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MusiCares COVID-19 Blog

FanLabel and MusiCares Team up for COVID-19 Relief and How You Can Help

    Unfortunately, the omnipresent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the music business particularly hard. We’re excited to see that the industry has banded together to support one…

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Alive and Streaming During COVID-19

  There’s no doubt about it: the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the music industry. All live shows have been cancelled for the immediate future, with several refund policies (or…

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2020’s Disco Pop Revival

  Characterized by its four-on-the-floor boots and cats beats, sexy syncopated basslines, and the occasional string section and synthesizer, disco music rose to the mainstream in the 1970s. Since its…

music madness results BlogMusic

FanLabel’s “Music Madness: College Fight Songs Challenge” Crowns its Champion

  FanLabel kicked off “Music Madness,” a bracket-style competition, over these past weeks and it’s been a huge hit. The inaugural “Music Madness” competition ran throughout the month of April,…

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Vote for your Favorite School in FanLabel’s “Music Madness: College Fight Songs” Challenge!

  We didn’t have any college basketball during March, which was truly a bummer. But now, FanLabel is excited to announce the release of its “Music Madness: College Fight Songs”…

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COVID-19 Relief and Support for Music Industry Professionals

  Earlier this month, we shared a piece on how COVID-19 is impacting the music industry. At this point, the coronavirus is impacting nearly every industry. However, the folks in…

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A Q&A with Mastering Engineer Chris Gehringer on Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia”

Gracing our headphones a week earlier than expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, Dua Lipa’s new album, “Future Nostalgia” dropped on March 27. While social distancing may be keeping the disco-infused…

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Everything You Need to Know About FanLabel: From A-to-Z

Want to prove you know how to pick a hit song? The FanLabel app is where you just might find out whether you’re among the best A&R talent scouts or…

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How the Coronavirus is Impacting the Music Industry

  In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, live events are being cancelled left and right. Major universities are taking their classes online, and even the NBA has suspended basketball…

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5 Factors of Stream-Worthy Cover Art

  They say not to judge a book by its cover, but there’s no doubt that many do, anyway. The same notion applies to music, in many cases. In the…

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4 Reasons to Follow Other Labels in the FanLabel App

  We’re always working on the latest and greatest version of the FanLabel app, and with that comes a slew of new and exciting features. With the release of version…

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Spotify Playlists are Driving Streams

  Back in the days of yore, people created “mixtapes” for their friends by recording music onto a blank cassette tape. Outside of radio promotions, a lot of songs gained…

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The State of Music: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed in 2020

  With all of the technology available now in 2020, there’s no limit when it comes to innovation within the music industry.  FanLabel is a music gamification app, and that…

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FanLabel’s Fantasy Super Bowl Halftime Performers

  With Super Bowl LIV set to kick-off this weekend, the FanLabel editorial team got to thinking: in our own fantasy world, who would we want to see perform at…

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Cool Contests in the FanLabel App

  Here’s a walkthrough of some of FanLabel’s challenges and contests. Get ready to play and to discover new music while you’re signing songs and artists to your very own…

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How to Find Hit Songs Before They Hit

  Each year brings an overwhelming variety of music releases. Some releases fail, some rack up a healthy amount of streams, and some explode like supernovas until they’re a permanent…

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Sounds of the Future

  Here at FanLabel, we’re fans of all genres of music. When we’re bopping along to our favorite electro-pop tunes (think Charli XCX, Robyn, Billie Eilish, etc.), we can’t help…

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FanLabel’s Artists to Watch in 2020

  Time to look forward, music lovers. We can’t help but look at the year ahead and think about all of the great new music to come. Here are our…

spotify BlogEnd of Year Wrap-upMusic

Spotify Reveals its Most-Streamed Artists of 2019 (and of the Decade)

  As 2019 winds down, it’s time to reflect on the year that was in music. Spotify has made this task easy for us by providing its “Wrapped” list of…

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FanLabel’s Holly Jolly Hits Playlist

  Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just enjoying the festivities, stream our new “Holly Jolly Hits” Playlist here! Be sure to look out for these songs in FanLabel….

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FanLabel’s Marketplace is Live: Great Deals on 100 Percent Licensed Merch!

