7 Deadly Sins Musicians Are Committing on Facebook & Twitter

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Are you committing any of these social media sins?

I’ve been personally manning the Jaden Social Facebook and Twitter pages since starting the company in my bedroom back in November 2011. And let me say straight up, getting my hands dirty right from day 1 has been one of the most valuable and eye-opening experiences I could ask for as a business owner, musician and marketer.

In 18 months I have gone from checking in barely a couple of times a week to deal with a handful of interactions, to spending upwards of 12 hours a day monitoring and managing more than 100 interactions 7 days a week (thank you Chrome for the ability to permanently pin tabs to the browser window).

Now I would say I’m a pretty chilled out dude for the most part, but there are some things that musos do (and say) online that really make me cringe. Since I too was once a blissfully ignorant and, at times, cringe-worthy muso, I’m not going to sit here and get self-righteous about it. No, I’m going to do the next funnest (that’s a real word, I swear) thing and compile a list of 7 deadly sins I feel are damaging the online efficacy of all my musician friends’ content & promotion strategies on Facebook & Twitter.

1. Promoting without providing value 

This is without a doubt one of the biggest no-no’s that exists on EVERY Social Media platform today. It’s one thing to use your page to dutifully inform your followers that you have new music, videos, or shows coming up, but completely another to ram the self-promotion stick so far down their throats that they get rushed to the emergency room with a ruptured spleen.

To be clear, it’s perfectly fine (even advisable) to post your links several times a week to achieve maximum reach, but for every promotional post you drop on your page you MUST be posting 3-5+ pieces of valuable content to break up the noise (believe me when I say your promo posts are NOISE, contributing to the deafening roar of that ceaseless waterfall spilling down your followers’ timelines).

Just like you would when writing and producing songs, try to blend a variety of elements (content types) in your marketing mix, and above all be both sparing & tasteful with your promo and the impact will be far greater!

2. Posting at the wrong times

OK, so maybe there is no such thing as posting at the wrong time – every post will be seen by at least a few people, which could never be considered a waste. But there is certainly such a thing as posting at the RIGHT time.

Instead of spitting out posts whenever you feel the itch, make use of your Facebook page analytics and a free Twitter tool like Tweriod or FollowerWonk to work out exactly where in the world your audience is and when they’re watching their timelines. This will both increase the reach of each post and reduce the number of times you need to post a piece of content for it to reach your entire fanbase.

3. Being generic & self-indulgent

I could fill an intercity dump truck with examples of the self-promotional garbage that currently pollutes Social Media – posts that are crammed with tacky buzz words, cliches, superfluous dollar signs, and highly questionable claims of the house being “ON FIIRE!!!”

People will feel much less like you’re trying to sell them shit (and much more inclined to buy your shit) if you present yourself as genuine, unique, and legit about your music. Why not show a little personality and package things up with a joke and a wink. Who knows, people might even end up loving you!

4. Irregular posting patterns

 In a world brimming with unpredictability, it is inherently human to find comfort and security in routine; the daily routine of a 9-5 job, a weekly routine of exercise at the gym, and so forth. So many musicians (including myself) are guilty of neglecting this golden rule; often just posting when we feel creatively inspired or have something exciting to say. By failing to form regular posting habits on your Facebook & Twitter pages, you are putting up a barrier to entry for a large chunk of the population.

If you leave your audience hanging and with no idea when they might hear from you next, what hope can they have of forming any kind of lasting online relationship with you? Let’s also not forget about Facebook’s very own vigilant citizen, the Edgerank algorithm, who takes great pleasure in punishing you for failing to provide regular content to your fans.

The bottom line here is, keep your content regular and give your audience a fair chance to connect with you. And if this is too difficult to manage with your busy schedule, our good friends at Buffer have created a stunning piece of software that will bring the equivalent of world peace into your turbulent life.

5. Telling the WHAT but not the WHY

I have absolutely no qualms with you promoting your content; I mean, how else will I find it? But don’t expect me to care unless you GIVE me a reason to care. Telling me what you want me to click on is a great start, but how about telling me why I should click on it.

Will your new video clip teleport me back to the late 80′s, and my days as a cheeky schoolboy spending his lunch money at the local videogame arcade instead of going to school? Will it give me glimpses of the hardships endured by a twenty-something hustler out of Brooklyn?

