Kings of A&R is music site read by music industry and creative professionals. Over the years, the blog has been a hub for industry execs and various creative professionals looking to work with or strike deals with new artists.
We developed a following after featuring artists early on in their career like household names including Lady Gaga when she showcased in NY at The Bitter End. We may have been the first to post the mega hit Apologize by One Republic that brought them major label attention. We also tipped off the industry to The Killers showcase at SXSW which led to their signing to Island Records. We put the spotlight on the unknown Katy Perry when she was transitioning between labels. We even had moment in the EMO era after featuring pop punk band RJS that resulted in their signing with Atlantic that led to a mega top 40 hit with their track Face Down.
Other artists we highlighted before coming household names include Gotye, Capital Cities, The Neighborhood, and Twenty One Pilots.
Today, our blog features have helped artists land on editorial Playlists as well as spots on Music Festivals.
If you’re a creative professional, bookmark our site. If you like an artist, reach out, and tell them you found them on Kings of A&R.
Others Have Taken Notice
KOAR has been selected as one of the top 75 American Music Blogs on the web by Feedspot, top 5 by Scorebig, and with overall #25 ranking based on traffic. We were named a Top 10 Trendsetting Music Blog and selected as one of the top 100 music blogs on the web by Feedspot and the top 75.
Also listed as the Ten Best Music Blogs to follow, landing within the top 20 music blogs by blog rank, and was chosen as one of musicians empowered’s top 100 music industry blogs.
“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)