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The Multi-Platinum band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus would not have landed the record deal with Virgin Records without the coverage by Dean Cramer via Kings of A&R. (Spin Magazine)

“Dean Cramer of Kings of A&R has a golden ear for hearing potential in a new band. He’s been a huge supporter of ours since we started. And by posting about us on his blog several times it’s helped us to stand out from all the other bands and make a career out of our music.” – Freedom Fry (6 Million plays on Spotify, licensed songs for more than 30 TV spots.)

The Best Music Filter today is @kingsofar – Smash Mouth

“Before, Bob Lefsetz or Rolling Stone ever took note of me, Kings of A&R was already there. They were my very first press piece and if it weren’t for them, I know for a fact, I would not be where I am now. Because of Kings, I was discovered by Sony Records, Interscope and Lions Gate. Kings of A&R paves the way for discovery, giving the music industry and fans the chance to say, ‘I knew them first.’ – Shannon LaBrie (over 2 million Spotify Streams)

“I remember being in school and seeing the blog that Kings of A&R had written about me and my music. I was blown away. I almost screamed in my class when I read the line “In the realm of Adele”. Adele is one of my greatest inspirations and for the Kings of A&R to include me in the same breath as her is unbelievable. I will forever be grateful for that write up.” – Em Rossi (“Young Hearts,” Charted Top 5 in Five Countries With Nearly 3 Million Views)

I spent time with Dean at music industry conferences and he understands the changing music business and he is a game changer – songwriter/ record producer Andrew Lane (Hannah Montana, High School Musical)

Dean Cramer editor of the music site Kings of A&R tells CNN “young females are main consumers of songs therefore it is a good idea that record labels may want to tap into that audience.”


Hi, I’m Dean Cramer. I work in the area of the music business & Kings of A&R is my music blog. I started the blog in 1999, and it was the first of its kind in the industry. I’ve always committed myself to discover & write about new music. And most of all, I do not serve as a mouthpiece to any music company.

William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” That is true, but the stage has never been more crowded, and my goal is to expose new deserving artists to a meaningful audience including influencers and entertainment professionals as well as provide my own unique perspective on topics in popular culture.

It’s fairly common that I open my inbox and find an email from an artist that’s saying “thanks for the writing about us, we now have a meeting with an agent” or “Lady Gaga’s manager wants to have a meeting”, and “because of your feature, we just landed a song placement”.

Artists I have written about before they achieved mainstream success include The Killers, The Fray, One Republic, Twenty One Pilots, Capitol Cities, The Neighbourhood, and many others. There is saying around here “the artists you hear about now, are buzz artists here first”.

I write almost everyday, and you can follow me on Facebook, & Twitter, and Instagram make sure you don’t miss anything.

To get a feel of the site, the three main categories are Buzz Artists, Perspective, & Face To Face (Interviews)

Buzz Artists Posts

Em Rossi Madness Reveals The Genius
Oh, Be Clever Pulls Off Blanket
Arizona Finds New Life In A Dry Desert

Perspective Posts

Adele could sell over 3 million copies first week
Prince: Tell Me A Musician Who Got Rich Off The Internet
Max Martin Trails Behind The Beatles with most #1 songs

Face To Face (Interview) Posts

The manager & songwriter behind the success Echosmith
The producer & creator behind Vans Warped Tour
Diane Warren: I Have Not Yet Written My Greatest Song

Others Have Taken Notice

Kings of A&R was named a Top 10 Trendsetting Music Blog and selected as one of the top 100 music blogs on the web by Feedspot.  

Kings is also listed as the Ten Best Music Blogs to followlanding within the top 20 music blogs by blog rank, and was chosen as one of musicians empowered’s top 100 music industry blogs

Key mentions in UK’s Financial Times , CNN, & Billboard Mag.

My Biography

I’m located on the NJ coastline with NYC in view. Close enough to the chaos & far enough to enjoy the peace. After graduating Monmouth University, I was compelled to navigate the music industry. My fascination with watching Michael Jackson videos on early MTV motivated me to learn the steps to stardom, and learn I did. Having collaborated with various music executives on different projects has allowed me to travel the globe working with chart topping-artists in a wide range of capacity. More about me can be found here.






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