Let me say it again – don’t expect me to care unless you GIVE me a reason to care. Treat every single post as an opportunity to reveal your character and interests, share your unique value proposition (what is different about you and your music), and intrigue your audience.

6. Forgetting that your timeline is a shopfront

The state of your Facebook or Twitter timeline is the first thing I have to judge you on when I drop onto your page. If your Twitter is a mess of personal conversations and in-jokes I’m bouncing. If it’s a string of ugly links and Tarzan-style chest beating promotion I’m bouncing. If your Facebook timeline is composed of nothing but pictures of your stupid cat in different coloured lace bonnets, you better believe I’m bouncing.

Make a habit of looking at your timeline a few times each week through the eyes of a brand new follower or fan who is trying to make up their mind about you. Does your timeline accurately depict your story? Does it spark curiosity and make you want to find out more?

Take your Social housekeeping seriously and make every impression one that counts.

7. Adopting the same strategy for Facebook & Twitter

The last but certainly not least of the 7 deadly sins is that of treating your Facebook and Twitter pages as equals when they are not! This is not to say one platform is better than the other, but rather each has its own strengths, weaknesses and nuances.

As an example, Instagram pictures look and behave beautifully when posted to Facebook, but appear nothing short of hideous when pushed through to Twitter. Hashtags can be used to great effect on Twitter, but don’t let me catch you dropping those soul-less, italicized naughts & crosses boards into my Facebook feed.

Rather than simply linking your Facebook & Twitter accounts together (possibly the worst crime against Social Media there is) and posting the same things at the same times, learn the differences between the platforms so you can capitalise upon their strengths. There are many, many unique characteristics of both platforms, and having a good understanding of these can dramatically improve the reach & reception of your content (feel free to hit me up on Twitter for a prod in the direction of some great resources).

Well, I feel like that’s enough typing for one day, so now I’m handing the mic over to you – feel free to get back at me with your thoughts, and more of your own deadly Facebook & Twitter sins in the comments below! icon smile 7 Deadly Sins Musicians Are Committing on Facebook & Twitter

Until next time, thanks for reading and stay creative.

How to Build Your Fanbase – And Why The End Of The Traditional Model Is A Good Thing.

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Jerry Greenberg on Bite Me! makes a major statement on how to build your fanbase. Here is!

The piece said, “Bud Prager—who managed Leslie West in the old days and Felix Pappalardi—he’s a great producer who I have the utmost respect for. One day we went for lunch, it was 1979/1980 and MTV had just started. Warner Communications funded MTV in the very beginning along with American Express.

Steve Ross had a vision of creating music on TV and having it be a marketing tool. Bud said to me as MTV progressed that he felt MTV hurt the record business. His whole philosophy and, I have to agree with him, was that we broke bands by them going out and getting a fanbase – a real fanbase. AC/DC started out in a little club called Max’s Kansas City then they worked their way up to the Fillmore then the Forum and then the stadiums. They built a fanbase, but so many of these artists just became these video stars and you could see them on video. The only way you could see AC/DC, before videos, was to wait until they went on tour.

Bud felt that in the long run it hurt the artist and hurt their career and then it also created a lot of what we call “The One Shot” video artist – who were really acts that people got because of the video but when they really had to go out and do it there was no substance.”

It’s obvious really isn’t it?

You need a fanbase

If you are hyped and leveraged into the national (or international) consciousness, you’re going to have to be spectacular to make it last. All the kids who get the big break on the TV talent shows cannot sustain the level that those shows give them.

Why not? They just aren’t actually talented enough, but, more importantly, they haven’t built a fanbase. They get instant recognition but it fades in the public interest when the next series comes along.

I can see that the same was true with MTV – and the same is still true for major label artists today that are over hyped and simply manufactured. Sign someone half pretty and get them a load of songs from the current writer / producer du jour. It all sounds good enough but 99 times out of 100, there isn’t anything to back it up. I’ll accept that there will occasionally be an exception.

BUT – if the right thing to do in order to build a career is build a fanbase, then how do you do it?

Look at Arcade Fire – how did they do it. Quality material, no bullshit, slow build of momentum, unreal live shows, true talent.

No-one wanted to sign them when they started, so they did it on their own!

The message is the same now as it was for AC/DC when Jerry Greenberg remembered how they started.

