[WILKES-BARRE,PA] Making his return back on NikkiSiixx.com, Jared Xavier brings us another dope single titled WHATEVER YOU WANT. Bringing us some R&B vibes over a lvstlivingsoul production, while reciting how he lives to inspire. He even touches based on police brutality, social media, and the hard work he’s putting into his music career. WHATEVER YOU WANT really gives you an insight on what Jared Xavier has on his mind. Stay in the loop @JaredXavier_.
Here’s a new segment over here on my youtube channel, SIIXXNIKKI. Where I film my reaction to hearing a new track from an indie artist. On our first episode of Nikki Hears It First, I’m listening to Bronx Artist D.Green with his single Vanity featuring Erin Whitcomb. Produced by SinVstyle. Take a look at what I thought about “Vanity” and I would love to hear what you guys think about the track!
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In this episode The Officially Street Podcast talks about LeBron James’ Nike deal, their top 5 favorite sneakers of all time, the state of social media today, rumors of a new Kanye West album, Stitches getting beat up again, Meek Mill possibly taking another L for 2015, and DMX’s reluctance to stay out of jail himself.
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I’m back with another website recommendation that I find helpful to anyone who’s looking to promote themselves. This time I’m bringing you a secret weapon of mine that I’ve kept to myself for the last 5 months and I’m ready to share since I know it works! CoPromote is a co-marketing platform that helps generate boost for their posts such as on Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, and even Youtube. They have a community of over 800,000 members that relate to categories like music, gaming, blogging, brands, filmmaking, and so much more.
Luckily, this platform is free but are limited to the features you can use. But first I have to explain how easy and accessible CoPromote is. You can access it on their site CoPromote.com or on your mobile device through their CoPromote app. You are able to boost one thing at a time and you’re able to keep tabs on how the tweet/post/blog/video is doing with their analytics. You get to know who is exactly sharing your content, how engaged is it, and helps to improve with what’s really bringing traffic.
Since using CoPromote for the last 5 months, I find it to be extremely helpful and anyone who is trying to get more exposure on your content either with blogging or music. It works. Before I would get probably 2-3 RTs but when I boost a tweet I now get an average of 20 RTs and even some new followers. Also, helping to bringing new traffic to my Twitter account, My Website, and even my Youtube Channel.
But I know by making your account Pro you can really take advantage of the CoPromote platform and reach to almost close to 1,500,000 additional reach. They have different packages and what I find to be useful is the unlimited boosts. Meaning I can have over 12 tweets being RT, Liked, and Shared. Because currently I’m using the free account which only allows 1 Boost at a time. Check out their packages and prices below:
I’ve been able to find some pretty dope Gaming Youtube Channels. I found them by using CoPromote’s Youtube Feature. Say I find a video I like and I want to feature. It adds a clickable link to my videos on my channel. When someone watches my video a pop up of the video comes out on the bottom left corner. I choose which videos would be more relevant to my viewers. You can also boost a youtube video and get yours featured on other youtube channels.
I seriously reinforce for you guys to check out CoPromote! If you’re an artist trying to get more exposure this is the best way to boost your content from tweets and your music videos! Best way for things to get around is word of mouth and CoPromote makes it easy. If you have a budget for promotion I highly suggest you go Pro in order to really push your content the right way. Try it out for free if money is tight, but don’t miss your chance.
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Hey Everyone, I’m back with another Website Recommendation. This time around I’m recommending Gospik App. At times you feel like the great content you created goes unnoticed if you don’t have too many friends, fans or followers?
Now you can, with Gospik. It’s an extension to add to your google search results page, to allow you to share your opinions about the news, photos, videos, and more right on from the google results search page. Gospik App is an extension meant for Chrome, Firefox & Safari.
Only way to access this unique way to comment is after installing the App Extension, it replaces the righthand side, the sponsored ads side of Google search page, with a New Social Network, where users can interact with each other based on their Google searches.
Talk about everything/everyone right on Google search page, with Gospik app. Anyone talking about you? It makes more sense for Google to create a Social Network based on searches, like Gospik app, than it did with G+. Make sure you give it a try!
In these days where we feel the need to share our lives online it feels to hear it be addressed in a song. Lucille gives us this soulful single that speaks of what really goes on in the world over this Pure Quality Jay track. I felt like she was singing directly to me seeing how my last relationship ended because of drama brought on by social media. I guarantee you many ladies will find this song relatable from the point of view that Lucille is singing and many of the guys will feel as I did. Many of people put up a social media façade nowadays to cover up what is really going on and to hide their feelings. The lyrics of this song paint such a vivid picture of just that. She even went into detail of what she was writing on each social networking and the types of photos she posted. I honestly think this song deserves a great deal of attention and promotion because it’s something that everyone can relate to. I definitely will be checking out her EP “Birthday” based on this song. Check it out below.
