In a surprising move from someone as famous as the lead singer of Big Time Rush, Kendall Schmidt’s new band, Heffron Drive, has released their new single “Parallel” independently!

The single is available worldwide thanks to TuneCore Music Distribution, so you can easily grab the song on iTunes. I don’t foresee any issues with getting the music out there. It just makes you take notice.

You ask yourself, “what’s the future of music distribution?”

If you remember, I wrote about everything that TuneCore can do for an artist. And it’s pretty darn spectacular. So, for an artist/entrepreneur like Schmidt, who can certainly generate headlines in his own right, it makes total sense.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with TuneCore for the release of ‘Parallel,'” stated Schmidt. “Reflecting my hopeless romantic side, this song is very personal to me – so it’s especially important that I can ‘own’ my work while still getting it out to my fans worldwide. TuneCore lets me do that in a way no label can.”

From both a legal and a sentimental perspective, it sounds like he will retain more rights to the music this way, and he won’t be at the mercy of a record label. (Side note: When someone uses the phrase “at the mercy of the label,” the allure of signing to a major label doesn’t sound too appealing anymore does it?)

You can read the full post and interview, all on the TuneCore blog. You’ll also see Kendall Schmidt’s top 3 tips for an independent artist looking to grow his or her career.

Personally I’m excited to see how well this trend catches on. Obviously labels still make sense for some artists, but it’s great to have other options!

What do you think about independent music distribution these days? Is it the wave of the future? Chime in in the comments below!


This post was created in partnership with eAccountable to spread the latest news from TuneCore. All opinions and musings on the state of the music industry are my own.

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