Today I’m going to talk business-y! As anyone who has listened to any of my music could tell you, it’s obvious I don’t make music to make money. I make music for myself. But through digital distribution statistics, I can see what songs are streamed and sold more than others. And it’s all pretty interesting.
As far as sales go, it’s easy to see that the songs I had in Rock Band sell more than any other songs. The fact that they were in Rock Band is probably the reason why they have sold as well as they have, but I suppose it’s possible that they sell better because they are the catchier, easier-to-listen-to songs, which is why I put them in Rock Band. So it’s hard to say, but I’m leaning towards the fact that they’re in Rock Band is why they sell decently on Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp, etc.
Spotify streams are a different story. Those Rock Band songs tend to not get streamed more than the others. My top performing Spotify songs are “Let It Go” and “Pretty Little Ditty.” Now, I wrote “Let It Go” years before that Frozen movie came out, but I’m pretty sure that’s why that song gets streamed as much as it does. I mean, it’s easily my most streamed song on Spotify. “Pretty Little Ditty” is pretty popular too. For the longest time I wasn’t sure why that one was getting streamed, but last week I happened to notice a Red Hot Chili Peppers song by the same name. And that’s why I think it gets as many streams as it does. But I wasn’t aware of that song, so I didn’t intentionally rip off their title.
Then there’s “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic.” It’s probably the third most streamed song of mine. I don’t know if it’s because “alcoholic” is in the title, because it appears as a single and as a track on an album, or what. Maybe it’s a little bit of all those things. I don’t know.
YouTube views are a different beast altogether. There are way more Spotify streams and YouTube views, which surprises me a little bit. But if I were to guess, I would have said the songs that were being played would be similar. And if I were to guess, I would be wrong. I’m pretty sure the top performing song on YouTube is “XXX 666.” I would like to think it was getting played purely because it’s a pretty awesome song, but realistically, it’s just because of the title. People are searching for “XXX” apparently. I don’t know. Or maybe there’s a band out there that has a song with the same name. I hope not, because I thought it was a pretty clever title that I came up with.
On a related note, someone bought “Hotter Than a Mothereffer” multiple times on Bandcamp. Like, the same e-mail address paid for it 3 times, I think. I thought that was kind of funny. I mean, it’s a cool song, and I appreciate the support, but you only really needed to buy it once.
Anyway, I think it might be informative to how future songs of mine perform based on their titles. Apparently people are more likely to listen to songs relating to alcohol and erotic/devilish things. My goal isn’t to make money, but picking more searchable song titles could be something I should think about in the future.