After the mission of submitting your content to numerous amounts of sources, now its time to play the waiting game. Waiting for that special feature. When that moment finally arrives it’s now to put in work. For an indie artist you just can’t expect that one feature to make you a superstar over night. It’s all about how many people can get aware of the content.
For my site, NikkiSiixx.com. When an artist gets featured you automatically receive 1 week of promotion via my twitter accounts. Daily mention of the article and the artist twitter link. I’m blasting the post in order for more people to take noticed.
That same promo approach should be done on the artist behalf as well. Say if the artist, his team, and any fans that want to help push your content. The more people that talk about it the better. Build awareness for your content, and this goes for anything related to upcoming releases. Here are a couple of tips to promote your feature on a website or blog, even including mine:
1- Get TWEETDECK! They have a special feature to help pre-schedule tweets. I use this to help the continuous promotion of a tweet for a week without having to physically tweet it myself. I highly recommend you get it and have your team as well! and this will be able to setup daily tweets for
– Features on anywhere they feature you
– RT’s or Screenshots of Feedback Given from fans or colleagues
2- How to promote the featured article on twitter:
— Team Art Morera (@TeamArtMorera) October 7, 2015
— SIN (@LISTENtoSIN) October 12, 2015
— Hope Dealers (@HopeDealersPR) October 13, 2015
— -ToBy- (@Official_ToBy) October 17, 2015
-You know what these links are creating? They’re building the awareness that site actually featured you. This gives the listeners a good reference to why they should listen to you. And you’re building more awareness for the site that feature you. When sites notice a certain artist brings traffic, they’re going to want to keep building more with you.
3- How to promote via Instagram:
@idioticoddity is a unique artist that mixes hip-hop, pop, and rock within his genre. This presents a wide arrange of sounds that Idiotic Oddity adapted to quickly. You may think is a bit out of the norm, but who is normal nowadays? Oddity’s also does his own vocals, making an appearance on his hooks/chorus. Really catchy! Wanting me to press replay. Idiotic Oddity released his self titled EP Idiotic Oddity. I find this to be a great introduction to who Oddity is as an artist. The refreshing production and melodies reminded me of one of my favorite Indie Electronic Duos The Limousines. With a dancy 80’s synth and 90’s influenced pop. But Idiotic Oddity provides a hip-hop flow to his verses. Idiotic Oddity EP is a five track project, here’s what I thought about my favorite tracks off of it. Read the rest via NikkiSiixx.com || #review #nikkisiixx #nikkisiixxentllc #music #hiphop #pop #rock #spotify #listen #idioticoddity
⚠️ATTENTION⚠️ Everyone head over to @Nikkisiixx page & show L❤️VE she reviewed my Mixtape 💯 #HipHop #Blogger #Journalist #UndergroundMusic #IndieGrind #Mixtape #Femcee #Emcee #BARs #TQIK #SupportTheReal #GoodMusic #DOPE #LA #LV #MIAMI #Follow #Like #Share #Blog #Rapper #WestCoast #Cali #Vegas #linkedup #teambackpack #TheComeUp #FGA #FirstGenerationAmerican #ComingSoon
What I also recommend when posting it on instagram.
-Hashtag keywords relevant to the post and anything regarding your campaign.
-LINK the article to your Instagram link on your bio! Fastest way to get instagram users to view the content. Have this up and promote it for a week straight.
4- If you have a website that has a press section (this section will have every link that has ever mentioned you). I find this to showcase to anyone who wants to see how many features without having to do a complete Google search. Its right there ready for the viewer to peek and look at your references.
5- Create your own custom images for post by viewing my article Top 6 Apps for Music Artists. I recommend some pretty dope apps to give you the presence you need online.
6- Don’t just retweet one time the link from the blog. Think about it, they probably took from 2 hours to couple of days to get the post ready and review the content genuinely. Well, I know for sure that’s what my contributors and myself do for all the posts. When you show real love it’s only expected 10x more. Also, when other sites see you pushing the content they made for you. They’ll expect the same push for what they’ll write for you. That’s when sites will become aware that you support the sites.
7- I recommend to push article features for more than a month, twice a day (AM+PM). Reason why when tweeting at different times of the day, is because when someone sleeps another is awake, and vice versa. This doubles your chances in reaching different people than always the same people at the same time everyday.
