary or read in a fan magazine. Whether you are working with others in a band, looking to connect with a manager, an agent, a label, or an investor, or you just want to work in the industry, it is more crucial than ever to know what you are working for and toward.

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    The marketing geniuses on the corporate side of the country music labels had decided to start using focus groups to test their products before they were developed or released. An example of this would be to ask the focus group whether they liked sad songs or happy songs. “We like happy songs!” the focus group would chirp, and the word would go back to the writers and producers to come up with “happy” songs to record. This made it especially hard on the songwriters, who rarely feel a need to write when they are happy, as then they are busy luxuriating in the pleasure of happiness. When something bad happens, they want to find a way to transcend it, so they write a song about it. When Hank Williams, one of the greatest and most successful country artists of all time, wrote a song like “Your Cheatin’ Heart” or “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” he wasn’t writing “happy” songs, yet they made the listener feel better. The listener could feel that someone else had gone through an experience similar to the listener’s own, and then went to the trouble and effort to write it down accurately and share the experience like a compassionate friend might do. In this way, hearing a song like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” could make the listener feel better, or “happy.

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    The most devastating thing artists can do to their career is get in their own way, and way too many people do. It’s not the labels, the industry, the fans, the cities, the economy, the social media, the marketing, the promoting, the “right time,” the music, or whatever other excuse you can come up with that determines whether you succeed or you fail. It is you—no one else.

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    The people who blame everything and every body else for their lack of success, tended to continue to have a lack of success. Your Proactive, problem solving minded, assertive and responsible approach is going to carry you much further than whining, blaming, pointing fingers and justifying your failures.

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    The most devastating thing artists can do to their career is get in their own way, and way too many people do. It's not the labels, the industry, the fans, the cities, the economy, the social media, the marketing, the promoting, the 'right time,' the music, or whatever other excuse you can come up with that determines whether you succeed or you fail. It is you, no one else,

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    Well, I know a guy, he's from far far away He's a songwriter, he got something to say He says, "People in this city are too busy to hang out This town's so spread out, no one would hear you if you shout" Everyone's got a script to sell and someplace else they want to be There's always a lock that would open if you could just find the key" (It Ain't Easy Being Green)

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    Try not to sound like those singer-songwriters that go on and on with ten-minute, barely intelligible stories that everyone endures until the next song starts.

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    Coming from the era of vinyl you could argue that everything went wrong in the music business the moment we went digital. The day the first CD came out, it all went downhill in the music industry. Digital destroyed everything.

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    You know the saying? Don't go in if you don't have a skin.

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    Anytime I shoot a video, I just think of anything I can do to set myself apart from everybody in the music industry.

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    And I just pray that god gives me longevity in the music industry.

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    As we all know, the internet is not a true friend of the music industry yet, but technology is slowly changing that. Soon it will work right for all involved.

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    Coming into the music industry, even when I was a kid, one thing I learned is timing is everything. You being prepared is everything.

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    Downloadable music is the biggest musical phenomenon since the Beatles, and the music industry is slow to come to grips with that.

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    I believe I could have had a career in the music industry without 'X Factor,' but it was an amazing platform that propelled me to where I am now.

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    I bring to the music industry something that isn't over-complicated. What you see is what you get. But, I feel every performer has something unique to offer.

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    I did a lot of songs that I sold, but then they never came out and I never got paid for it. You learn real fast that the music industry, in the beginning, you're not going to get paid for a while, and then you start getting the accolades.

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    I don't even know what words to use to talk about the music industry anymore. But the business has changed a lot - the methods of releasing music.

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    I know that women in the music industry get treated a lot differently than men. I've seen it firsthand with somebody in particular, where it's almost that men like to treat women in the music industry like they can't make their own decisions.

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    In music the mystical element is definitely there all the time, and one can see it. When it comes to rock and roll, when it comes to any kind of industry, it's not there. It's not there. So it's a battle between the two. Music, Industry.

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    In the music industry it's just you're either Black or white, and this is the box you get put in.

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    But since I am in the music industry, I don't want anyone to download music, not on September 9th.

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    I don't get tied to the music industry where you have to be on social media all day.

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    I started selling corn dogs, ended up in the music industry. That's how it all started.

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    The coolest thing about the music industry is that it's super collaborative and based on relationships and mutual respect.

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    It doesn't necessarily always come down to race in the music industry. It can be whoever has the most money, has the most power, and that's really the struggle - dealing with how crazy money is.

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    I think it's important to do things that you're interested in. I think it's important to have other outlets away from the music industry.

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    I took some time away from the music industry. I've been doing this since I was 16 and needed some time to get to know myself as a grown-up.

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    It's interesting that the book publishing industry, on the iPad, has much more flexibility than the music industry had.

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    I've worked with many powerful men in the music industry.

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    Starbucks has changed the rules of engagement for the music industry.

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    I still don't understand the music industry that much. Everything I learned was from hanging out with rock musicians in studios. I certainly have respect for those who make music their livelihood.

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    I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry. It certainly wasn't there before that.

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    L.A. to me feels like music industry, and Nashville to me feels like music community.

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    The music industry's very laid back while I'm very, very aggressive.

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    The Grammys make me hate music, and certainly everyone in the ass-licking music industry.

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    The music industry has always been a beast, which would eat you up and spit you out.

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    The music industry is a vicious business. It chews women up and spits them out.

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    When I watched American Idol, I always thought Simon was the most realistic. Simon's like, It was absolutely horrid. That's what they tell in the music industry.

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    The music industry is rolling in cash...

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    The X Factor' is great entertainment, but it doesn't prepare people for getting chewed up and spat out by the music industry.

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    We were the rebels of the music industry so we wanted to write a rebellious song.

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    I'm less concerned with how hard you can work and how much time and effort you can dedicate to a project when everything is going right. Plenty of people can do that. I'm more concerned with how hard you can work and how much time and effort you can dedicate to a project when everything is going wrong. That's a rarity and shows true honor, true character and will lead you that much closer to success.

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    It's not my job to tell people how to consume music. I just want them to consume music.

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    Music is the fastest motivator in the world.

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    The odds are so stacked against you to have a music career in a place where there's virtually no music industry. So I always attribute it to God.

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    Artists of today can be inspired by the past, but they have to apply present methods if they want a future in music.

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    Bad music is a form of murder to the true art of music in general.Bad music forced on a child is abuse because it invariably forms that child´s taste in music. Bad music has raped an industry that was held up strongly by great expression for decades but now finds itself floundering, giving in to the lowest common denominator of music just to keep its panties around its waist. Bad music tortures the eardrums and kills little bits of your senses through prolonged exposure. Bad music steals money from shallow pockets, steals airtime from more deserving bands and songwriters, and steals the spotlight from undiscovered geniuses who have all but given up on a dream because of the mediocrity of popular radio. Bad music is a lie, and yet it is foisted on the public in an attempt to turn melodies and songs into hamburgers and fries. Bad music is truly a sin because you don´t have to be exceptional to make it in the music industry anymore. You just have to be good enough to stick around and be tolerated. I understand that bad music is a matter of opinion. I know that. But I am fairly confident that more people agree with me than you suspect. Bad music is just fucking bad.

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    In the end, it is your responsibility to read the small print, whether it is for gig contracts, record contracts, investors, management, booking agents, or anything else. You can blame everyone else for your mistakes, but when you make them, you end up being the one who has to pay.

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