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How To Research Original Music Online
by Alex Cosper (1/12/13, revised 3/18/14)


The internet has created a vast new array of musical websites that make it difficult to sort through and find specific types of music. There are a few research site, such as PlaylistResearch.com, that help speed up your search for finding what you're looking for. The following list gives you ideas on where to learn more about certain music.

Top selling music - Billboard, RIAA
Radio station playlists - Yes
Artist interviews and music news - RollingStone
Artist or music history, biographies and discographies - Wikipedia, AllMusic
Indie Music Reviews - Pitchfork, CDBaby, Indie-Music, 8tracks
Local Music Charts - ReverbNation
College Radio information - CMJ
Radio stations - Radio-Locator
Royalty Free Music - CreativeCommons.com
Upcoming concerts - Ticketmaster, Pollstar, Songkick
Concert footage - YouTube
Internet Radio Industry - KurtHanson
Learn how to play virtual instruments online - VirtualMusicalInstruments
Song lyrics - Musixmatch
Popular Music Blogs - PopMatters, StereoGum, CultureBully, JamBase
Songwriters and Publishers: ASCAP, BMI, SESAC
Music Stores: iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CDBaby, CDUniverse
Musical Instruments: Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, Musiciansfriend, Sam Ash, Music123
Music Theory: Teoria


One of the best sites to learn about your favorite artists or style of music is Wikipedia. The website provides information on artist history, discographies and chart performances. No one other site seems to provide more thorough information about artists, except in some cases the actual artist websites. Wikipedia generally has facts such as birthdate and origin of artists, record label and release dates. It's easy to start researching one artist and start clicking links that draw you into other topics, which might last for hours. Other sites with artist biographies are ArtistDirect and AllMusic.





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