Get your material strong and go out and play it. Watch this video of legendary Island Records boss Chris Blackwell telling how a live show and word of mouth is all you need.

So now that the music industry has changed and everyone wants music for free, how do you build that fanbase and why is that change a good thing?

Well, you can still do what AC/DC did and go out and play. You must! You’ll improve, you’ll bond as a unit and you’ll find champions who will tell everyone how good you are.

BUT – you now have an advantage that outdoes MTV in it’s heyday and will allow you to build momentum slowly, reach a global audience, perfect your style and sound – all the while sticking two fingers up to the old music industry hegemony.

The internet. You must use the internet to build your fanbase.

10 steps to building your fanbase

Here’s what you do:

1. Get your act straight. Right people, right look, right sound and BRILLIANT material. Not ‘good enough’ – brilliant is what is required.

2. Buy a domain name for your band’s website (we use Namecheap – it is!), and then buy hosting for it. Use Hostgator. I know you have loads of choices, but, trust me, this works really well and I have never had a problem.

3. Build a website – Use WordPress, hosted on your own domain (that’s downloaded from wordpress.org not hosted at wordpress.com). Personally I always use Thesis as the theme for the site for a host of reasons that I won’t go into here. It is awesome. If you think you can’t build a site in WordPress and/or Thesis, you will be able to. Honestly – there are loads of videos on YouTube to talk you through it and if you get stuck, find someone at your school, college or even on Elance to do it for you.

4. Build a list of fans using serious email software. You can use Fanbridge – it works fine – but if you are really serious, there is only one choice – Aweber. It will do more than any competing mailing list software and it will last you your whole career.

5. Give people something really valuable in return for joining your mailing list. Sure, give them mp3′s of a few tracks. But, you can do so much more. Give them a whole album and ask them to get their friends to come and sign up for it.

I love Pretty Lights and what he does – 3 albums, 2 EP’s and some live material. All FOR FREE. How does he make a living? He sells merch and has a massive live following. If he hadn’t given this music away he would not have gotten anywhere. The free music gave him the momentum. Now he makes more money from his music career than if he had signed to a major – by a factor of 20 or more. Plus he gets to be a true artist and do exactly what he wants, when he wants with his art.

6. Put the sign-up box for the free stuff on the top right of every page of your site – what designers call ‘above-the fold’. Why? Because it works. Also – have a dedicated ‘squeeze page’ on the site or even on another domain that you can send people to. He doesn’t do this, but Pretty Lights could have a squeeze page at freeprettylights.com. It’s easy to remember and you just put a single page site there with just a small pitch and a sign up box for your Aweber list.

7. Build a quality profile (and interact – don’t ignore any of them) at MySpace (yep, still – it is the music directory and you need to be there), Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. This is the minimum – there are others that you might wish to add.

8. Shoot LOADS of video of your band. Writing, rehearsing, gigging, in the van – goofing off. It doesn’t matter. Send emails to your list at least once a week telling them to check out something that you have posted somewhere online. DO NOT just email them the week of a show asking them to come. Be in regular content. Put those videos on your YouTube channel and all over the place.

9. Post on Twitter and Facebook all the time. Not inane stuff but things that your fans will want to know.

10. Develop a healthy interest in music blogs. Find ones that might support you and start to build rapport with the bloggers. This is a key way to spread your name when you have material being released. Chris Bracco has the best guide to this currently available – which is free – get it here.

11. Don’t neglect the art! Keep writing. Write much more than you record and rehearse as much as you write. Recording is important and you need tracks to give away, but it is having great material that is going to make your fans talk about you to their friends and build that fanbase. Writing is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing.

12. Play live. Anywhere for anyone. Not to the extent that your fans can’t keep up. But spread wider, cross genres, make new fans. Obviously, collect every name and email address that you can at gigs. Go to other band’s gigs – hand out cards with your site address on them at those gigs. Hang out, meet other bands and meet their manager, agent, sound guy – whatever.

13. Be tired. No, really. If you’re working a full time job and you’re doing enough to succeed, you are going to be exhausted. The people who can keep going when they are exhausted will win.

There you have it – I think that’s a blueprint on how to build your fanbase. I’ve just read it over and, in essence, that is all there is to it.

Of course, I can and will expand on many of those points and go further another day – how do you move from this point to selling records, how to go up a level etc.

