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N-O Gets Some Positive Vibe from Cari Cole's Newsletter

A mention by Cari Cole is a huge thing to any musician. On the morning of 2nd January, 2012, N-O received a mention in Cari Cole's newsletter.

Cari Cole is a self-made success story. She is a music producer, artist development expert, artist development expert, celebrity voice coach, vocal therapist and manager. She has worked with major labels such as Def Jam, Elektra and Columbia among others. Additionally, she has worked with award winning artists and bands such as Chrisette michelle, Burnham and Diane Birch. She therefore becomes what hip-hop fans may brand, "Your favorite musician's favorite musician".

N-O has never met Cari Cole in person but he frequently reads her tips and advice through her weekly newsletter and blog, www.caricole.com. Cari Cole knows her stuff and following her advice can almost guarantee success.

Below are some of the ways that Cari Cole has made an impact in N-O's career:

1. Industry Advice - N-O is part of Cari Cole's mailing list. He eagerly reads them every week, gathering information that cannot be found anywhere else. This has shown N-O what he has been doing wrong in terms of marketing; playing an even bigger role in N-O's recently rebuilt website.

2. Mailing List - Cari Cole inspired N-O to build a mailing list. Currently, N-O has an opt-in box to his mailing list in strategic places on his site, www.officialn-o.com.

3. Twitter - Due to Cari Cole's great advice, N-O upped his social media strategies. He now uses Twitter more to engage with people, using relevant hash tags and retweets to make a big impact.

4. Mobile Alerts - N-O's website now has a way to connect with fans through mobile alerts, thanks to Cari Cole. This system alerts mobile users with the latest news and music among other important items.

Final Thoughts

As you can see above, it is such an honor for N-O to be mentioned in her newsletter. To check out the mention, click on this link https://fa934.infusionsoft.com/app/hostedEmail/874438/1702355e777bdeb3. This just shows the great potential that N-O has. It is also a signal of great things to come in the New Year.

N-O to Sponsor "The Underground" Hosted by Nina Rawz

N-O, the urban recording artist, has signed a deal with The Big Station 93BLX to sponsor "The Underground" radio show hosted by Nina Rawz. The terms and exact duration of the deal were not disclosed.

This deal comes at a time when N-O is promoting his new song, "I Have Many". Earlier this year, N-O announced a global marketing campaign intended to market and promote his album "Introvert" that is coming soon. Despite the rapper's broad and diverse portfolio of music, "Introvert" remains his greatest and favorite album.

Nina Rawz, whose real name is Nina Santos, hosts "The Underground" in The Big Station 93BLX where she interviews different entertainment personalities. The show helps fans to get a one-on-one feel about some of their favorite musicians. Listening to her will remind you of Angie Martinez, her favorite radio personality of all time. Some of her recent interviewees include Young Tyme, Nosis and Lady Gator. Rawz is a sister to the famous musicians NinaSky.

WBLX-FM or 92.9FM (popularly known as 93BLX) is a mainstream urban music radio station serving Mobile, Pensacola, Florida and Lower Alabama. It has served the Gulf Coast for over 25 years and has been among the market's leading stations. It serves the younger generation due to the fact that it is a mainstream urban station. It started using the slogan "The Big Station 93BLX in 2000.

Nina Rawz is one of the station's most respected hosts. She delivers great interviews that are regularly updated on YouTube. She is respected due to her powerful voice, ability to ask the right questions and knowledge of her audience.

PROBLEMS IN THE STUDIO

When I decided to record songs for my new album entitled 'The Underdog', I wanted it to be different from my last album. So I challenged myself to find great music and write wonderful songs that represent everyday people. When the songs for the album were written, I went on a search to find the best tracks for the album and went to the recording studio after finding four tracks for the album. It felt good going back into the studio because being in the recording studio always feels like home to me. The recording studio is the place where I feel comfortable and happy.

There was no problems when I step in the recording booth and put on the headphones. However, the problems started when my vocals were recording on the beats I selected. The beat was soft and smooth while my voice tone was hard. The tone of my voice didn't match the vibe of the song. My voice tone was perfect for the songs on my last album. However, it doesn't fit the songs for my new album. I'm getting frustrated while I'm trying to find the correct tone of voice to match the radio friendly songs on the album.

The Struggle: It's easy for me match my voice on hard beats. However, I struggle on beats that need a smooth or soft tone of voice. The struggles with my tone of voice on radio records has me questioning myself because I cannot release an album without radio and club friendly songs. I'm trying different things to make the songs better. However, I'm just hitting a brick wall.

Note To All Recording Artists: Changing the way you sound from song to song is easier said than done. However, we owe it to all music fans to be different from record to record. We have to step out of our comfort zone and give the world great music.

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Never Give Up

There are great independent and unsigned artists who give up on making music because of the dark side of the music industry. Unsigned artists with incredible talent are ignored by the music industry while record labels release albums with the same message.

There was a time where record labels put out real music from great artists with different messages. Now, record companies put out music with the same message. If you do not believe me, listen to FM Radio for one hour, and hear different artists saying the same thing.

Music can change the world when recording artists remain focused and determined. Unsigned and independent recording artists can make the world a better place when they talk about real issues in the music. people are sick of hearing the same message over and over. People are ready for something that is different and they need it now.

Note To All Unsigned and Independent Artists: The world needs you and your music to be different from what is out there now. So don't let the music industry change you, you change it, and never give up.

