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IMPORTANT:  All reviews, comments and posts on this page are made solely by music artist, for music artists!  No posts will appear for anyone representing any music promotional service. Proof of Spotify artist profile required for posts to appear here.

IMPORTANT: All reviews, comments and posts on this page are made solely by music artist, for music artists! No posts will appear for anyone representing any music promotional service. Proof of Spotify artist profile required for posts to appear here.

Music Promotional Service Reviews made solely by artists for artists

Review of Omari Playlist Promotion 

I used Omari Playlist Promotion to promote a new dance song I wrote. I was thinking that since they advertise so much about “how to avoid fake playlists”, they would really be different from the others and help me gain some new fans. Yet sure enough, they too were just another frustrating disappointment. I'm going to be as transparent and truthful as possible so that you can all see exactly what happened to me and and judge for yourselves. Here is what they did: 

After collecting my fee and promising to place my song on several playlists, they placed my first dance song on 26 playlists. However, only 6 of those playlists were even remotely relevant to the House Music genre, and not a single was created by a real human curator with a real name. 

Since none of their playlists were created by individual/real curators, I received absolutely no feedback for why any song was/wasn’t added. In fact, they quietly added my song to their strange playlists and said absolutely nothing until I contacted them 10 days later and asked where my song was added if anywhere at all. Only then did they send me a list of where they added my song. Here is the entire list they sent me and the curator names for each playlist: 

  • Undiscovered Pop 2021 – curator: “Undiscovered Music” – 166 followers 
  • Undiscovered Workout Music 2021 – curator: “Undiscovered Music” – 200 followers 
  • Pop Gaming – curator: “Gamer’s Paradise” – 393 followers 
  • Underrated EDM Songs – curator: “Underrated Songs” – 667 followers 
  • House Music You’ll Love – curator: “Music You’ll Love” – 864 followers 
  • EDM Gaming – curator: “Gamer’s Paradise” – 869 followers 
  • Pop Workout – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 1,095 followers 
  • EDM Music You’ll Love – curator: “Music You’ll Love” – 1,101 followers 
  • Real Pop Music – curator: “Bring Back Real Pop Music” – 1,153 followers 
  • EDM Workout – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 1,200 followers 
  • Cardio Workout – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 1,272 followers 
  • Power Workout – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 1,391 followers 
  • Gym Made Me Do It – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 1,476 followers 
  • Undiscovered Gym Music 2021 – curator: “Undiscovered Music” – 1,562 followers 
  • REAL Dance Music – curator: “Bring Back Real Music” – 1,612 followers 
  • Dance Classics – curator: “Future Classics” – 1,799 followers 
  • Running Workout – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 2,226 followers 
  • Pumping Iron – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 2,816 followers 
  • REAL EDM – curator: “Bring Back Real Music” – 2,975 followers 
  • Gym Music You’ll Love – curator: “Music You’ll Love – 3,434 followers 
  • Gym Music: The Perfect Playlist – curator: “Perfect Playlists” – 4,123 followers 
  • Treino – curator: “All Things Workout Music” – 4,591 followers 
  • Undiscovered Gems 2021 – curator: “addthismusic” – 8,988 followers 
  • Workout Music You’ll Love – curator: “Music You’ll Love” – 13,532 
  • Best Workout Playlists 2021 – curator: “TYTAN Universal Media” – 17,635 

Now when you start looking closely as what they did for us, you’ll see plenty of things wrong with this picture, (despite the last playlist having 17,635 followers. First, let’s look at the curators listed above. Here is a second list of those same curators above and the number of followers they have for their individual Spotify profiles: 

  • Undiscovered Music – 355 followers 
  • Gamer’s Paradise – 77 followers 
  • Underrated Songs – 69 followers 
  • Music You’ll Love – 714 followers 
  • Gamer’s Paradise – 77 followers 
  • All Things Workout Music – 162 followers 
  • Bring Back Real Music – 1,202 followers 
  • Undiscovered Music – 355 followers 
  • Future Classics – 125 followers 
  • Perfect Playlists – 682 followers 
  • addthismuisc – 4,419 followers 
  • TYTAN Universal Media - 293 followers 
  • Your Music Place - 4,783 followers 

Just one look at these profiles and it’s clear to see that none of these are real people or even real companies. These are digital creations made up by Omari Promotion Services and/or their associates for the purpose of giving your music ("STREAMS"). When you’re an artist your ultimate goal is to create and grow a (“fan base”). Not gain a bunch of pointless streams on Spotify! Too many of these playlist promoters fail to understand this, primarily because they don’t give a shit! Here are a few screenshots of several of their playlists and curator profiles for those playlists:

Just in case you're extremely new to all of this and haven't seen any real playlists or curator profiles, this is what they (should) look like:

The playlists above are created by ("real people") with real names, real faces, and real followers. People who an artist can recruit as fans, fill the seats at their concerts & performances and purchase their band merchandise. Pointless "streams" mean nothing and do nothing for artists. This is what has makes me so f*ckin frustrated with these screwed up services that fool so many people and take their money.  