But, right now, that’s not important. It’s not important since you MUST build a fanbase to get started and to achieve anything – whether that is DIY and Direct-to-Fan success or the aim of getting signed. Either route will happen much more easily if you have built the fanbase yourself – that’s what other fans will see so they will want to be in the in-crowd – and it’s what agents. managers and record label A&R will see that will help take you to the next level.

One last thing. This is not ‘selling out’. This is ‘selling’. It does not cheapen the art. It gives you a chance.

It will only happen if you do it – start now.

Step one is critical! But as soon as you have something ready for the world to hear, build your website at the heart of your efforts. Go and get a domain (Namecheap) and hosting (Hostgator) right now if you don’t have that sorted yet!

God Is An Astronaut to release New Album in September

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Far from Refuge is the third studio album by Irish post-rock band God Is an Astronaut, released in 2007 on Revive Records.

This video is a response to God Is an Astronaut – Fall from the Stars

Here’re updates from the band’s official website.

Updated ticket links for our shows in July:

* Fri 26 Jul – Substage – Alter Schlachthof 19, 76131 Karlsruhe, GermanyTICKETS
* Sat 27 Jul – Tivoli de Helling – Helling 7, 3523 CB Utrecht, NetherlandsTICKETS

* Sun 28 Jul – Zeche Carl – Wilhelm-Nieswandt-Allee 100, 45326 Essen, GermanyTICKETS

May 1

Here are the first 3 shows of 2013. If you want a sneak peek of what the new album will sound like we will be playing at least 10 songs from the new album on these shows.

* Fri 26 Jul 13 – Substage – Alter Schlachthof 19, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
http://www.substage.de/tickets

* Sat 27 Jul 13 – Tivoli de Helling (Summer Darkness Festival) – Helling 7, 3523 CB Utrecht, Netherlands
http://www.summerdarkness.nl/festival/index/pagina/titel/tickets

* Sun 28 Jul 13 – Zeche Carl – Wilhelm-Nieswandt-Allee 100, 45326 Essen, Germany
http://www.zechecarl.de/tickets-anfahrt.html

Apr 26

We are going to be getting back to doing rehearsals shortly so I’m putting my live board together.We are getting back to rehearsals shortly so I’m putting my live board together.

Apr 25

We have finally completed the new album and we are all delighted with it. It will be released in early September but we will have lots of updates in the coming weeks including news on live shows etc…

Apr 16

Day 1 of mastering the new album with Tim Young in London.Day 1 of mastering the new album with Tim Young in London.

Apr 14

Just finished mixing the new album. Very happy with the results.
Apr 11

Dawes Cover Creedence Clearwater’s ‘Someday Never Comes’

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On the heels of John Fogerty’s birthday and album release broadcast – shown last night on AXS TV – Dawes joins the veteran rocker on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1972 farewell single “Someday Never Comes” with winning results. Culled from Fogerty’s new album Wrote a Song for Everyone, this video finds Taylor Goldsmith and his brother, drummer Griffin, harmonizing against a sunny Los Angeles backdrop.

The clip is interspersed with studio footage of Dawes collaborating with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who teamed with everyone from Bob Seger and My Morning Jacket to the Foo Fighters and Kid Rock on the project. It’s a stripped down, heartfelt take on the song that the one-time Creedence frontman originally penned about his parent’s divorce.

We’re adding another video clip, this one has  Fogerty and Dawes performing ‘Someday Never Comes’ at the David Letterman Show, 5-22-13.   As Seen On ©CBS Weeknights 11:35/10:35pm c, All Rights Reserved.

Outstanding performance. We hope you like it!

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Meet Music’s Next Superstar: Shia LaBeouf

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The 26-year-old Transformers star has thrown as many punches as he has parties, he has a rap sheet as long as his filmography, and when he’s not pissing off studio heads, he’s messing around with another guy’s girlfriend. But Shia LaBeouf may also be the most honest—and complex—actor/film director/musician alive. More than meets the eye? Damn right.

The many faces of Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf born June 11, 1986, is an American actor who became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. LaBeouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for his role. He made his film debut in Holes (2003), based on the novel of the same name by Louis Sachar. In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let’s Love Hate and later directed and shot the music video for “I Never Knew You” by rapper Cage.