Those were couple of tips I recommend for Artist to do after getting featured on my site or any other site. When you’re an indie artist, your fans will only know when they see you mention it. If your fan doesn’t follow my site and you don’t mention it. How can they support and promote you when they didn’t find out from the artist themselves?
This is not B.I.G. vs. 2Pac. This is not Jay Z vs. Nas. Contrary to Meek Mill’s belief, this is certainly not 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule. This is not even beef, “Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep.” This is a rap BATTLE. Whether you find it entertaining or not, you cannot deny that this current rap battle has sparked an energy and buzz around the music industry that we have not seen in many years. While all signs are pointing to Drake as the guy demolishing his opponent right now, what if I told you it could have very easily resulted another way. I’m about to tell you how Meek Mill could’ve ether-ed Drake.
Stop comparing drake to me too…. He don’t write his own raps! That’s why he ain’t tweet my album because we found out! 😁
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) July 22, 2015
When Meek Mill gathered factual proof that Drake does not write all of his raps on his own, he should have never broke the news on Twitter. Today’s younger rap fans and Drake fans might say it does not matter, but guess what: IT DOES MATTER and people who live and breathe the culture knows this. This is one of, if not the biggest thing you can ever hold over a MC’s head in a battle. Instead of a Twitter post, he should have recorded a diss verse (preferably over a Drake beat) and release it on the Internet without any warning. In the verse he should have aimed a line or two at Drizzy like, “And don’t compare to me Drake, he don’t write all of his own raps!” Meek Mill would not even have to reveal knowledge of the reference tracks just yet because that one line alone would have been enough to get the rap world’s attention and leave people wondering where this is all coming from. By doing this he would have caught Drake’s camp totally off guard, which is a perfect war tactic. Blindside your opponent when it’s time to invade. He also would have established himself as the aggressor. So if you compare it to boxing, usually the more aggressive boxer gets the most cheers from the crowd (in this case, the fans.) Ultimately, the fans get a say in who won the battle or not. After the first shot, Meek should have stayed off of social media, no rants and Twitter fingers. Let Drake think he may not have something like the reference tracks to destroy him. Wait for a reply on record. Once Drake responds, which could have possibly sounded different, than what he has out now, that is when Meek Mill (without any warning from his team or famous DJ’s) should have came back immediately with the ether.
First of all, this would have negated any chance of there being a record called “Back to Back” and would have killed any of the self proclaimed 6 God’s momentum. This is when Meek should have let everything out without holding back anything. I’m talking about three verses mentioning everything from having a co-writer to the alleged incident inside of the “Takers” movie screening in 2010. This is when he goes back to his battle rap days and use that approach. That means rapping some facts, jokes, personal attacks, and great delivery to humiliate the biggest guy in Hip-Hop. This would have made Drizzy vulnerable and his back would have been against the ropes. It would have sent rap fans, bloggers, radio, and social media into a frenzy. It would not have knocked out Drake the singer and entertainer but it would have ether-ed Drake the lyricist and MC. Meek Mill, the flashy and energetic kid from the streets of Philadelphia, would have been victorious. Battle over.
Unless you’ve been living on Mars the past few weeks, you know that it did not play out that way at all. Unfortunately, Meek Mill underestimated his foe and Drake was almost flawless with his counter attack. Instead of being strategic, Meek was in his feelings and “jump[ed] out the face.” I’m not going to say this battle is over, but I will say that Mr. Dream Chaser has a lot of catching up to do.
DIS TOO MUCH💀💀 pic.twitter.com/Sn7LrUGHQN
— Cockroach (@roach_nigga) July 30, 2015
P.S. My sister, Jasmine Turner, is responsible for the line “jump[ed] out the face” in this article. She got her credit now I’m gone.
SM is an Author and Artist from NYC currently residing in Atlanta, GA. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ClassicSmalls
This comes to every aspect of your career and where you want to take it. But first things first… make sure your music is ready to go. Mixed & Mastered as always. Then when it comes to creating a digital campaign to promote either your single, mixtape, or even your album. It’s gotta look top notch! I found a few key apps on my iPhone, and there’s a chance a few of things are actually available on Android. I put together a list of my TOP 6 Apps for Artist to make a great first impression via social media.
 INSTASIZE : Easiest way to post your entire photo onto any social media outlet. You take the perfect photo on the night when you’re performing in front of a live crowd. Once you get to uploading it to Instagram, you notice half the image is cropped off. You can’t cut off the crowd or yourself to fit them all in. Here comes INSTASIZE to save your day. You simply upload your photo, and it instantly aligns it into the perfect size to fit on Instagram. But better yet you can change the background into any color or a dope design they have listed. And you can even add texts. You can make a collage, add filters and layers to give it an amazing effect. This is a great way to include everyone in the photo, with a nice background, and text like “A Night To Remember”. What a great memory to share with you’re fans.