  Like Lil Yachty? Or maybe The Weeknd? Or are you’re more of an Eminem or Prince fan? Well, we’ve got you covered! We’ve launched a new section in the…

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FanLabel’s Thanksgiving Dinner Playlist

  As you’re getting your stomach ready for some Thanksgiving turkey (or tofurkey for our vegan followers…), spin these tunes and snuggle up to a loved one. Happy Thanksgiving from…

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FanLabel Staff Picks – November

Fresh from the team that puts together the contests in the FanLabel app, writes our marvelous blog posts, and produces our “Play the Music” podcast – here is a handful…

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Top Music Videos of the Decade Gone By

  It’s almost 2020. Don’t worry – we’re just as shocked as you are. In the blink of an eye, we’ve enjoyed (or is it “survived?”) the decade of Silly…

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25 Artists Under 25 Who Climbed the Charts in 2019

  As the music industry continues to accelerate at an incredible rate, it has never been a better time to be a young artist on the rise. FanLabel’s 25 under…

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Hooked on Streaming, For Good Reasons

  Do you ever stop to think about how frequently you stream music on a daily basis? Between the time spent studying for a test, crafting a setlist for this…

kanye west BlogHip-hopPlaylist

The College Dropout Turns to Jesus (is King)

  Kanye West has been teasing fans about his new album release for months, leaving super fans shaking in their Yeezys. Finally, the day has arrived. The rapper-singer-songwriter-fashion-designer dropped his…

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Song School: What Makes a Commercial Hit?

  At FanLabel, we’re fascinated by the ins-and-outs of the music industry. Among the many aspects that get us all riled up is the art itself: the songs. Long before…


Killer Tracks and Spooky Songs: Halloween Party Playlist

Halloween is just over two weeks away, which means it’s time to rock out to seasonal hits, such as “The Monster Mash” and “This Is Halloween,” to get you into…

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Our Sweaty (and Stretchy) Playlists

There comes a point in the day when we finally unchain ourselves from our desks here at FanLabel. Like the post-work routines of millions of others, it’s time to head…

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What We Can’t Wait to Stream: FanLabel’s Fall Album Preview

  There’s certainly no shortage of new albums dropping this fall, but a few rank higher on our radar than others.  Here’s what our staff can’t wait to stream… Dermot…

Send-Off BlogFriday Send-OffMusic

FanLabel Friday Send-Off Playlist 9.27.19

Welcome to FanLabel’s Friday Send-Off playlist, where we share our favorite FanLabel tracks from the week each Friday for your weekend listening pleasure! Our Friday Send-Off playlist is derived from…

funk BlogHip-hop

Funk is Surprisingly Not in a Funk (in Ways You Might Not Expect)

  Funk. Not exactly the most popular genre in the music scene today. And you don’t see it as a highlighted genre in FanLabel’s weekly contests.  Or do you?  If…

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FanLabel + iHeart Radio: Cruisin’ Woodward Avenue with Mac Watts (Video)

FanLabel had the best seat in the house for the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise! In partnership with iHeart Radio, we had the pleasure of hosting country star, Mac Watts, for…

streaming music BlogMusic

How Streaming Has Changed the Way We Consume Music

Picture this blast from the past: It’s 2008 and you just purchased Lady Gaga’s brand new single, “Just Dance,” from the iTunes Store for $0.99.  Now that it’s on your…

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How Do Yesterday’s Hits Translate into 2019?

Music has evolved over the past several decades. Even the current streaming landscape has seen many changes over the past 10 years. The way that artists are paid and the…

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Women – The Prime Rib of Country Music

A few years back, you may have heard the slanderous statement made by a radio consultant that, when it comes to country music, women are “the tomatoes of our salad.”…

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Giants of the Streaming Era

The streaming age in music has provided the option for anybody who has access to an internet connection to listen to their favorite artists and songs on-demand. This has, in…

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Artists Who Don’t Write – Are They Legit?

You’re eating lunch on a Saturday afternoon and your friend just trash-talked an artist because they found out he/she doesn’t really song-write. On the contrary, maybe they had just finished…

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Our Fantasy Music Festival Lineup

Summer is upon us, which means a few things: warmer weather, longer days and, best of all, music festivals across the land! Think Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Firefly. So, this got…

CMA Fest BlogCMA FestMusic

FanLabel Launch Party at CMA Fest 2019 (Video)

FanLabel had an excellent time in Nashville during CMA Fest 2019! We had the tremendous opportunity to host a launch party on June 7 in Music City, which included live…

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Start Racking Up Your FanLabel Royalties

It’s easy to create your own fantasy record label in the FanLabel™ app. The idea is to earn as many virtual Royalties during gameplay as you can. Not only do…

SoundCloud BlogMusicStreaming

That Other Streaming Service (Why We Love SoundCloud)

The data used to measure the success of songs in FanLabel contests comes from a variety of sources. Sometimes it’s album sales and other times it’s “spins” on radio. But…


The Original Songs Behind Famous Covers

A cover allows an artist to reinvent another artist’s song. Sometimes these recordings are celebrated in smaller followings, and other times, they have the potential to grow into bigger hits…


