Lana Del Ray was once Lizzy Grant
Lana Del Ray was once Lizzy Grant
How to Score the Next BIG Hit: 5 Marketing Tips From Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop”
With over 7 million copies sold, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” is one of the highest selling singles of the past few years.
But WHY was the song such a huge success?
And what can you learn from it if you want to score the NEXT big hit?
Here are 5 key insights:
1. It’s A Single
Did you know Thrift Shop was the 5th in a series of singles released from The Heist?
The first single was “My Oh My” (released December 2010). It completely failed to chart. About a month later came “Wing$” (released January 2011), but it didn’t really catch on either. Then, “Can’t Hold Us” (released August 2011) as the third, and a year later “Same Love” (released July 2012) as the 4th single…
…but it wasn’t until AFTER “Thrift Shop” (released August 2012) blew up in October of 2012, that the previous songs climbed the charts, too.
So what’s the lesson? Release and promote a series of individual songs. And: If it’s not a hit, switch. Don’t keep pushing a song that’s not getting any traction on its own. Keep releasing new songs until one catches on.
2. It’s Different
If you don’t want to drown in the sea of new releases, the first challenge for any (new) artist is: How do you stand out?
The simple answer: Be different.
"Thrift Shop" IS different: It’s an ode to resourcefulness and getting fabulous even when you can’t afford to touch the luxury items that rappers usually talk about.
In fact, it’s the exact OPPOSITE.
The lesson: If you want to get noticed, don’t do what everyone else is doing. Dare to be different. You will alienate some, but connect more with others - and that’s what matters in the end.
3. It’s Fun
As Jonah Berger shows in his book "Contagious: Why Things Catch On" (affiliate), funny stories are among the most likely to go viral (because humor is a high-arousal, positive emotion, which makes it highly shareable).
And “Thrift Shop” IS a fun song… about a “controversial”, but not-so-serious topic:
Whether you are a thrifty-hipster or not, it’s safe to have an opinion and fun to “argue” about it.
So, remember: Even if your music isn’t comical, don’t take yourself too serious. Make sure it’s fun to talk about your music, if you want anyone to share it.
4. It’s An Anthem
Thrift Shop is not just a song - it’s an anthem.
Why? Because the song is a symbol that captures the ACTUAL cultural phenomenon of the cash-strapped hipster (by choice or not), on the hunt for vintage clothes.
Here’s the good news: If you want your song to become an anthem, too, you don’t need to start a whole new movement.
All you need to do is draft behind a trend that’s ALREADY happening within the audience you want to reach.
Write a concept song with a clear and focused message, and you’ll have a better chance of it becoming an huge hit like Thrift Shop.
5. It’s Visual
With “Thrift Shop”, the song’s message doesn’t just come across through the music and lyrics:
The music video (currently at over 430 million views on You Tube!) communicates the song’s concept visually: It’s fun, different and out-there, and captures what the song is all about.
In todays online world (where everyone’s attention span is short), using stunning, extraordinary visuals to go along with your music is crucial.
If you want your next song to be a big hit - or at least more successful than your previous song - don’t skimp on the visuals.
…no that doesn’t seem off at all *cough cough
The customer is always right, Samsung
Damage control is a tricky thing: One wrong move can make a small crisis exponentially worse. Such is the case for Samsung, which moved to suppress YouTube evidence that its Galaxy S4 smartphone can catch fire for no reason at all, only to have the original poster call the company out for it in a second video that received five times as many views as the first.
Samsung had itself to blame for the initial clip as well. In it, YouTuber ghostlyrich remarks that the company had demanded proof that his new phone was indeed defective before they would agree to replace it—they just didn’t expect him to share that evidence with the world. We get a few closeups of the charred and melted charging port, along with an alarming hypothetical: The battery could have exploded, resulting in a much worse fire.
Ghostlyrich soon received a settlement proposal from Samsung that promised he could exchange his fried phone for “a similar model,” but on several conditions. He would have to delete his YouTube video, promise not to upload similar material, officially absolve the company of all liability, waive his right to bring a lawsuit or other legal complaint, and never make the terms of this agreement public. A witness would also have to sign the form.
Sounds airtight, doesn’t it? But Samsung didn’t anticipate that ghostlyrich would twist the knife by conveying to his subscribers what steps the manufacturer was taking to brush a serious safety concern under the rug. Now almost half a million people have seen that Samsung won’t provide the services outlined in their warranty until you sign some more rights away.
That should be a valuable lesson to businesses everywhere: You may be able to get away with selling a product that burns a few apartments down, but trying to censor whomever publicly complains about it will provide a crash course in the Streisand effect.
Oh, well—when does the S5 come out?
thou shall not pass, dog
I read the article and I have a couple things to say. Most formally the idea that Disney and the corporations “gentrified them.”
First, I think...