With 2013 set to be another great year for the music industry, a number of prominent bloggers were contacted to give their tips for the year ahead.
Thorny Bleeder, Your Music Radar and Make It In Music all see 2013 as the comeback year for David Bowie. These predictions look like they will come true as Bowie announced the release of his first album for 10 years on his birthday in January! Other sites on our infographic offer suggestions such as hip-hop bands and orchestral music will be hitting the charts this year.
Most blog sites will feature a list of artists, with many having a search option offering the chance to listen to someone you may not have heard of, but whom the blogger is really impressed with. Unlike walking into a record store and feeling overwhelmed, the anonymity and user-friendliness of these online sites means you can take the time to explore new music genres and find something that you in turn want to tell the world about .
Bloggers also write in depth about their particular brand of music and offer advice on marketing and advertising to aspiring musicians. Several, such as Ian Clifford, have set up their own business to find and develop new talent. By adding a blog to their website they have the means to promote and advertise as they understand the importance of social networking.
As well as this year’s top tips we’ve included the most blogged about artists of 2012 as listed on the Hype Machine, an MP3 blog aggregator. Top of the list is The xx, an English indie pop band with 74,320,733 scrobbles. According to a popularity list on Google, indie blogs have overtaken metal blogs, with Australia leading the search for these. More information about music blogs and bloggers is available on our infographic.