5 surprisingly easy ways to get press coverage for your release

Artist spotlight

We get many mails from upcoming artists and rappers that ask us for advice and don’t know how to start marketing their music releases or themselves to their target audience.

Unfortunately the marketing strategy is an important factor when it comes to the success of a single or album release and should never ever be neglected. A simple and effective way to promote your new single or album is press coverage by authorities like hip hop websites and blogs. Even if your team is relatively small and struggling you should at least submit your music to some blogs to gain some attention of the media.

To help you out we compiled a list of useful hip hop blogs and sites, that are constantly looking for content to publish on their blogs.

Below are 5 links where you can either submit your music, get featured as the artist of the week or apply for an interview.

Please note that by following these links your marketing is not done – this should be just an orientation and at best the beginning of something bigger.

1. Northstarhiphop.ca

NorthstarHiphop.com is one of the most visited websites in Canada for urban media, covering several upcoming rappers in interviews or artist spotlights.

2. HipHopBloggersUnited

is one of the leading hip hop blog networks and was named one of XXL’s 2009 Top 100 Hip Hop Websites.

3. Backpacks and Traps

Backpacks & Traps is a hip hop blog focused on conscious & political rap. All lyricists and storytellers should definitely take a closer look at this one.

4. Hip Hop N More

Hip Hop N More is one of the biggest hip hop blogs, currently ranked no. 9 in the Digital Power 30 list by the well-respected Source Magazine. They have a Spotlight section where an upcoming artist gets featured weekly.

5. Face2Face Magazine

Face2Face Magazine is a new underground magazine with focus on the hip hop culture, always looking for new talents.

Take these 5 tips as a starting point for your marketing strategy – but don’t stop and remember that marketing is always a continual process – if you consider this you will see results soon.

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