We artists need REAL people who actually like and give a shit about our music and our artistry. Omari is not here to help anyone with that. This is a highly polished scam with heavily rotated advertisements. If you’re genre of music is Alternative Rock, Country, Dance, Hip Hop or anything else, Omari will be sure to toss your song into one or several of these generic (workout or gaming, automated playlists; considering their “non-genre-specific” factor as enough to justify taking your money. 

No artist should pay for any playlist that has less than 5k followers and/or isn't created by a verifiable REAL PERSON with real followers. Real people need to promote their playlists just as much as artists need to promote their music. The name of the playlist and the artwork for a playlist is crucial for the promotion of that playlist - UNLESS the list is automated - then the playlist name, curator name, lack of images or information in the curator's profile and the dumb artwork for the playlist don't matter because it's all created just to suck up your money and give you a few pointless numeric results while doing absolutely nothing for your career.

REVIEW OF ARTISTRACK.COM 

Okay first, let's take a closer look at what they're telling us with a couple screenshots taken from their own website's home page. (If you're on your cellphone, use your fingers to zoom in to see the text.)

Their site says: "... playlist spots are 4 weeks spots..." This is your first big red flag. Spotify doesn't allow "pay-for-play" tactics and encourages us to report anyone offering such services. Songs should be added to a playlist because a real person/curator actually (likes) your song; and it should stay on the playlist because other real people (the listening audience), like it as well. Snatching a song off a playlist (whether their so-called audience likes it or not), simply because they want you to pay more to keep it on, is a perfect definition of "pay-for-play".

However, with these people, their are no real audiences for their playlists and you will know that if you use their service and get no feedback from curators (because their playlists are computer generated), and no likes or saves from listeners, (because there are none); yet you'll mysteriously get a thousand or more streams from playlists with generic looking/sounding names and unrealistic curator names who have only 6-9 followers in their profiles. Any service or curator who promises to add your song for a limited amount of time and and encourages you to continuously pay each month to keep your song on their playlist should be reported to Spotify and we should all do our best to stop supporting scams like this!

No artist should ever use this type of service simply to "gain streams". It is pointless, sets you up for getting kicked off of the Spotify platform, and does nothing for advancing your career. What we artists want are real streams from (real) people. Real people click a "like" button on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all other social media platforms. Those same real people will (save) you to their own Liked Playlist on Spotify. They will follow you on other social media platforms, seek out your website, buy your band merchandise and come to your live performances. If you have nothing more than a lot of "streams" from non-real people, you have no growing fan base, which equals no one to attend your live performances or buy your merchandise. Essentially, your music career is going absolutely NOWHERE, while you run the risk of getting kicked off of Spotify. 

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Unfortunately, we tried this service out and like nearly every other playlist placement service, they tell you absolutely nothing about the playlists to which they are pitching your song. So you're stuck with blindly paying and hoping it's not just another giant mistake. Although they added our song to a total of 36 playlists, we want to share 4 of those playlists with you to let you see for yourself what a mistake it was using this service. The names of the four playlists are:

  • Songs You Must Hear
  • The Pure Talent List
  • Top Tracks 2021
  • Best of 2021

Now you get to play a fun game with us and have a look at these screenshots to see which features you find similar in all four of these playlists. (Be sure to take note of how generic looking these playlists are. Real people (curators), take time to include nice, meaningful artwork for their playlist and title their playlists in a more meaningful (unique) way. They also have "real names". You'll notice the curator names for all these playlists are obviously fake.): 

