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Post #1: Idol Has Much More 4 U in 2014!


…I hope to be releasing my EP *Divine Social*. DS is a major milestone in my career, from a personal standpoint: It’s in a way an example of my growing maturity as an artist. Continue reading

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Post #2: *Tributes*: To Be Released September 2014


In September 2014, singer/songwriter/producer Sharron-Idol is to release her mini-album *Tributes*, consisting of 8 tracks. It isn’t packed full of tributes to various artists; nor is it cover-versions. It consists of tracks written in tribute to the success of 2 artists who are particularly unique.
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Post #3: Idol News: July 2014 Re-issue


A re-issue of yesterday’s copy of July 2014 Idol News – with amendments. This re-issue replaces the published original issue of 11.07 2014. Continue reading

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Post #4: Idol News: July 2014


What’s going on in Idolville in late Summer 2014? – Things appear a bit quiet recently. – Here is a message from Sharron-Idol herself. Continue reading

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Post #5: Paying Tribute to Talented Artists


Idol seems to have an inbuilt talent-radar, and she likes to pay tribute to those that she spots in terms of assistance if possible, and music. Continue reading

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Post #6: Becky Hill, My Inspiration, Is Rightfully At Number One!


Becky Hill, the artist who inspires me more than anyone else, has made it to Number 1. – Congratulations! Continue reading

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Post #7: Idol’s Gone Quiet…


No, just assessing the future, sorting things out. ‘See strategy in relation to career is important: Here’s how I see it + the latest Idol news… Continue reading

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Post #8: Artists: Please AVOID Using Free Websites > They Make You Look Sucky!


Are you an artist who wants to get to the top FREE? News = You can’t; but this article is for you and any other artist using a free website. Continue reading

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Idol Has Much More 4 U in 2014!


“Yay; a post! – We thought this blog was dead…”

Wrong: I was working on two extremely important aspects of this business, namely music, and also business itself… Oh ‘long story. – I won’t bore you with the detail… No not even if you insist, because it’s all something of nothing on the business side.

- On the music side, however, things are nicely sorted: I’ve already announced the release of my *Tributes* mini-album on 15th September 2014; and that’s a defo. The good news is that there will be yet another release from me between then and Christmas. – ‘More on that further down.

‘Speaking of Christmas; since I just mentioned it in the last paragraph, I take it you’re aware that I have a number of Christmas releases, most of which you can use and re-use, copy and remix even in some cases if the mood takes you. – Yeah they’re on you tube and they’re either on a Creative Commons licence or, in a few cases, they’re modified third-party content… Yes; you tube are fully aware of that: For instance the tune *Jingle Bells*; I put a beat to it, and subsequently discovered that somebody had already copyrighted the familiar Christmas tune. I put a beat to a lot more Christmas tunes too; I even created derivatives of non-copyrighted tunes, such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – which I totally re-vamped and named *God Rest Ye Merry Dubsteppers*. (Unlike some artists – who I’m not too happy with – I don’t grab hold of an old in-use all-time-seasonal-favourite and assign my own copyright to it: Christmas tunes are for Christmas, not for my exploitation.) In fact – to prove the point – I created my own Christmas Carol in 2013 and published it under a Creative Commons Licence so that anyone can use it, play it, sing it, enjoy it, remix it even, in the Festive Season any year. It’s called *Idol Carol* and the you tube URL is linked. The other Christmas tunes I murdered, + a couple or 3 I put together in some way, are in an album, again on you tube, called *Idol Carols* – in which there is the original of *Rave Wave2* – which I changed the mix of somewhat and will be releasing it on the *Tributes* mini-album.

What happens after *Tributes* is released? – Well I don’t have anything definite, as in ‘set in stone’ yet; but between September and Christmas 2014 I very much hope to be releasing my EP *Divine Social*. Divine Social is a major milestone in my career, from a personal standpoint: It’s in a way a culmination of sorts of everything I’ve learnt since I released *On With the Show: The Album* in 2013, and an example of my growing maturity as an artist. What does it contain?

