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This tells me that social means nothing if you can't bring people out to show's. Lofty numbers may get you press coverage and possibly agencies to look at you but at the end of the day you will be exposed when you can't bring people out to shows because you're "fans" aren't legitimate.

Clyde Erwin Barretto

He's no PSY that's for sure.


Buying a few views to get your video to trend on youtube is a bad thing in my book and if your work is good it will catch on.I would not buy more then 1 million plus I would play out and do all I can to get real fans.

Gail Browne-McDonald

Click on the "show more events" on the You Tube stats for "All I'm Gonna Say" and you see:
H. First view from ad
Sep 1, 2011 - 482,813 views

(out of a total of 637,256)


I think that it's obvious you can't buy fans. But apparently you can buy attention, which is why I think this is about people using music to try to sneak in advertising. I don't think this particular story is at all about the music.

On the other hand, I think the cost and just impossibility of being able to go on tours for alot of independent musicians is another reality.

So while I think that's the best way to connect with fans, maybe there are other ways to get real fans that we aren't looking at?

I don't know, just a thought...


Social means something, I think. Because social networking isn't just 'liking' on Facebook or following or getting views. What most musicians I think are too close minded to consider is the same thing that probably caused this guy in the story to not draw fans, which is connection.

Playing live is about connection. But you need a fan base first and you need money if you're gonna tour.

But who says you can't connect in a similar way online? I think we're still in the dark ages as far as learning how to really connect with fans, we still have our guard up, so we can't get legitimate fans even if we get 'likes' or 'follows' or 'views'...


I wanted to say I don't think it's a bad thing to buy a few views to get you video going on YouTube

I'm not mad at the guy on anyone else
By any means get heard
If you buy some views and YouTube puts your video on the homepage your trending
That will put your video in front of a lot of people who may turn into real fans
That's how a lot of rap guys do it and it's working
But yeah!
Still and always play out get emails and kiss babies lol



My buddy sold some views to rihanna lol...

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