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When I search for similar established artists, they come up in Google Music search.
How do they decide who comes up in Music Search? Is it fed off of iTunes or Amazon or something like that?
(If you have other ideas for promoting musicians online, let me know. She has a website and a blog and a MySpace site.)
The music pages that they host at Google (with album art, reviews and so on) do come from 3rd party providers - but who those providers are exactly is not publicly listed - you need to tweeze it out for yourself as best you can. Epinions sounds right to me, but I'm sure there's a lot more.
The key with promoting a musician is to do a lot on a regular basis -- a whole lot, in fact -- and then monitor results. Getting a CD sold through sites that feature "indie" or independent artists is one good step I've used.
".....(If you have other ideas for promoting musicians online, let me know. She has a website and a blog and a MySpace site.)...."
To get people finding it. when you seed it, in the torrent description put the names of more well known artists that are of the same genre so that when someone searches "A famous singer" they may find your friend and request her album.
If they like it you will get some word of mouth spread, not to mention her band name being indexed on top torrent sites along with other artists may have her her name come higher in some SERPs.
Just a thought
Podshow, has been meeting with Google over the last several months. Google will be taking their music in the near future I believe once Podshow gets their purchasing system up within a few weeks.
CDBaby is a good second option.
Hope that helps...