Divne Social: Suggested (Not Final) Cover-ArtIt contains 4 tracks; the first of which is a track which was originally destined to be sent to Inkubus Sukkubus for their consideration of using it as one of their songs… And they may indeed still do that if they like it, as I’m releasing the track myself on this EP in adapted form from the original version – which was for the rock genre. I adapted it to my new glam punk genre, and I get the feeling you’ll love it: It’s not just the music of 2 sets of drums, 2 synths, and 2 bass guitars with a recommendation of 2 lead guitars: It also has the music of nature in it: Not happy tweety birdsong but literal undertones of the music of nature’s fury. The song is called *Wrath of Thor*. – I think you might catch my drift.

In chords of C# with A# & Am, the electric guitar intro is over a minute long, accompanied by the sounds of nature, panic, explosion… Building up to the first extended-verse, which breaks straight into the chorus, the second extended verse, and into the double-chorus, to the sound of multiple fast-strumming electric guitars, and into a guitar-frenzy in which all drums and guitars play, joined toward the end by the synths – all accompanied in the main part by the howling wind in the background and the odd rumble of thunder. I don’t want to give too much away but I do want to give you some idea of the speciality of this 5 minute & 28-second piece.

Next on the *Divine Social* EP is… You might have already heard a bad production of a shortened version of this track if you follow my Facebook fan page: It’s called *Facebook Games*.

I loathe Facebook games as much as Jeremy Clarkson hates the environment; more than that even. The track is a piece of electronica with lyrics written as an admonishment to a youth who appears addicted to playing Facebook games.

The third track is an instrumental piece of DnB electronica. – After all, what is a Sharron-Idol EP/album without at least one instrumental track. I love singing, but I also like to allow the music to do the talking; as it definitely does in this piece. *Through The Looking Glass* is a tune in which the music says it all.

Finally, a short piece of lyricised electronica, originally composed as a promotional song for the social network. Twitter are extremely difficult to contact, and even harder to get a reply out of: I eventually gave up and just published anyway.  – ‘Fuck ‘em; I’m not jumping through hoops to get them to eventually bother to say “no”, probably without even reading the lyrics or hearing the tune. – They missed out; but let this be proof that I can write a promotional tune for a company if I wish to. – I even called it *Twitter*.

All this is being released in, probably, November 2014. – No release date has yet been set. – In fact the final drafts have only recently been completed.

Before all that, in September, get your listening lug-holes out and try out *Tributes*. If you haven’t seen the pre-release promo-video then you can find a link here.

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This is, in a way, an important article; and I want people to see it, read it, and take note – hence the reason I’m paying to promote it on Facebook; particularly via my Facebook fan page. I’ve tried not to ramble on too much, and to get to the point. If no-one reads it then it might, in a way, appear that I’m trying to disappear; which is in fact the last thing I want people to think.

I suppose I’d better start by saying that this is a difficult article to find the right kind of illustration to go with it. – So you’ll have to just read and not worry about the lack of pictures… Oh all right then, if you insist; but it has nothing to do with the subject material as such…

My photoshoot set in Idol City on Habbo Hotel... I did say it had nothing to do with the article didn't I?There was once a time, not long ago, when artists and other companies could stay in touch with their customers and fans without penalty of any kind on Facebook. Indeed Facebook became such a viable platform for doing so that it virtually killed MySpace and all the musicians and others migrated over to Facebook. As a result Facebook became huge and MySpace became, well, dead.

But Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook controllers noticed this and wondered how they could further commercialise this to their advantage. – That’s fair enough: It’s their business, and the objective of any business model is to provide product and to make money in doing so. A business either grows or it shrinks. Unless one can come up with new ideas and implement them successfully the business will die, or at least fade, as happened to MySpace. MySpace did react to their predicament, but it was all too little too late: If a ship is sinking and the passengers have evacuated into life rafts and maybe have been picked up by another ship; mending the damage on site of the near disaster and righting the vessel – even going as far as kitting it out with all the latest finery – won’t get the original passengers to return, come back on board, and finish their journey. – They will have sailed off into the sunset with whichever vessel picked them up, or drifted on the tides for ages until rescued. They won’t sit there waiting in a lifeboat a few hundred feet to the starboard of a vessel that is slowly sinking and listing to port just in case everything is put right eventually.

So Zuck and the Facebook crew came up with a way to get the new ‘passengers’ who had joined the Facebook ‘cruise’ to part with their buck and to pay their way – in the hope that they’d make Facebook richer in doing so: ‘Standard business practice. The problem is the way in which this new money-maker was implemented as well as the scheme itself: Coming up with the lame-duck excuse of

“[We’ve decided that] our users are getting bombarded with unwanted adverts; so to remedy this we’re going to charge advertisers to bombard people with unwanted adverts in order to alleviate this.”

