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The Top 3 Reasons Why No One Is Listening To Your Music


The music industry is a tough gig, do you have what it takes to be the next break through producer? Digital Music News gives you a few reasons why your new single just hasn't taken off yet.

This article originally appeared on Digital Music News

As we move away from the pay-for-music debate, we enter into a world of millions of publicly available songs that no one wants to listen to. Literally.

Now that anyone can release her music to the world with simply an internet connection, why is so much music being ignored?

The number one question I get asked by musicians is “why isn’t anyone paying attention to us.” There are many reasons for this. But here are the top 3:

1) Your Music Sucks

Sorry. I know this is hard to hear. But most music out is really not that good. Now, I know that music is (mostly) subjective. But even though your mom and lover tell you your music is great, it may not be just so. Even though you dropped $20,000 on your last album, it may, in fact, be a pile of dung. It’s possible. Believe me. I’ve heard it far too many times. Before you furiously scroll to the comments to blast me, hear me out. I thought I was hot shit long before I was. Juuuuust kidding. But seriously, I thought my music was incredible when in reality it wasn’t very good. Listening back to my early recordings, I can hear my shortcomings. But most artists are blinded by their own, unequivocal love of their music that it trumps what the majority of the listening audience thinks – it’s just not that good.

So, how can you objectively decide if your music is shitty or not?

Do some market research. Labels do market research to help them figure out what audience to target, you can do this too. But first, you need to find out if you are any good.


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