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How to Self-Publish Your Music as an Independent Artist



There are several advantages to self-publishing your music. You don’t have to share your copyright with anybody, you aren’t forced into any publishing contracts, and you get complete control over where your work is used and how it’s presented. Keep in mind that self-publishing isn’t for everyone. You must be able to commit your time and effort to performing everything a typical publisher would accomplish, as well as more. But, if you’re ready to do it, here’s how to go about it.

Let’s start at the beginning…

When you self-publish your songs, you have to play the part of both the artist and the publisher. It’s possible to make money as a self-published writer by keeping all of the rights to your Intellectual Property (IP), which means you’ll be in total command of how your works are utilized and get all royalty payments associated with your portion of them. This is usually the most preferred method for artists who have little need or desire to be associated with a label. You’ll have complete control from beginning to end. A quick word of warning: it will take a lot of time and effort to self-publish music, so you’ll have to be dedicated to your work.

This is fantastic, but there’s a little more work to be done. If you’re still interested, here’s what you’ll need to do to

Step 1: Make Sure Your Song Hasn’t Been Published Yet

If you’ve worked with a distributor before, you could have unwittingly signed up for publishing services. For example, many of our customers like using our publishing administration services.Before you act, double-check to see whether this applies to you. If it does, you’ll need to contact the distributor in question and request that they delete your publishing information from their systems.

Step 2: Register with a professional.

To receive the royalties you are legally owed, your pieces must be correctly registered with a Performing Rights Organization like ASCAP, SESAC or BMI. The information you provide is critical to the ‘PRO’s’ ability to decide who they need to pay and how much.

If you are a songwriter and have not yet affiliated, make sure to only do so with only one of these, not all of them. It’s important to know that the royalties you earn are distributed by your designated PRO, not the artist who performs or recorded your songs. You can register with ASCAP even if nobody has performed your music.

Don’t worry; there is no cost for this service! Publishing is a critical step in making sure your music gets credited where it deserves to be.

Step 3: Sign Up with the MLC

The Mechanical Licensing Collective maintains the world’s most complete music copyright and ownership information. Mechanical royalties on digital music streaming services are collected by SoundExchange, and those royalties are disbursed according to the ownership claims.

By doing so, you ensure that you receive all of the royalties that are rightfully yours. To obtain digital audio mechanical royalties, you must connect to “Collect” and become a Member of the MLC. As a member, you can register your songs and have ownership information accessed 24-7.

Every song ever written is in the MLC’s database, so if you wrote even one song it would be wise to sign up with them. They offer a free service where they search for your works and let you know if any of them have been claimed by another entity. Unfortunately, many artists fail to sign up for this free service and lose out on royalty payments that could be theirs.

Step 4: Promote

Once you’ve completed those procedures, you can start earning your publisher’s cut of the pie on top of the writer’s share. Now it’s your turn to take charge of the duties of a publisher.

Your publisher will be out networking, looking for sync deals for TV and film, registering copyrights, negotiating licenses, and so on. You’re on your own when you self-publish.

Be sure to actively promote your music. The more people who know about it, the greater chance you have of making sales or receiving licensing requests.

In Conclusion…

Self-publishing usually means signing up for a PRO’s services to be able to manage and publish your own work, but it doesn’t have to end there. If you want to take it a step further, start your own publishing business by becoming a publisher! You may use your creativity to design anything you want, but if this is the case, other artists will be able to offer their services to you.


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What Louis Tomlinson Thinks About A Possible One Direction Reunion



After breaking out in the media with hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Story Of My Life,” “Best Song Ever,” and more, 1D took the world by storm (via Digital Spy). However, in 2015, the boy band shocked their devoted followers when they announced that they will be taking a break. According to E! News, the group shocked their fans by announcing that they would go on hiatus in 2015. After Zayn Malik announced his intentions to leave 1D, the band decided to disband in order to focus on their own solo projects.

“They are great friends and fully support one another,” a source said of the group. “They are very aware that they are able to work on their own stuff as well as remain together. This is an exciting time for them creatively and as a group.” However, it appears that at least one member of One Direction was in opposition to the split.

Before the break, Tomlinson told The Guardian that he was feeling optimistic about the band. “In the last year of One Direction, I was probably the most confident I ever was,” he said. “And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!'” He acknowledged that he struggled against it, but ultimately lost.

Since then, One Direction has yet to record any new music. The group’s future, on the other hand, appears promising.

Did Louis Tomlinson hint at a possible 1D reunion?