  • We'll start at the top and work our way down. The images in the upper left corners for all of these lists are extremely generic! That's red flag #1. When a real person puts together a playlist, they want to make it as cool and attractive to other listeners as possible. A few words an a square simply doesn't cut it! (Unless you're not a real person). The names of the playlists are just as generic as the playlist artwork. 
  • We all know that songs are supposed to be "pitched" to curators (real people), on Spotify, who then decide whether or not to add your song. Many times giving feedback for why they did/didn't add it. We never received any feedback for anything.
  • Since real curators are people just like us and have real lives, they don't always have the time to immediately add a song to their playlist. Our song was added to all 36 playlists on the exact same day! That fact alone, is another huge red flag implying our song was added through computer automation, not real people. Take a look at the "Dates added" for all these playlists and you will see large groups of songs being added on the same dates and time for all of them. 
  • You'll also notice that there are absolutely NO well-established artists listed on any of these playlists. In fact, the exact same artists appear on all four playlists in the exact same positions or close to the same positions on each playlists. How in the hell do you have a playlist titled "Best of 2021" and "Top Tracks 2021" with no Justin Bieber or a single other well-established artist on it???? That question should immediately make you wonder, "who the hell is listening to these playlists?"
  • Just right of the curator's name, you'll see how many followers this playlist supposedly has and how many total songs are on each playlist. Notice how all of them have exactly 50 songs. This is because if you were to look at the entire roster for each of these playlists, you will realize that they all have the exact same 50 songs on each playlist - (AND) nearly every song is in the exact same position on every playlist. If these curators are real people, that along with large numbers of songs being added at the exact same time, is one hell of a coincidence!!!
  • Now let's take a closer look at the actual curators for these playlists. Just the names alone should raise suspicions, but to help you out, we have a few screen captures for all of their profiles below:

We've only included the headers for their profiles because there simply is no other information on any of them. No pictures; no real names; no social media information; and most importantly, no followers. The fake curator with the greatest amount of influence here has 9 followers. Now this next and last part would actually be funny if we hadn't actual paid ArtistRack for this service, but in reality, it's the part which ties it all together and let's us know what a huge, embarrassing and frustrating mistake this was. Below is a screen capture of our Spotify page which tells us how many streams we've received from each playlist:

We know you'll have to use your fingers to stretch this image to see what's really going on here, but can someone please explain to us how a fake curator, ("Keerons Music") with 9 followers, no picture or profile information, can have a playlist with 36,407 followers and render 1,806 streams for our song???? When you don't look carefully and make these basic comparisons, you'll be just as fooled as we were and everyone else who continues to use the f*cked up service. None of the supposed streams saved or liked our song. We have zero new followers from those streams. What ArtistRack gave us was a pointless excuse to take our money and it's frustrating and infuriating!

These people will never face real justice for screwing us and a ton of other artists over for their sorry excuse for taking our money. But we can fight back by telling everyone we know never to use their services. We have also sent a letter to Spotify explaining all of this so hopefully they will remove all of their playlists from the platform. Our advice, never pay for a playlist promotional service that doesn't have full transparency in who their playlists and/or curators are (before) you pay. Otherwise, it's a lot like having a restaurant promise brag about their history, number of customers and menu, promise you a great meal without allowing you to select dishes for yourself, and then serving you a bowl of chicken broth. 

 

 

 

Review for Pitch-US.com 

We've never used this service, but after taking an objective look at what they offer on their site, here is what we found:

  • Only has two testimonials on their website. No other reviews can be found anywhere else. They have 5 reviews on MMODM.com by people that no one can confirm are real customers or even real people and they averaged 3.5 stars among that small collection. 
     
  • Supposedly shows three images of their “staff” but with no real way to find these people on any other social media site, it’s impossible to tell whether or not even these images are fake. They don’t tell you anyone’s last name or any other social media contact to help confirm that the so-called staff is real. If they truly wanted to reveal their (“staff”), then they should reveal them fully so that anyone can find them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or ANYWHERE other than on their site. Otherwise, it just looks like another nice piece of doctored bullshit to convince people that they're trustworthy.
     
  • ​​​​​​​They do not reveal any of the basic or playlist information (before you buy). Remember, we don't need them to reveal full playlist and curator contact information, but they should at least tell us: 
  1. If our song be added to a collection of playlists with small audiences? 
  2. Will the playlists be well over 3-4 hours long? 
  3. Will the playlists truly be fitting for the genre and style of your music?  

** Should you choose to use their service, all of these questions will remain, as you blindly pay them your money and trust them to make the right choices for you. 

Their Spotify playlist promotional services are set up by selling their artists, “streams”: (3k-5k streams for $49; 7k-10k streams for $99; 20k-25k streams for $200). *** This should give any smart artist pause, because the (goal) is two-fold. Not only do we want to have our songs added to legitimate playlists which we can visually see on Spotify ourselves, we definitely DON’T want (streams) created by “bots”. Which will hurt our accounts and get us booted off of the Spotify platform. When we are able to visually see the Spotify playlists which host our music, we are better able to determine who our audience members are, and devise ways of growing our fan base. No one simply wants "streams" from an unknown source and then have it all disappear after a few weeks our a couple months.

SUMMARY:  This music promotion service seems to be too new, with too many red flags and too few non-partial reviews to be trusted by any artist. With so many scams out there, why place your bet on an “questionable service”? If any verifiable artist out there has used this service with good results, please let us know.