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  • A pointless scheme – from a customer perspective – that will do nothing but financially penalise advertisers and other users who RELY on the exposure they are currently getting from the spreading of their message.
  • A snide and badly presented scheme to part users with their buck in order to ensure that Facebook’s’ profits increase to cover the loss in company value incurred by their falling share price since flotation, one that smacks of scam and dishonesty due to the way it was presented.

And the upshot of all this is that the ‘passengers’ notice that the crew have created a weakness in the ‘hull of the Good Ship Facebook’ and consequentially they start jumping overboard and manning the life-rafts.

All this business-like-talk isn’t really getting to the point I’m trying to make here; but at least it’s set the scene: I’m sorry that I was rather long-winded in doing so.

The long and the short of it is this: Once upon a time I could advertise anything on Facebook and everyone would see it. Now I have to pay to advertise anything on Facebook, as when I just post something about 20 to 40 people actually see it. Why? Because Facebook withhold it until I pay them, and the more I pay Facebook the more  people see my post.

- Now the above is fine IF I am quite rich financially and if at least 1 in 10 people respond to my adverts by purchasing or reposting/’liking’ my post. This scenario throws up 2 problems though: -

  • I’m not “quite rich”; that was a while back and unfortunately for me it didn’t last.
  • A 1 in 10 response-rate is the very best response-rate anyone can hope for in a scenario such as this.

- So for Facebook’s new model to work fully in the customers’ favour the customer has to be both rich and lucky. – That’s me out on both counts: I DO pay a little for advertising though, and it does have some effect, although to a limited extent. As my fan-base grows I’ll have to pay more to reach all my fans, and unless every fan of mine on Facebook purchases every release I sell as a result, I’m just going to end up out of pocket; or with a large fan base and no money to live on.

So as you note I’ve seen the weakness in the hull of the Good Ship Facebook myself; but does that mean that I should start heading towards the life-rafts ready to abandon ship? No. To do so would be disadvantageous to me and disloyal to my followers. I have fans on Facebook who have indicated by becoming my fans that they want to hear from me, to listen to my releases, to read my spiel, etc.

The good thing is that there is another option: That smaller vessel which has been following us all the way from port is my blog; the very place in which you’re reading this article in full. On my blog I can post anything I want and have anyone I want read it, provided they are one of my ‘passengers’ or regulars. If the Good Ship Facebook starts sinking then there is room on my blog; The sharronidol.com, for all my fans and more. On my blog I’m the captain and I say what goes. – In this way I have a much better chance of creating a tailor-made positive experience for my followers, and it costs me what? Financially around $250 a year I would estimate. (Many hours annually in terms of time, but we’ll leave that out of the equation as it would be the same in terms of time if I were communicating solely via Facebook.) – I can reach ALL of my audience here for less than half of what I spend on Facebook to reach half of my audience. – In other words it costs me approximately 75% less to communicate via my blog – this website – than it does to communicate via Facebook.

There is one thing missing though: A lot of my fans are hanging out on Facebook only and never even visit this website. Possibly many of them don’t even know about it this website because I haven’t paid Facebook enough for my messages to reach them.

So here is what’s going to happen in future: I’ll be posting mainly on this website from now. I’ll be notifying my Facebook fans of my posts on here by means of Facebook, but the posts of these notifications will only appear on my page and in my feed. I won’t PAY for people to see them; so my fans are going to have to LOOK at my page and my feed sometimes – which they won’t mind doing if they truly are my fans. – Either that or be a ‘passenger’ on this ship as well as the Good Ship Facebook.

My ship is a commercial ship too; but the difference is I OFFER you the chance to purchase, rather than making it almost pointless being a ‘passenger’ if you don’t.

Music Trek - The Next DimensionOf course I want your money: I’m a business and I need to make an income; but if I realise that you don’t actually NEED my website any more than you actually NEED Facebook – You could always go elsewhere, there are plenty of places… – then I’ll have more chance of keeping you on board my ship than Facebook will. Facebook is too big anyway: It’ll eventually no longer be able to support buoyancy and sink under its own weight. – I’ll still be floating: I’m a much smaller vessel. I’m also not saboutaging myself by creating weaknesses in my hull.

I look forwards to welcoming you aboard.

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