#SingtopiaTurns4 Anniversary Post

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Many of you already know about the largest Sing! oriented group on Facebook, known as Singtopia! Singtopia has been with us since the beginning with the mission to connect, engage and empower singers all around the world in one place. Over the 4 years, Singtopia has done so much to keep their community engaged – and they do it exceptionally well. Celebrating groups in Sing!, hosting frequent contests, featuring international communities, answering FAQ, and more!

Today, and the next two weeks, we will celebrate the members who make Singtopia the wonderful community it is today, and the admins who built it. Singtopia is serving over 8,000 singers, which has doubled since their last anniversary. The community is growing. Each person has to be approved by an admin, or suggested by a friend making the community a tight group of people with the same vision.

Over the past year Singtopia has developed and up kept many programs, making their group so successful and fun – so stay engaged and active in Singtopia! Take a look at the some of the fun things they have done in the past year:

  • Annual huge Halloween Contest
  • Anniversary and 12 Days of Christmas celebration, which includes prizes and features
  • Contributors in Smule Picks weekly challenge and partner artist program
  • Coffee Talk LIVE with Adrian was created to reach out to members and get to know them a little better!
  • Singtopia International Mixers provide members the opportunity to sing with others globally to create amazing multi-lingual collaborations.
  • Hidden Gem Program continues to seek out Undiscovered Talent within the Sing! Community.

So much ongoing engagement, so what will their focus be next and where do they plan to grow? Maria, Co-creator, says, “As we move into our 4th year in Singtopia, community engagement and programming have been a huge focus. Welcoming new members to a mix of amazing talent, young and old and to have a chance to experience a fun, lively, active community is what Singtopia is all about! Singtopia is a community where members can share their music, participate in fun activities and events and make Sing! friends from all across the globe!”

So, where Singtopia will expect to grow in the next year:

  • Community Songbook involvement with some amazing upcoming programs
  • Singtopia Feature Program Revamp
  • New Singtopia Musician’s Lounge Programming

singtopia admins

Celebrate the admins and sing with them! 

CO-CREATORS:

Adrian Sings 

https://www.smule.com/c/32566920_1224650018

Maria Sings 

https://www.smule.com/c/38921942_1227706637

Nikki Nemeyer 

https://www.smule.com/c/40094873_1229132183

THE ADMIN TEAM:

Elyss Nieves 

https://www.smule.com/c/41544427_1227633952

Priscilla Meseret 

https://www.smule.com/c/128525896_1228270163

Clare Holmes

https://www.smule.com/c/355092328_1226318632

Vince Jacob 

https://www.smule.com/c/62048938_1225254336

Candace Roy 

(coming soon)

Ruben Santos 

https://www.smule.com/c/50112195_1229721259

 

Community quotes on Singtopia:

“The Singtopia admins are one of the most dedicated groups of volunteers I have ever seen.To moderate such a large group is a bigger undertaking than most people realize, their commitment is unparalleled and their devotion continues to enhance the overall community.” – @Chanticleer

“With thousands of members in Singtopia the admin team does an amazing job at supporting us and making us know that our voices and performances are heard. I couldn’t ask for a better admin team! They’re all so incredible!” – @HashtagKarenag

“I have never had much interaction with Maria but Adrian is awesome! I met him the first time I met shevonn in 2015 and I’ve got to say that he is just one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Extremely giving individual. Always seems to be helping others and continuing the atmosphere of acceptance on the app. I really need to see him again sometime soon” – @IronPudding

“The Admins are great! They contribute greatly to the Sing Community by maintaining a positive, clean, and inclusive way for all levels of users to communicate freely in an organized, yet fun environment. This group is great for users seeking guidance and helpful advice on anything Smule related.” – @HoustonAndrews

“I love our Singtopia admins! I always see them out supporting, loving and commenting on users and they are always quick to respond to questions and help. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already! Cheers and congrats, Singtopia!” -@ALimone_SR

 

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Your Smule Name Is Your Voice

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Author: Tamara Hope
We have all joined Smule:Sing for a variety of reasons.  Some of us joined as an escape from home and work responsibilities, some to get over their fear of performing in front of an audience. Many of us have joined to be part of a music community, to learn from other musicians, make friends with other musicians and to create amazing music with other musicians.  There are some singers on the app that have hopes and dreams of becoming a “famous” or “renowned” singer.  There are also those that are here for all of the above.  No matter where you may lay on the Smule spectrum, we are all here because we want to be heard.
 
That leads me into the very important topic of branding yourself as a singer.  If having a following or a fan base is not important to you, then this topic will not really matter much, but, if you here for any type of serious recognition, listen up!
 
Your name is EVERYTHING!  Because each singer is unique, it’s harder to try to explain a singer with adjectives.
 
“You know, the girl who has the soft tone, with a little bit of a rasp and great runs?”
 
That describes about a billion singers.  It’s all in the name.  Your name sells and defines you.
 
So, how do you make your brand name work for you?  The number one thing that needs to happen is that you make your brand consistent.  Social media is everything in the music world these days.  We have eliminated almost all analogue music and have gone digital. When, someone is seeking you as a musician they will “Google” your name or throw your name into a search engine.  This is why consistency is by far the most important way to make your musical name work.  You have to make your user name consistent throughout social media.
 
The second most important rule is that you make your name memorable.  Calling yourself “alpha128942onesong343green” is not going to stick.  I have already forgotten the first number, let alone the rest of the name.  This can be a challenge when you are competing with millions of other people for names.  Sometimes an underscore can easily help you pass this barrier.
 