We all know that the creative process of making music as an independent artist is a great. But when it comes time to promote it in the current online and digital climate, it can be a never-ending nightmare. Getting listeners to simply hear what you’ve created, so that they can decide for themselves whether to love it or hate it, has now been further complicated by: 

  • Literally HUNDREDS of scam artists, who’s websites and social media advertisements are polished enough to fool even the most experienced Artists. 
  • Playlist curators, who’s opinions and feedback often make no sense at all. 
  • Legitimate playlist promotional services, who hide their curator and playlist information, keeping you in the dark (while you pay) without knowing whether or not your music will be submitted to several undesirable playlists with multiple problems. 

As artists and musicians ourselves, we found a need to create a fully accessible, FREE reference for other artists as a way to help all of us navigate the risky, “music promotional service” mine-field without so many of us falling into the same traps.  

We artists are sick and tired of EVERYONE asking for money for every little thing!!!  Especially from other so-called artists who say they are putting out information to warn other musicians about scams, only to give you a link so something on their websites where they turn around and (charge) you for more information. 

We’re all artists. We’re all dealing with the same issues. We all need a break! So the information here is absolutely free and we welcome any comment you have the help other artists. Especially the new folks who are just starting out.    

Below is a list of websites and music promotional services that we've examined and reviewed to help you better determine the services you choose. However, since we know that new services and new advertisements on Facebook and Instagram continually pop up everyday: here are some of the tips you can use to better determine whether or not these services may / may not be good for you:   

Guys, the scammers have figured out that we all like pretty things. So their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter advertisements and their websites look absolutely STUNNING! Please don’t think that just because the website looks really great, you’re dealing with a legitimate service. Make certain that you get all your checks and balances in order! No matter how good the website and advertisements may look to you!

Okay, so a lot of you might think that this is too obvious a thing to do, to be considered a tip. But in so many cases, the websites and services are so new, there are no truly reliable sources of reviews, (except for the fake crap these people create themselves, in hopes of convincing you to spend your money on their new brand of disappointment).

So what do you do when you can't find any reviews?  Create a new post and add that service to this blog down below, then wait until another legitimate artist responds to let you know whether or not they're okay to work with. The lack of reviews is largely why we created this blog in the first place. If you've used any service and found it out to be crap, we want to hear from you to save other artists their time and precious investment. Of course, we also want to know about any service that is truly worth the investment.

When reading reviews, always take a step back and remind yourself that you are reading the review of a person who YOU DO NOT KNOW! So rather than take a stranger's word at face value, do a quick search for the reviewer, to see if they too are either legitimate, or just another fake ploy posted by the sketchy service. Spotify music promotional services are meant for "artists", so without question, (ANYONE) who has used their services should be easily found on Spotify. If you are reading the review of a person that you can't find on Spotify or on any other social media platform. This is a HUGE warning signal that something is not right!

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Sometimes you'll come across a music promotional service that legitimately aims to help you promote your music. However, given that many of these services are NOT created by artists, they seem to be a bit clueless about what an artist expects from a playlist. This tip and these next few tips are things we wish someone had told us in the very beginning that would have saved us a lot of headache and frustration. When you come across a promotional service that ether supplies curator contact information, or allows you to pick and choose playlists & curators on their website, one of the best things you can do is refrain from using any playlist that uses "multiple genres" as a description. A curator using well over 2-3 genres to describe their playlist is simply ridiculous and it could be quite costly to you. 

 There is a new website out called "ArtistRepublik.com" which allows artists to pick and choose playlists to directly submit their music (with no guarantee that your music will be accepted). Also, they will not return your funds if your music is rejected. If you visit their website you'll quickly notice that a vast majority of their playlists use far too many genres to describe the music in their playlist. Here is the genre description for one of their playlists titled: Hot & Trending = "Genre: Alternative, Anime, Blues, Christian & Gospel, Classical, Country, Dance, Electronica, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Latin, New Age, Pop, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, World". 

How in the FUCK can ANY playlist be realistically described as all of those things?? This is either a curator with MAD attention deficit disorder, or someone who will literally take your money and add your song to their playlist (no matter what it sounds like). Finally, you have to ask yourself, "who the hell is listening to this playlist and even if they have 30K followers, how on earth do you get these people to become true fans of you and your music??? Answer: Avoid stupid playlists like these. They are a waste of time!

Oh, and one last important truth - when curators describe their playlists by using a ton of different genres, it is simply impossible to know whether or not your music really fits their playlists. This means the chance of getting rejected is extremely high because in reality, their playlist may be a little more like (this genre) than (that genre). And of course, the best way to truly know is to painstakingly take the time to listen to every single playlist to determine whether or not your music fits. Again, MAJOR waste of time and money!