In 2007, LaBeouf starred in the lead role of the commercially successful films, Disturbia, and Surf’s Up. The same year he was cast in Michael Bay‘s science fiction film Transformers as Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist of the series. Despite mixed reviews, Transformers was a box office success and one of the highest grossing films of 2007. LaBeouf later appeared in it sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), both also a box office success. In 2008, he played Henry “Mutt Williams” Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. The film was a critical and commercial success.

His other films include Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Lawless (2012), The Company You Keep (2012) and Nymphomaniac (2013).

He directed the music video for “I Never Knew You”, a single off rapper Cage‘s third album, Depart From Me. It was shot in LA and features cameos by other Definitive Jux artists.The two will also team up to make a biopic about the rapper’s life, starring LaBeouf.  Of making the video, LaBeouf said, “I’m 22 and I’m directing my favorite rapper’s music video. This shit is better than riding unicorns.” In addition to directing the short film, MANIAC for Kid Cudi and Cage’s collaborative track he also directed and filmed Kid Cudi’s music video for “Marijuana” at the 2010 Cannabis Cup.

The now 26-year-old actor was to star opposite Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge in the revival of Lyle Kessler‘s 1983 play, which follows two orphaned brothers living off the proceeds of petty theft in a run-down North Philadelphia row house. LaBeouf’s role was the elder brother who supports his simple-minded younger sibling (Sturridge). One night he kidnaps an enigmatic rich man, played by Baldwin, who becomes the kind of father figure the boys have always longed for.

Weeks before previews were to begin, Shia LaBeouf dropped out of his planned Broadway debut in the play Orphans because of “creative differences.”

“I’m done,” he vented to The Hollywood Reporter last summer. “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he’s f—ed. There’s no way for him to exist in that world.”

His recent film credits include Lawless, the Robert Redford-directed The Company You Keep, and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, in which he stars opposite Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo. He also has a racy role in Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac, co-starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard.

Meet Music’s Next Superstar: Shia LaBeouf

Last week, actor and LSD-enthusiast Shia LaBeouf and synth-pop duo Future Unlimited debuted the gloomy video for “Haunted Love” directed by none other than everyone’s favorite Michael Bay leading man. LaBeouf has had many an odd foray into music video. From a thirty-minute musical of interpretive dancing to sad Icelandic piano music, let’s look back at some LaBeouf deep cuts and no longer regret that his film Disturbia and Rihanna’s song of the same name were not related.

Even Stevens

“Influenza: The Musical”

In 2002, Even Stevens did what has since become commonplace on almost every Disney series nowadays — they had the cast flex their vocal skills and participate in a musical episode. In “Influenza: The Musical,” Ren (Christy Carlson Romano) has a flu-fueled hallucination. Shia’s character Louis, the troublemaking younger brother, attempts to avoid then subsequently sings about an over-the-top physical endurance test in gym class. With his raspy pre-pubescent voice, baby Shia graces our ears with classics like “I Always Find a Way” and “I’ve Got Hot Soup…” as he begins taking his first steps into low-key involvement with the music world.

Even Stevens

“Another Perfect Day”

Getting a little Partridge, Louis and Ren join some friends to form the the Twitty-Stevens Connection a few episodes after they just couldn’t stop breaking out in song. This time, Shia’s Louis is a drummer who encourages the band to play on the school’s roof. Shenanigans ensue and it ends with this stereotypically Disney tune and its feel-good message.

Holes

“Dig It” by The D-Tent Boys

Oh, you thought he could only kind of sing? Enter #RAPGAMELABEOUF in a film based off every ten-year-old’s favorite fifth grade reading assignment, Holes. Having started being typecast as a good guy caught in bad situations early, Shia takes on the role of Stanley Yelnats, who finds himself in a juvenile detention camp run by Warrant Officer Ripley and Angelina Jolie’s dad, who make Stanley and the other boys dig holes every day. A bunch of other Important Things occur in both the film and book, but the most important takeaway is that Holes brought us #RAPGAMELABEOUF, and for that we’re all pretty lucky.