According to Cheat Sheet, since announcing the group’s hiatus in 2015, One Direction members have been working on their solo careers and other activities like beginning families. Louis Tomlinson recently spoke out about a possible reunion and left fans wondering if there could be hope for the group in the future, despite Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik all remaining quiet on the subject of a reunion.

In 2021, Tomlinson took part in the WIRED Google autocomplete challenge, answering queries about himself that fans most search for on the internet. He went through his tattoos, color of his hair, eye color, and more before finally getting to One Direction. When asked about the group he replied, “Good time in my life. Hopefully, we come back.” The return of an iconic logo inspired fans to believe that perhaps, just maybe, the band was reuniting. Fans also noticed that when Tomlinson referred to 1D as the band he “is” in before correcting himself to say “was,” he made a minor slip of the tongue.

Could Harry’s comments be hinting at a One Direction reunion? Despite the fact that it appears improbable for now, fans have not stopped hoping for the group to reunite and create new music in the future.

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This Is How Elton John Got His Name



Elton John is one of the most famous names in modern music, with his distinctive appearance and voice, as well as instantly-recognizable songs. It’s difficult to find many individuals who haven’t heard Elton John, better known as “The Rocketman,” thanks to his signature song of the same name. In fact, the Elton John biopic film released in 2019 was called “Rocketman” because the word is so easily identifiable with John (via IMDb).

However, prior to his career as “The Rocketman” and even before he earned the moniker “Elton John,” he was known by a different name. He actually went by his birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, and dropped out of school at the age of 17 to pursue a music career (via Biography). He eventually changed his name because he was becoming more successful, however even the film documenting his life didn’t get his change of name right.

Elton John chose a new name on the fly

The film “Rocketman” tells audiences that Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to Elton John after meeting John Lennon, the famous Beatle. Lennon, on the other hand, had nothing to do with how Elton John got his name. Another singer known as John also existed.

According to a 1991 interview with Rowan Atkinson, Reginald Dwight was a member of the group “Bluesology” and decided to go it alone, hence the name change. He said he chose the name Elton after a saxophone player in the group because he wanted to branch out on his own. In a 1990 interview conducted after the release of his CD box set entitled “To Be Continued…”

“I was in Bluesology, and we were coming back from a Long John Baldry gig somewhere, and we got a bus from London airport to London and someone said, ‘We’ve made it now, so what are you going to call yourself?'” John said (via The Wrap). “The saxophone player in the band was called Elton Dean, a very good jazz sax player, and the only other Elton I could think of was Elton Hayes, who recorded the song ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’ So I took ‘Elton’ from Elton Dean and ‘John’ from Long John Baldry. I wanted to choose a name that nobody had, and it was as quick as that.”

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Fans Think Britney Spears Is Pregnant According to Them



When Britney Spears updated her Instagram Story, she may have started a rumour about herself. The singer and her partner Sam Asghari are relaxing on Maui, Hawaii at present. While posing for photos with her adoring public, Spears revealed that lately she hasn’t felt too well (via Fox News).

“I think I have a small bug … the only thing that is similar to this feeling is when I was pregnant…” the star wrote as a caption to the clip. She continued, “it’s the nausea that is the worst … It’s like I can’t wake up so I go to the gym trying to wake my system up !!!”

Spears continued her post by writing, “It’s like clockwork … I break my first sweat then I go to the bathroom and throw up… it’s absolutely horrible but then I stay at the gym because I don’t want to go home and lay sick in bed …. I keep going and [at] night I go dancing and my system starts to get clarity … Dude … this has been going on for a month and if someone has this you’re not alone !!!”

Following her return to Instagram, fans immediately started speculating about whether she is expecting again, with one user writing, “She’s pregnant again.” “Awwww baby on the way.” “Morning sickness my dear,” echoed another fan.

More Spears fans were reacting to her tweet about pregnancy on Twitter.

She has confirmed that she wants to conceive again

The celebrity’s message about being sick for a month caused Twitter to go wild. “Britney girl…your nausea has lasted for a month and the only other time you felt like this was when you were pregnant???? who’s gonna tell her?” asked one fan. “I think it’s time to get a pregnancy test PLS,” someone else tweeted.

The rumor mill was still in operation, with another individual adding, “Girls Britney is pregnant. Throwing up every morning for a month…. And she even said herself she’s never felt like this except when pregnant….”

Although she enjoyed her first title, Spears is still determined to have another kid. As the whole world heard during her conservatorship hearing as she tried to terminate it, Spears, who is a mother of two adolescent sons, wants to conceive another child. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant,” the pop star testified. “I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children,” she said (via Billboard).


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