album review request

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How can one request a review of an album that's listed in ALLMUSIC? Just like the one below (link):
https://www.allmusic.com/album/shade-...
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Carlo Chapelle

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Posted 2 years ago

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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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Hi Carlo,

Our music data provider TiVo tries to review as many CDs as possible, but they can't make any promises about which titles will receive this level of enhanced editorial coverage. Resource constraints make it necessary for them to prioritize work based on factors such as the needs of the retailers and distributors who license their data.

I will say that the data entry and editorial teams are not large and they need to process thousands of albums each week just to stay on top of the releases from major labels and the main distributors. 

As a DIY musician it may be tough to hear, but the team at TiVo has limited resources to cover everything that comes at them, and in order to provide full editorial coverage to the larger releases that come out, sometimes it can take a while for smaller independent or non-distributed music to get covered (if at all). If the editors need to decide whether to cover the new Kendrick Lamar album or review a digital submission from a first-time musician with 11 Facebook fans and 53 plays on Spotify, they're going to have to focus on Kendrick.

I guess if I were to give advice around how to best get your album rated/reviewed and your artist profile completed with an editorial biography, similar artists, group members and everything, your best bet is to record a terrific album, have it commercially pressed up with cool artwork and complete liner notes, play a bunch of shows, get a bunch of fans, sell a bunch of records, get yourself on the Billboard charts, generate a bunch of buzz and your band will be brought to the attention of the editorial staff. It sounds a bit snarky but there honestly isn't a speakeasy side door where if you bake a writer a batch of brownies then they'll write your bio for you.

If you are a musician with a ton of fans and sellout shows and have made yourself known on the indie circuits, it can't hurt to send a kindly-worded email to content.music@tivo.com and let them know of: 
  • Your album sales/track streams
  • Your social media following
  • The number of user reviews and user ratings that have been added to AllMusic.com for your album
  • Awards you've won
  • Notable bands with whom you've played
  • The famous engineer who recorded your album or guest musicians that people may have heard of
and anything else that you think will indicate that the music audience at large would be interested in you.


If you do go down this path, know two things:


1. Please include factual information about you/your band, influences, similar artists, birthplace and birthdate/date formed, group members and what instruments they play, links to social media and to where they can hear your music for themselves. The editors never just copy and paste a bio from a musician or PR firm into the database, so keep in mind they'll need to know the facts to be able to compose their own biography.


2. Please note that even if you feel as though you may fit all of the qualifications of an up-and-coming indie musician, the editors still may not have the bandwidth to give you the full level of coverage.  The same writers who write the bios are the ones reviewing albums, assigning album picks and track picks, assigning genres, styles, moods, themes and there simply isn't enough time in the day to cover everything that comes out.


Hope this helps.
Zac