The Music Scene

We want to share our passion for music with you. We hope to provide some illuminating info about what’s happening in music today, and maybe even provide some useful tips about songs and artists involved in upcoming and current contests.
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Apr 12th 2019

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 than…

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Apr 9th 2019

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…

Send-Off Friday Send-OffMusic
Apr 5th 2019

FanLabel Friday Send-Off Playlist 4.5.19

Happy Friday! That means it’s time for another FanLabel Friday Send-Off playlist! These are songs that were used within the FanLabel app throughout the week of April 1 through April…

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Mar 29th 2019

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…

Send-Off Friday Send-OffMusic
Mar 22nd 2019

FanLabel Friday Send-Off Playlist 3.22.19

Welcome to the first edition of FanLabel’s Friday Send-Off playlist! Going forward, we will share our favorite FanLabel tracks from the week each Friday for your weekend listening pleasure. Quick…

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Mar 22nd 2019

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…

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Mar 15th 2019

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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Mar 14th 2019

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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Mar 7th 2019

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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Mar 1st 2019

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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Feb 21st 2019

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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Feb 6th 2019

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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Feb 1st 2019

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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Jan 29th 2019

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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Jan 25th 2019

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…

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Jan 11th 2019

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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Dec 28th 2018

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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Dec 20th 2018

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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Dec 18th 2018

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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Dec 14th 2018

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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Dec 7th 2018

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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Dec 3rd 2018

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…

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Nov 18th 2018

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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Nov 16th 2018

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…

Nov 9th 2018

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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Nov 2nd 2018

November 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…

Oct 29th 2018

FanLabel’s Ultimate Halloween Playlist

Halloween is just a couple of days away, which means seasonal hits, such as the “Monster Mash” and “This Is Halloween” will be getting you into the creepy mood the…

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Oct 19th 2018

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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Oct 17th 2018

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…

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Oct 11th 2018

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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Oct 2nd 2018

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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Sep 19th 2018

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...
Sep 12th 2018

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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Sep 6th 2018

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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Aug 31st 2018

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….

Aug 28th 2018

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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Aug 21st 2018

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…

Aug 20th 2018

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,…

Aug 15th 2018

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…

Aug 1st 2018

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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Jul 27th 2018

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…

Jul 25th 2018

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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Jul 23rd 2018

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…

Jul 19th 2018

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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Jul 13th 2018

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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Jul 11th 2018

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…

Jul 2nd 2018

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…

Jun 27th 2018

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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Jun 22nd 2018

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…

Jun 18th 2018

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…