Rolled Windows Springtime Playlist

The birds are chirping, trees are blooming again, and daylight is getting just a bit longer. Whether you’re on your way to work, school, or a weekend outing, jam out…

BlogMarch MadnessMusic

FanLabel March Madness Bracket Challenge Week 4: Champion

After 4 weeks of battling it out for most weekly streams, we have our FanLabel March Madness champion. “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers won by a landslide, beating out underdog…

finalists BlogMarch MadnessMusic

FanLabel March Madness Bracket Challenge Week 3: Finalists

After our Final Four battled it out for the most streams this week, two finalists have emerged victorious. One is an upset, and the other is a landslide victory, but…

winners BlogMarch MadnessMusic

FanLabel March Madness Bracket Challenge Week 2: Which Songs Moved On?

It’s been an eventful first week for our competitors, with both upsets and landslide victories. We are pleased to announce our four finalist songs, who advance to the next round…

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FanLabel: Tips for Finding that Right Song

So, you’ve downloaded the FanLabel app but need to strategize to create a winning fantasy label. You’ve heard some fire songs, but maybe they’re not always earning you those virtual…

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FanLabel March Madness Bracket Challenge

It’s time to introduce FanLabel’s March Madness bracket! We selected eight songs that were released on Friday, March 1. In the weekly brackets, we will pit competing songs against each…

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Artists Connect with Fans via Social Media

Social media has evolved into one of the most powerful marketing tools available today, especially as a platform for up-and-coming musicians. At FanLabel, we have our finger on the pulse…

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The Age of Collabs and Collectives

As music itself changes over the years, so does the way artists and their management organize themselves. While music collabs are nothing new, they have taken bold new forms in…

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Put Your Genres in the Blender…

With the constant spreading of new music through the Internet, you don’t have to go on a multi-week culture quest to discover amazing new genres and sub-genres of music. They’re…

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10 Best Super Bowl Performances of All Time

All eyes are on Super Bowl LIII, which is set to kick-off in Atlanta on Sunday evening between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. There’s a great relationship…

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10 Albums Turning 10 This Year

In what seemed like just the blink of an eye, it’s hard to believe 2009 was already a decade ago! Step into a time machine with the FanLabel staff, and…

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Featured Titans of Music – Week of Jan. 21-Jan. 25

If you play FanLabel regularly, you may have noticed a slight change in gameplay this week. Or, if you just joined FanLabel this week, you may have noticed some of…

Motown BlogMotownMusicPlaylist

Happy Birthday, Hitsville! Celebrating Motown’s 60th Year

Detroit is one of America’s best music cities, and is known for producing greats like Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and The Temptations, and it’s also the birthplace of Motown music….

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2018 – A Heckuva Year in Music

2018 – what a year in music! So much has happened over the past 12 months, including with FanLabel, as we continued to update the platform and change game-play to…

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Album Switch-Ups: Changes in Style, Genre or Attitudes

As a fan, it’s always a shock when an artist completely changes their style. Over the years, many big names have risked their brand and fan loyalty by releasing albums…

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Artists Who Left Us in 2018, But Shall Live On

As 2018 comes to an end, we are reflecting and remembering those incredible contributors to the music industry who passed away this year. While these artists are no longer with…

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Rap Music Branches Out

Looking at the Billboard Hot 100, it’s evident that rap is today’s dominant genre. The top 10 is almost exclusively rap music, with only one song from another genre featured…

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Top 5 Albums Streamed + Trends from November 2018

The month of November provided plenty of opportunities to stream music. At FanLabel, we are always paying attention to trends, so now that we have rolled into December, we decided…

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Your 2018 Holiday Release Guide

Ah, the Holidays: a time for friends gathering, hot chocolate, family bonding, gift-giving, and plenty of over-the-top meals. Of course, what stirs the holiday spirit most is the heart-warming holiday…

Technology BlogMusicTechnology

The Tech Behind Those Hot Tracks You’re Streaming Today

We’re in a music explosion – in both breaking genre barriers and the amount of music being released. Today’s music technology is allowing for a new generation of music makers…

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of… Prozac?