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The Underdog vs The Music Industry: Don't Spill Your Guts

Facebook and Twitter is a great resource for a recording artist to stay in contact with the fans because it allows an artist to share information online. However, there are some things a recording artist shouldn't share with their fans. Your fans want to hear about the progress of your album and other projects that you are working on. Now, it's not a good look to express what you feel when your upset because sooner or later you will calm down and feel differently about what you posted on Face book or Twitter. Here are a few steps to following before expressing yourself on Facebook or Twitter. Step 1 - Talk To Someone You Trust: You need to speak with someone that you trust before posting anything negative online because another person's point of view can help you see things more clearly. Step 2 - Follow The 48 Hour Rule: Wait forty eight hours before post anything negative on Facebook and Twitter because your emotions will not be the same when you give yourself time to calm down. Step 3 - Type It Out: You can use notepad, word, or any other program on your computer or phone to type out what you are feeling at that time. It's ok to express all the emotions you are feeling at that time. However, do not post what you have typed because the goal is to express what you are feeling at that time in a private way. Step 4 - Press Delete: Delete everything you have typed on your computer or phone when you were upset. Note To Recording Artists: Following these steps will allow you to deal with problems and issues without involving your fans in the process. You may lose fans If you continue to post negative things on Facebook and Twitter. Don't Spill Your Guts. By N-O

The Underdog Vs The Music Industry: Do It For The Fans

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently, says "Warren Buffett". The internet has made it possible for a recording artist to connect with their fans all over the world. The internet has also made it easier for an independent recording artist to release new music without a record label. However, recording artists should never sacrifice the quality of the music. Time vs. Quality: There are pressures put on a recording artist to release new music every year or they will run the risk of losing their fan base. Releasing your music once a year is not a new concept because DMX's "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" was released seven months after his debut album. The sound quality of "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" was never sacrificed in order to release on time. You may feel the pressure to cut corners in order to release new music once a year. However, do not cut corners in the following areas: Beats Mixing Mastering Photos Recording Sound Quality Artwork Music Videos Marketing Promotion Advertising Performing Money may also be a concern when it comes to releasing new music quickly. However, you should not cut corners in order to release your album quickly. Your fans will notice when you have cut corners to release music and one disappointed fan can hurt the career through word of mouth. Note To All Recording Artists: Time and Money may be a concern in regards to recording, releasing, and promoting your album. However, your career will suffer if you try to save few dollars on the music project because your fans deserve the very best from you. If time is a concern, then delay the album release in order to make it great. Now, If money is the problem, then spend a few more dollars to make your album a success. At the end of the day, Your fans will appreciate the time, money, and hard work that you put into the album. Do It For The Fans N-O Website: officialn-o.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Official-N-O/167750799933818 Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/officialno

The Underdog Vs The Music Industry: Do It For The Fans

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently, says "Warren Buffett". The internet has made it possible for a recording artist to connect with their fans all over the world. The internet has also made it easier for an independent recording artist to release new music without a record label. However, recording artists should never sacrifice the quality of the music. Time vs. Quality: There are pressures put on a recording artist to release new music every year or they will run the risk of losing their fan base. Releasing your music once a year is not a new concept because DMX's "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" was released seven months after his debut album. The sound quality of "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" was never sacrificed in order to release on time. You may feel the pressure to cut corners in order to release new music once a year. However, do not cut corners in the following areas: Beats Mixing Mastering Photos Recording Sound Quality Artwork Music Videos Marketing Promotion Advertising Performing Money may also be a concern when it comes to releasing new music quickly. However, you should not cut corners in order to release your album quickly. Your fans will notice when you have cut corners to release music and one disappointed fan can hurt the career through word of mouth. Note To All Recording Artists: Time and Money may be a concern in regards to recording, releasing, and promoting your album. However, your career will suffer if you try to save few dollars on the music project because your fans deserve the very best from you. If time is a concern, then delay the album release in order to make it great. Now, If money is the problem, then spend a few more dollars to make your album a success. At the end of the day, Your fans will appreciate the time, money, and hard work that you put into the album. Do It For The Fans N-O Website: officialn-o.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Official-N-O/167750799933818 Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/officialno

"Fight The Law Featuring Ana Marsh" Gets Radio Play

The second single from the upcoming album from N-O received instant airplay on many radio stations worldwide. According to industry insiders on formats ranging from pop and R&B/hip-hop. "Fight The Law" received over 1000 plays in its first week. Here is a list of states playing "Fight The Law" on the radio: California Texas New York Virginia Washington Michigan North Carolina Florida Illinois Ohio Oregon Maryland Pennsylvania Nevada Arizona Georgia Massachusetts New Jersey South Carolina Indiana Tennessee Alabama Delaware Wisconsin Colorado Unknown Kansas Kentucky Arkansas Alaska Mississippi Idaho Oklahoma Louisiana Connecticut Nebraska Maine District of Columbia South Dakota Hawaii Utah Minnesota Missouri Rhode Island Iowa North Dakota New Hampshire Here is a list of Countries playing "Fight The Law" on the radio: Canada Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago Philippines Germany Mexico England Australia Saudi Arabia Israel Malaysia Netherlands Romania Tunisia Colombia Ireland Virgin Islands (British) Czech Republic Bahamas Senegal Barbados Dominican Republic Spain Netherlands Antilles Honduras Italy Peru Venezuela Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Guyana United Arab Emirates Guatemala South Africa Kenya Kuwait Cayman Islands Saint Lucia Nigeria Costa Rica Ukraine Chile Serbia and Montenegro Sweden Brazil Belgium Turkey Taiwan American Samoa Argentina Panama Guam Grenada

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