 INSTAQUOTE : Create captivating text images for your campaign announcing release dates, tour dates, or even a dope song lyric from your current single. They have so many backgrounds, fonts, font colors, and different ways to style the message. I personally love this app, because I’m able to make motivational quotes look stunning, countdowns to events, or any inquires I want my followers to be aware of. Great way to spread the message amongst you’re followers.
 PICPLAYPOST : This has to be the ultimate app for presenting multiple clips together. From images to actual video you can have even music play all at the same time. This is definitely worth the purchase. I’ve been able to present posts, recaps, and anything else you’d like to share. I would recommend this for an artist to use their cover art, video clip of a music video or live performance recap, and a professional photo. I wouldn’t recommend to have audio with a video has its own audio. Best thing about this app you can adjust how long you want the visual to play for and adjust the audio from an added song or for the video’s. If you notice on my Instagram [ @NikkiSiixx ] I have a bunch of these. Get some ideas and create your own unique way to present yourself to the world.
 Ringtone MAKER : Nothings more dope then giving you’re fans free stuff. I think this a great marketing method. Create your own free custom ringtone of your single that you’re pushing. Create an image with INSTAQUOTE stating you must follow my instagram and twitter account and share this image on your Instagram account, gets a free ringtone. Think about it; You just got free promotion with that repost for the free ringtone. Once you have them retweet or repost the image you will need an email address to send them the ringtone. Guess what you just earned a fan and someone who can be added to your email newsletter for future updates.
 REPOST : This is a great way to repost an image instead of screen shooting, then crop, then upload, and re-write a caption or try to remember everything its supposed to say. This eliminates that unnecessary stressful process of reposting. REPOST presents a super easy way to share images or videos from Instagram and still giving credit to the original owner of the image. Great way to repost images from fans. Say: when you meet a fan, they take a photo with you, and this way they are able to prove they were able to meet you and able to keep that memory of you. What a better way to please the fan by reposting it on your Instagram account. I feel this will make them a bigger fan since you acknowledge them enough to share that experience on your own social media account.
 SOUNDCLOUD : This can make it easier to share your music to your social media sites and able to communicate with people who like/love your music. I know so many music lovers who use sound cloud as a source in discovering new music from new artists. Key thing to do with is TAG everything that’s relevant to the track you’re posting. Anyone who searches that keyword will be lead to you. So choose you’re words wisely. Also, this can be a new way you can come across producers, rappers, singers, and of course music lovers.
I find these apps to be very helpful when it comes for upcoming artists to present themselves through social media properly. This easy to use apps ranging from being absolutely free to costing the most 2.99. If $2.99 is too much to ask for to invest in yourself, than you must be in the wrong industry. When you’re an upcoming artist you have to put your blood, sweat, and tears into you’re work. Investing in yourself will bring you growth. To buying your own studio equipment or pay hourly to rent out a studio space to record your music. Don’t forget to check out these apps via iTunes and Google Play. Hope these apps help you in gaining a better online presence.
As the great Earl Ptrick McNease tweeted:
There is no excuse not to be heard today as an artist. You have the power at your fingertips.
— Praverb (@PtheWyse) September 10, 2014
21-year-old NJ rapper, Money Willz returns with some chilling visuals for his latest cut “#SocialMedia.”
Willz takes a break from his typical subject matter to give us something with a bit more depth. We all know the dangers of social media, but many of us say “oh, that won’t happen to me.” With so many advantages, it’s hard to believe that using social media could have any negative outcomes. In this dark visual, Money Willz plays a creeper who has his eyes set on the girl of his dreams. This music video, which feels very much like a short film addresses the terrifying truth: in this digital age, we are more connected than ever.
When it comes to promoting your own music, there are a lot more options today than there were even a couple years ago, thanks almost entirely to the Internet. We posted an article a little while back on the do’s and don’t’s of social media promotion, and it’s true that social media can provide some of the most effective ways to promote your sound. But in this post we’ll take a quick look at 5 ways to promote your music online without the use of traditional social media apps and sites.
1. Use Soundcloud
It’s probably the most obvious suggestion to an independent artist, but it’s one that just can’t be ignored. Soundcloud has become an enormous service for new artists and music fans alike, and failing to upload your sounds there leaves you at a disadvantage. Don’t just rely on Soundcloud’s own site though – you can also use the service to play live tracks for free on your own artist website, letting any visitors hear your sound. It goes a long way to offer some listening for free.
