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So, following the previous post about how a blog review can break a band, you also need to watch out about the hype.

There’s a new artist breaking through right now called Lana Del Rey – I’ll be surpried if you missed the buzz!

Strangely enough, two of my songwriter clients have worked with her and they both think she’s the real deal with real talent and vision.

But, that’s not the point here.

The point is that in this Pitchfork article there is a very telling paragraph that you need to consider when you head down the route of pitching to and being loved by blogs.

As of 2011, the closest thing we have to MTV’s old “buzz bin” is music blogs– entities with the exact same vested interest in mainstream cool-hunting that your television once had. The only problem is that the people who read, write, and obsess over them are hyper-aware of what a tempting audience they are: They’re sensitive to pandering and “fakeness,” wary of being used to piggyback toward another audience. Appeal to them successfully, and long arguments about music-industry machinations and “authenticity” are more or less inevitable.

In other words, the bigger the blog, the harder it is to get them to take notice and the more you’ll be accused of hype and style over substance if you succeed.

Nothing’s ever simple, eh!?

Read the whole thing though as it’s got a lot of insight into how an artist can come to attention in the web 2.0 world and also how the imagery and style can help send the mesage that the artist wants to get across.

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