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    The One Hit Wonder Curse; Can You Avoid It?

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    The One Hit Wonder Curse; Can You Avoid It?

    Let's face it, one hit wonders exist in music. While they may have come and gone, their impact is everlasting. Consider the GS Boyz 2008 viral dance record, "Stanky Leg" or Mark Morrison's 1996 smash hit "Return of the Mack." While released in different eras, both songs provide nostalgia any time you hear them. 


    Though one-hitters are essential to the culture, most people want more from their music career. While certain circumstances may make this inevitable, Viral Media Boost wants to help you avoid the one hit wonder curse as much as possible.

    What Is a "One Hit Wonder"

    A one hit wonder is an artist who achieved massive success with one single but could not garner the same response from future releases. In some cases, the artist chooses not to release a follow-up. 

    Being a one hit wonder can be tricky. In many cases, the massive hit could land the artist a record deal assuming that they will continue to recreate the magic. However, if an artist is unable to deliver another hit, they can find themselves stuck in a conflicted deal that can leave them shelved by a label.


    How to Avoid It

    There are several ways to avoid falling into the one hit wonder lane. First, be honest with yourself. Are you passionate about making music, or is it just a hobby for you? If you take your music seriously, then be consistent. The more quality music you release, the better your chances of landing another hit. However, it is important that you pay attention to the feedback of your hit record. This can help you get a better understanding of what fans want. 

    You can also dodge the one hit wonder title by keeping up with the latest trends. Keep up with the attest social media dance challenges and hashtags. Participating in these can keep you relevant. 

    Another way to avoid becoming a one-hitter quitter is by riding the success of your record. Many artists will wait months if not years to release their follow-up single, especially if their record was a hit. It is essential to allow your song to grow, but it's also key that you ride the wave of your record. Release your next tune shortly after your hit song begins catching some steam. With all eyes on you immediately following that release of your record, capitalize off of it. 


    Let's be clear, not everyone wants to be the next Kendrick Lamar or Eminem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you are a casual music maker, then you may be content with only landing one hit. 

    For artists trying to push their music into hit status, let Viral Media Boost help you with our multiple promotional services.