2. Upload Sounds To Last FM
This is just one more way to get your sound out there on a massive listening service. There are a few added bonuses though. For one thing, the royalties program at Last FM gives you a bit of cash as people listen to your music; additionally, the service has a Pandora-like “discovery” tool that can make your sounds come up when people listen to something similar.
3. Be Accessible
If you have an artist website (and let’s face it, you should), try to be accessible. Provide an email address for fans to reach out to you, and answer emails. You can even look into conducting live chats once your audience broadens a bit. You won’t be able to keep it up if you make it big, but being personable and accessible gives you appeal and makes you memorable.
4. Contact Entertainment Webmasters
This one’s a long shot, but remember there’s never any harm in asking. Betfair’s Bingo site is one example of what we’re talking about here. At this site, users gamble real money not just on bingo, but on a variety of casino games – poker, blackjack, you name it. Essentially, they’re games that can be played with soundtracks! Again, this one’s always a long shot – but reaching out to arcade and entertainment sites to see if they’ll host your music isn’t a bad idea.
5. Get Your Music On Spotify
Before you can make it to this step you need to make sure you have your music registered with BMI. Spotify essentially gives you the same benefit as Last FM – it’s purely for exposure, and once you’re up you won’t have much control over marketing or outreach. But the general idea is, there are about a dozen solid services where new artists can upload music, and there’s just no sense in ignoring any of them!
We love to help out a give artist advice. Even though this article is stating how to promote your music online without social media, but we highly recommend social media for helping to spread the word on your music. Here are a couple other advice articles that can really benefit you and your career.
Getting Booked For A Show
How To Promote Your Music Through Social Media Outlets
Social Media has taken the internet by storm, it’s not the same as 10 years ago. Social Media outlets are websites that offer ways to interact with others, they might be friends or family and possibly with people you’ve never met.. The most popular out of these social outlets are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, and the list goes on and on. I would like to go over the proper way to use Twitter and Facebook since these are the media outlets I use the most. I consider these more like guidelines.
[x] When promoting your music via Twitter do it best on your timeline. This will reach out to you’re followers, if they like what they see they’ll click the link because they are interested.
[x] When someone asks for more links to your music, send it through a DM. (DM – Direct Message) You’re followers don’t need to see you blasting your own music to others.
[x] HASTAG # RELEVANT TOPICS! Obviously genre, location of artist, and key words related to your song or content.
[x] Overload you’re timeline with content. This will bring you people who are interested.
[x] Spam everyone with a link to your track saying LIKE AND SHARE — First off… how can you LIKE a tweet? You’re in the wrong outlet. Especially when you spam everyone with the same tweet it gets ridiculous. When we’re using Twitter we don’t listen when we receive these type of tweets.
[x] DON’T DM with links to your music, especially when the person didn’t inquire to hear your music in the first place. This is when you can actually lose a potential fan or get reported as SPAM.
[x] DON’T EVER ALTER tweets to give you the benefit of the doubt.
[x] Say if you’re waiting on a blogger/brand to get back to you on a submission or an inquiry. Don’t tweet them publicly, this will put them on the spot on why they haven’t gotten back to you. You must understand by doing this, this will reduce you’re chances with them even working with you. Best way is either through a DM or an email. I find email is more private and you’ll have more space to talk about the situation.
[x] Best way to promote your music via Facebook is to have a Artist Fan Page. This way any personal stuff doesn’t get shown to your fans.
[x] Promote – New Music x Projects x Collaborations x Photos x Music Video x Event Recaps of your performance x Any upcoming shows you have.
[x] Follow Facebook Guidelines! Such as posting photos of drugs you’re using or any type of nudity. Facebook does not play when it comes to these offenses. They’ve been reports of police departments going through pages and finding people posting them using illegal drugs. You just gave yourself away. There’s no need to promote it!
[x] Copy and paste the same promotion to everyone that’s a friend of yours. Either on a wall post or through a message. I find this to be inconsistent. When sometimes everyone is a friend of a friend and see you left them the same comment. Where’s the exclusivity? Why should I listen? Do I have time to listen? All these questions pop off when people get these notifications.
[x] You’re content on other people’s walls. Who gives you the right? I know it may seem like a great idea at first. But what if the person doesn’t like you pushing your music on their wall or doesn’t like your music at all. You wouldn’t like another artists to do the same on your page.
[x] Tag People on photos of your cover art. Unless they had something to do with it. If they made the cover art, produced the track, was featured on it. These should be the reasons why you’re being tagged in the first place. When I see images I’m tagged in that I have nothing to do with I just remove my tag.
I hope you were able to use some of my pointers in properly promoting you’re content via social media outlets. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me via Twitter @NikkiSiixx