Here is the unfortunate truth in the entertainment industry: Many performers looking for managers, agents or record deals have run into a new challenge.  They are looking for people that have already been working hard to self-promote.  You could be the greatest singer on earth, but without a following or fan base you are useless to them.  These professionals want to hire someone they think will be able to make them money.  They want to know that if they produced a product for you (album, music video, TV show, etc.) that you would automatically have buyers.
 
Many of my friends in the industry have lost out on roles because they were Googled by managers/producers/agents, only to find that they were unsearchable or that they had a minimal Intagram/Facebook/YouTube following.  This is the common trend and it is no longer a secret.
 
Branding yourself takes hard work and diligence, but an easy step in the process is to simply find a name that you would make you searchable, a name that will make us remember you, a name that we can seek no matter where we are, a name that is easy to remember.
 
Good luck Smulers! I hope this helps!!!
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#SmulePickParty is This Weeks Theme

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#SmulePickParty is This Weeks Theme

Happy Friday, Smuleans!

For newcomers, Smule Picks is a curated playlist of Smule’s favorite performances from the Sing! community based on a theme each week. Any community member can add the weekly Smule Picks hashtag to his or her recording description for a chance to be featured in this playlist, which we publish every Friday. And since today is Friday, it’s time to unveil a brand new playlist for this past week’s theme and announce the next one!

This week’s Featured Smule Picks playlist was based on the theme: Nostalgia. Check out the playlist right now on Smule or open up the Sing! Karaoke app and tap on the Hot Performances screen.

Selections from #SmulePickNostalgia Playlist

Enter Your #SmulePickParty Recording!

This coming week’s theme is: SmulePickParty! Here’s what you have to do for a chance to be featured in our Smule Picks playlist next week:

1) We like to party, party! Show us how you party!

2) Add the hashtag#SmulePickNostalgia!

3) Upload your recording by the deadline on Thursday, April 20th, at noon PST.

 

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LG Invites You to Sing “Jealous” with Nick Jonas on Smule

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LG is excited to be collaborating with Nick Jonas on a new contest kicking off today! Join the #SingwithLG contest for a chance to meet Nick in person and win up to $5000 in LG products.

Nick Jonas: you may know him as the singer-songwriter and pop sensation in The Jonas Brothers or as the actor in the Disney series, Jonas, and Disney movie, Camp Rock. He’s also known for his 2014 solo album, Nick Jonas, which landed in the top 10 of Billboard’s top 200 list. More recently, he co-founded the record label, Safehouse Records, and released his album, Last Year Was Complicated (2016), the highest peaking entry as a solo artist! Go Nick!

Some fun facts about Nick:

  1. He was homeschooled
  2. He began performing on Broadway when he was eight
  3. He helped develop Change for Children Foundation – a charity to help raise awareness and money for kids with diabetes

#SINGWITHLG Contest

Starting this Friday, April 21, you can sing with Nick Jonas on the Sing! Karaoke by Smule app and enter for a chance to meet him in person and win a new LG G6® smartphone and LG Home Entertainment System (total value over $5,000).

Contest Dates:

4/21: Contest entry opens

5/12: Contest entry closes

5/19: Winner announced

Entering is simple.

  1. Download the Sing! Karaoke by Smule app.
  2. Join Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” duet.
  3. Record your version of “Jealous” and post it on Smule.
  4. Save the video.
  5. Copy the link and visit SingWithLG.com to submit.
  6. ENTER HERE!

Grand prize winner:

  1. Win a new LG G6 smartphone and LG Home Entertainment System (over $5,000 worth of premium LG products)
  2. A personal meet & greet with Nick himself!

Sing “Jealous” with Nick Jonas on Smule

 

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The Singing Songbird Competition Season 2

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The Singing Songbird Competition Season 2

We are back! The Singing Songbird Competition is now on its second season in Smule Sing App. REGISTRATIONSTARTS APRIL 17, 2017.

After the huge success of Season 1, SSC is back to deliver once again a high quality competition. We bring with us the solid organization and optimized structure we implemented last year. Based on that foundation, we offer a new set of challenges and a new format for this season that will surely give the talented musicians in the Smule community the opportunity to shine and learn something new. Whether you are an expert in a specific music genre or you just want to explore a new corner of music, we assure you that we will have great themes as we go through this season.

The staff members of SSC are very talented singers, many of which are winners or finalists in different Smule competitions. Their experience in singing contests affords quality judging. We also have professional musicians on our team, their wide array of experience will bring forth quality, well balanced judging. The combined talents of the staff members will definitely give you a great contest and the chance to gain something from their individual music expertise.

Similar to last season, we will give a cash prize to the winner. With the support from Smule, we will also give prizes to the finalists. We will also do continue the tradition of a Smule recording for the finalists together with the Season 2 judges.

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#SmulePickNostalgia is This Weeks Theme

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#SmulePickNostalgia is This Weeks Theme

Happy Friday, Smuleans!

For newcomers, Smule Picks is a curated playlist of Smule’s favorite performances from the Sing! community based on a theme each week. Any community member can add the weekly Smule Picks hashtag to his or her recording description for a chance to be featured in this playlist, which we publish every Friday. And since today is Friday, it’s time to unveil a brand new playlist for this past week’s theme and announce the next one!

This week’s Featured Smule Picks playlist was based on the theme: Slow Jam. Check out the playlist right now on Smule or open up the Sing! Karaoke app and tap on the Hot Performances screen.

Selections from #SmulePickSlowDance Playlist

Enter Your #SmulePickNostalgia Recording!

This coming week’s theme is: SmulePickNostalgia! Here’s what you have to do for a chance to be featured in our Smule Picks playlist next week:

1) Sing and/or act a favorite song of yours that brings up a special memory

2) Add the hashtag#SmulePickNostalgia!

3) Upload your recording by the deadline on Thursday, April 20th, at noon PST.

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