SNL

“The Best Look in the World”

In 2007, Shia began making his real career breakthrough as a non-child actor with starring roles in blockbusters Transformers and Disturbia after paying some acting dues in small but critically acclaimed indie flicks. Naturally, this meant he’d get a chance to host an episode of Saturday Night Live, as many an upcoming “it” star has done. Over the course of 13 months, Shia hosted not one but two episodes of the series and participated in some of the early digital shorts Andy Samberg helped create and make popular. During his second hosting gig in 2008, Shia helped sing and perform an ode to white shirt-black socks-no pants look, otherwise known as “The Best Look in the World.” It also marks the first time he let his junk air out in a video. We’ll get to the second time in a few.

Cage

“I Never Knew You”

Shia’s contributions to the music industry go above and beyond kind of singing and kind of rapping. Actually, his directorial work has probably been some of the more shining moments in his career. Shia marked his debut as a music video director with the clip for friend Cage’s “I Never Knew You.” The clip features Dan Byrd (Easy A) stalking a woman between clips of Cage’s highly emotive and body-jerking performance. While the video is as twisted and dark as Cage’s brand of hip-hop, it feels lighter than some of Shia’s later creations.

“Maniac”

Starring Kid Cudi and Cage

In what may be the actor/director’s Career Highlight, Shia based a short film off of the song collaboration between Kid Cudi and Cage, “Maniac.” It features the rappers speaking French and doing some gruesome things as they play two serial killers being willingly followed by a documentary film crew. It’s got the same biting snark and gore of early Tarantino films, and like Tarantino, LaBeouf steps on camera for only a minute to take a small and grotesquely memorable role.

Kid Cudi

“Marijuana”

Shia also directed the “Marijuana” video for Cudi and the final product looks like a test of every Instagram filter. It’s a simple video featuring Cudi smoking a lot of weed at Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam (way to think outside the box, LaBeouf). Dig beneath the surface of both song and video, though, and you’ll see Cudi is actually no longer saving the last dance for Mary Jane and brought an enthusiastic Shia along to document it.

Sigur Rós

“Fjögur Píanó”

Last year, atmospheric and always ~2 artsy 4 u~ Icelandic band Sigur Rós released a 16 video series that accompanied their album Valtari. This time, rather than directing the music video, Shia starred in the Alma Har’el clip for “Fjögur Píanó” alongside Denna Thomsen as a tormented couple. There’s interpretive dancing, cross-dressing, nudity, and lots of butterflies. Though it feels like an inaccessible artistic exploration at first, the video has an oddly compelling tone and Shia is captivating when scored by the piano-driven track.

Future Unlimited

“Haunted Love”

The aforementioned video that made us think back on all Shia’s strange and varied history with music is for Future Unlimited, a duo from Nashville. There are quite a few things happening in the video and all of them are terrifying. Starring LaBeouf’s current girlfriend and Nymphomaniac castmate Mia Goth, “Haunted Love” scores a Southern gothic nightmare involving a baby on fire, poison, one-armed interpretive dancing (looks like he became inspired after his project with Sigur), and a ridiculous amount of blood. We told you “I Never Knew You” was the tip of an iceberg of horror and this is proven not even a minute into the video.

Rob Cantor

“Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf”

Shia did not direct the video for or write this song. Rob Cantor of Tally Hall blessed Tumblr users everywhere by creating the most inescapable meme on the blog last year. “Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf” details an encounter with a flesh-eating Shia and doesn’t seem like a departure from the actor/director/singer/#rapgamechanger’s current visual trajectory in music. Beyond that, the track may be the most ridiculous Shia related moment since Indiana Jones 4. (OH SNAP)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result
2000 Young Star Award for Best Young Actor in a Comedy Series Even Stevens Nominated
2001 Young Artist Award for Outstanding Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actor Even Stevens Nominated
2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series Even Stevens Won
2004 MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Male Performance Holes Nominated
2004 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Holes Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Male Disturbia Won
2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemeistry (shared with Bumblebee) Transformers Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Megan Fox) Transformers Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Horror/Thriller Actor Disturbia Won
2008 BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award Won
2008 MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance Transformers Nominated
2008 MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Sarah Roemer) Disturbia Nominated
2009 MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance Eagle Eye Nominated
2009 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with Megan Fox) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Nominated
2010 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer: Movie Actor Transformers: Dark of the Moon Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Actor Drama Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Nominated
2011 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) Transformers: Dark of the Moon Nominated
2011 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Ensemble (shared with the cast) Transformers: Dark of the Moon Nominated

Sources:  Alternative PressGoogle, Village Voice, Wikipedia, YouTube