Musicnotes and Tunecore Team Up to Offer Artist Sheet Music

TuneCore has teamed up with Musicnotes.com to provide yet another way for musicians to make money off their fame. Kicking off in May 2009, any TuneCore Artist selling over 25,000 songs within 90 days can have at least one of their songs professionally scored, translated to sheet music and made available for sale via paid download at Musicnotes.com, earning money from each sale. Musicnotes.com has sold over five million sheet music downloads since its inception in 2000 at an average price of $4.95. This relationship further democratizes the industry by providing, for the first time in the history of the music and publishing industry, a unique opportunity for artists based
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Susan Boyle Phenomenon Resonates in Sheet Music

Madison, WI – April 20, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that Susan Boyle, the singer who stunned viewers the world over with her performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ TV show, has influenced sales of sheet music as well. “We have never encountered anything like this in the history of Musicnotes,” indicated Marketing Director, Bill Aicher. “This one song is even outselling songs from the hit movies ‘Twilight’ and ‘Hannah Montana: the Movie.’” Sheet music sales for “I Dreamed a Dream” have surpassed sales for the Miley Cyrus song “The Climb” from ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie.’ In
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Love Piano Sheet Music? Learn about Types of Notation!

Notation is the way music is represented by written symbols. Symbols can include notes or other markings that indicate how to play your song. A few of you had asked what some of those musical symbols mean, and our production team recommended this list of modern musical symbols which includes everything from a “staff” to the “fermata” symbol, which looks like a bird’s eye. Did you know that sheet music is a form of music notation? There are several different ways that a song can be written into sheet music. Often, the notation may change depending upon the arrangement, complexity and musicians involved in the piece. For example, our Singer
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Chopin, Ask Musicnotes and U2 in The Whole Note

According to the Wikipedia entry on Chopin, “Chopin’s music for the piano combined a unique rhythmic sense (particularly his use of rubato), frequent use of chromaticism, and counterpoint. This mixture produces a particularly fragile sound in the melody and the harmony, which are nonetheless underpinned by solid and interesting harmonic techniques. He took the new salon genre of the nocturne, invented by Irish composer John Field, to a deeper level of sophistication. Three of Chopin’s twenty-one Nocturnes were only published after his death in 1849, contrary to his wishes. He also endowed popular dance forms, such as the Polish mazurek and the Viennese waltz, with a greater range of melody
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Had a Song Suggestion? Here’s a Few of Your Requests!

Seems like only yesterday when we posted about our continued efforts to help you find your song. We’re not ready to make our big announcement yet, but we can tell you that we’ve made significant changes on the back end to get ready a change. Before we revisit the song suggestion tool for those of you who are new to Musicnotes, here’s the Top Five most requested songs that are now available on Musicnotes.com. These are songs that YOU asked for, and are now available through our site for the US and Canada. One Pair of Hands by Carroll Roberson Never Say Never by The Fray Where the Story Ends
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Musicnotes.com Sells Five-Millionth Download; Growth Continues In 2009

Madison, WI – March 12, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that it recently sold its five-millionth download since the site first launched (1999). The five-millionth download was a Guitar Guru Session of Don McClean’s “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and was sold to a customer in Germany. Musicnotes also announced today its sales growth continues in 2009.  “We have seen some moderation in our rate of growth as the recession has deepened,” indicated Chairman and CFO Tim Reiland, “however our current growth rate remains strong at 20 percent year-over-year.” One area where growth has actually accelerated for Musicnotes is its Guitar Guru product
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Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Wins Musicnotes.com Song of the Year Award

Madison, WI – February 24, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that songwriter Leonard Cohen, and music publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing, are the recipients of the seventh annual Musicnotes Song of the Year Award for the song, “Hallelujah.” The Musicnotes Song of the Year Award is presented each year to the songwriter and publisher of the best-selling sheet music for a song made popular in the previous calendar year. In 2008, that song was “Hallelujah.” “Hallelujah” has an interesting song history, as the song was originally released in 1984 by Leonard Cohen. In 2008, the song had a dramatic resurgence in popularity for
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How to Review Sheet Music on Musicnotes.com

Did you know that Musicnotes.com customers can review the sheet music they’ve purchased on our site? Sheet music reviews can be pretty subjective, because musicians and singers might have different levels of proficiency. That’s one of the reasons why we designed the reviews the way we did. Customers can score sheet music based on its difficulty, the quality of the arrangement and its accuracy. Combined with the ability to add personal comments, these star ratings offer a great perspective on the downloadable sheet music we have on our site before you purchase them. Take a look at the customer sheet music reviews for the song, “Viva La Vida.” The “reviews
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Musicnotes on the Scene in 2008

Earlier this month, we reflected on all the things we’ve done this past year for our customers and music fans everywhere. Our marketing director was kind enough to pop by and talk about these efforts in this post entitled, “2008: Highlights from Musicnotes.com. We’ve also took a look at what your favorite songs were from 2008, and found some interesting examples of how great songs are truly timeless. In addition to all the things we strive to do for you, our customers and fans of music, we also support the songwriter whenever we can. To this end, we started seeking out songwriter interviews so you could learn a little bit
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Announcing the December YouPerform Contest Winner

We are thrilled to announce that fourteen-year old Daniel was the winner of Musicnotes.com YouPerform contest for December. Performing a challenging Nutcracker Medley, Daniel arranged the selections from The Nutcracker for the organ. Let’s listen to Daniel as he talks about his love for the organ and a bit about his musical background. I arranged the music for the organ and performed it on my Allen Home Organ. I love Theatre Organ and wanted to give the medley a Theatre ending so the last part is my own special arrangement. The organ is more versatile than a piano and the the different sounds and pedals that I chose made the
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