‘Tis the season to pull your hair out, fa la la la la, la la la la! By the time you sit down to carve your Turducken for the family…


Country Music Grows Up

We are big fans of country music here at FanLabel. We realize that country music has come a long way, and today’s popular sound doesn’t often resemble the twangy, honky-tonk…

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November 2018 Album Releases

November has begun, and there are several highly-anticipated albums dropping this month!   Here, we break down some of the albums we are most looking forward to here at FanLabel…

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The New Alternative

We love to feature alternative music in the FanLabel app, and we have realized the alternative sound has shifted recently. Ten years ago, it was very easy to identify alternative…

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Life After Death: Posthumous Album Releases

The unfortunate reality is that many of our favorite artists leave us too soon. As fans, we develop visceral connections to musicians because of the way their words impact our…

productivity BlogMusicProductivity

The Best Music Genres to Boost Your Productivity

Here at FanLabel, we’re obviously music obsessed. We’re always jamming, no matter where we are—in the car, walking the dog, at the gym, and especially at work. If you’re like…

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Upcoming Album Releases: What’s New in October?

Fall is officially here, and the album releases just keep on coming. There are several notable albums dropping this month, so allow FanLabel to be your guide as we prepare…

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One Hit Wonders – Where Are They Now?

One hit wonders–musicians or groups that have one hit song with no sequential songs that measure up to the prior’s success. Often we don’t even remember the name of that…


Our Best of the ’80s

The 1980s was an extraordinary decade for music. Music from the ’80s includes a wide array of incredible artists and songs and evolved fast, sounding significantly different at the end…

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Music Producers…Who Also Sing?

Since the dawn of dance music in the late ‘70s, electronic production has grown in popularity. Many singers and rappers, including Beyonce and Kanye West, have doubled as producers for…

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Artist Q&A Session: Adventures With Vultures

One of our main goals here at FanLabel is to help our users discover new music by introducing you to artists or sounds that you may not be familiar with. One artist...

The Ultimate End of Summer Road Trip Playlist

Picture this: it’s a perfectly warm summer afternoon. There’s nary a cloud in the sky, you’ve got a full tank of gas and a three-day weekend ahead of you. Pack…

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FanLabel Staff Picks: What We’re Listening To

FanLabel’s editorial team is busy, but not so busy that we couldn’t rally among us to share what we’re listening to (and why) this week. And then, that of course…


Artists on the Rise: Who Should You Know?

Yes, the artists who dominate the radio airwaves and streaming platforms are extraordinary talents – they don’t get there by coincidence. Before they were famous musicians or even rising artists,…


Artists Using Real Instruments in Their Beats? What?

Hear the term “beat,” and immediately the image of a hipster pressing buttons in a DJ booth comes to mind. The rise of EDM along with unbridled new technology has…


Upcoming Album Releases: What’s New In August?

If you missed our recap of album releases from late June and July, have no worries! We’re back to let you know about all of the hottest upcoming album releases…

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Dear ’70s Music, We Love You

Dear ‘70s, As music decades go, you were one of the all-time best. You put the “classic” in “classic rock.”  You capped off an incredible run for Motown sounds. Your…


U.S. Vinyl Sales Soar, Jack White at the Top

Are digital downloads so yesterday? According to Nielsen’s U.S. Music Mid-Year Report 2018, vinyl LP sales have increased 19.2 percent this year over last year’s sales (7.6 million vs. 6.4…

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5 “Other” Hubs for Music

One of FanLabel’s many goals is to introduce you to music you haven’t heard before and to get you listening “outside of your box.” One way to experience music in…


The Future of Concerts: Tech & Music Mashup

Gone are the days where you need a printed, paper ticket to gain access to your favorite musician’s concerts. These days, technology is making admission for concert-goers easier than ever….

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That Hip-Hop Dance Fad Thing

About once a year a new hip-hop song will come out accompanied by a dance…and it goes viral. These dances, often silly and easily mastered, will take over middle school…

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25 Artists Under 25

Young music artists have always brought excitement to the music biz, and today as much as ever, they’re “all that.” With so many artists on the rise, it’s not so…


3 Tips for Aspiring Musicians To Get Their Music Noticed

There is a lot of competition in the music industry — thousands of aspiring musicians are vying to become the next breakout artist, while the superstars of the industry dominate…


Predicting Songs of the Summer 2018

Music pairs perfectly with the sunshine and great times that summer brings. Those unforgettable songs become the playlist summer memories are set to – becoming part of each year’s “Songs…


Upcoming Album Releases: What’s New In June and July?

In this era of music streaming services, it’s easier than ever to listen to full albums the moment they’re released. There are a lot of highly-anticipated albums dropping this summer,…

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10 Best Fictional Movie Bands of All Time

Music and movies go hand-in-hand. Not only does music play key roles for films in the form of scores, soundtracks and sound effects, but Hollywood has given us some pretty…


Get Ready for Summer with this 2018 Music Festivals Guide

Summertime. There’s no better season for taking in amazing music at live venues around the country. What a time to be able to experience the sounds we all love in…