I am a high school music teacher that loves to keep on top of current trends in the top 40. I also enjoy listening to upcoming bands and finding hidden gems on soundtracks that no one else may have heard. This is especially good for introducing my students to new sounds for analysis. With the invention of streaming audio and in particular RDIO (my preference), Pandora and SPOTIFY. I thought that I would blog a few tips for creating an online album that people will check out in its entirety.
Track 1: In this day and age it should be a killer - 'the single'. I hate having to search new bands online album for the single and in this day and age it should be right in the 21st Century listeners face (or ears). It should be a tune that says 'this is our band! This is what you are going to get."
Most people will always click on the first track of a new artists album. In the first week of its release it is always the one that seems to get the most hits with streaming audio sites.
Track 2: should not be too much different to the first track but it may be slightly less catchy or not as commercial.
Track 3: This could be the artistic one or even a filler. But it must still be relevant.
Track 4: has to bring the listener back to what it knew before. It needs to relate to the first few tunes.
For the rest of the album you can tease and experiment with your listener but somewhere down the album track listing needs to be a well placed 'gem'.
In say an 8 track album track 7 would be important.
Track 8 could also be anthemic.
Just my thoughts and opinions on marketing your music in 2014.