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Everything You Need To Know About Instagram Verification as a Musician and Business Owner

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Today, we have a lot to talk about in this article. So, If you are seeing this article you are definitely in the right place because we are going to share with you everything you need to know about Instagram verification as a musician and business owner. What is Instagram verification? This is a Blue Check-MARK that shows or appears on the right or left side of a famous Instagram username Lol… Which means that you are either a famous musician, a famous brand, or a public figure. Everyone using Instagram can apply for verification on the Mobile app easily but only a few get verified the reason is that they know the secret behind the verification process.

Can anyone be verified on Instagram?

There is something you need to know that Instagram has very strict policies about the verification process. Not everyone is eligible for a verified badge on their account; in fact, it’s quite hard to get the Instagram badge. But, it’s easy to sign in to your Instagram account and request a verified badge. But the verification process has got a lot more complicated after that. Instagram will review your application and they will only approve your account if only you meet the requirement. Below is the requirement you need to pay attention to before you apply on the Mobile App:

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Authentic – Your Instagram account must represent a real person, artist, or registered business.

Unique – Instagram doesn’t verify interest accounts. Your account must be your unique presence, and you can only verify one account in your name/ artist name.

Complete – You’re required to have a bio, profile photo, and at least one post. Your account must also be set to “public” and can’t contain any “add me” links to your other social media accounts.

Notable – This is probably the hardest criteria to meet. Instagram only verifies accounts that represent well-known, frequently-searched-for individuals, businesses, or brands. They’ll want to see evidence that you feature in multiple news sources, and these can’t be paid-for or any form of promotional content.

How do I get verified on Instagram when am not famous?

We get a lot of messages from Musicians and business owners on Instagram asking this question on how to get verified on Instagram when they are not famous. It’s hard to get an Instagram verified badge if you’re not famous or if you’re still growing your fanbase. The best way to get your Instagram verified is to make sure your profile meets Instagram’s four-point verification criteria. Work on your Notability by appearing in as many reliable news sources as you can and by accumulating awards and achievements for your music. You can boost your notability by inviting journalists to attend your concert and asking them to write and publish a review afterward or You can also contact a PR agency to get you on a reliable news source.

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What are the reliable news sources for Instagram verification?

There are thousands of news sources there but few of them are reliable. Today we are going to share the List out the most reliable news sources for Instagram verification. The reliable news source mentioned here can get you VERIFIED within 30-90days.

  1. Honk Magazine (Google News)
  2. Earmilk (Google News)
  3. The Source (Verified Platform)
  4. Thisis50 (Verified Platform)
  5. Influencive (Verified Platform)
  6. All HipHop (Verified Platform)
  7. Sheen Magazine (Verified Platform)
  8. Muzique Magazine (Google News)
  9. Hustle Franklins
  10. Dark Magazine (Important)
  11. News Break (Verified Platform)
  12. Respect Magazine (Google News)
  13. Time Bulletin (Important)
  14. Elevator Magazine (Important)
  15. Hype Off Life (Important)
  16. HipHop Since1987 (Important)
  17. State of HipHop (Important)
  18. New Fire Music (Important)
  19. Gotham Magazine (Important)
  20. About Insider (Important)
  21. Cali Post (Important)
  22. Daily Advent (Important)
  23. Menafn (Important)
  24. Vocal Creators (Verified Platform)
  25. DJ Ice Berg (Important)
  26. Redx Magazine (Important)
  27. Voyage Magazine (Important)
  28. 1st Day Fresh (Important)
  29. Kazi Magazine (Google News)
  30. Swagger Magazine (Important)
  31. HypeFresh (Very Important)
  32. Itsbizkit (Verified Platform)
  33. Forbes India (Verified Platform)
  34. HipHop Weekly (Very Important)
  35. Daily Herald (Verified Platform)
  36. Vents Magazine (Google News)
  37. Broad Way World (Google News + Verified Platform)
  38. Futuresharks (Important)
  39. LA Weekly (Important)
  40. Medium (Verified Platform)
  41. Seekers Time (Important)
  42. US Times Now (Important)
  43. America Dailypost (Important)
  44. Flaunt Magazine (Verified Platform)
  45. Disrupt Magazine (Very Important)
  46. The Hype Magazine (Very Important)
  47. Yahoo News (Verified Platform)
  48. TheInscriber Magazine (Important)
  49. The Odyssey Online (Verified Platform)
  50. Laprogressive (Important)
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The sites listed above are reliable news sources PR agencies use to get their clients verified on Instagram. If you like this article don’t forget to drop a comment below and don’t forget to send Natalie a message if you have any questions. Like “How many News Sources does a musician need to get verified?”

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In Conclusion:

If you are a musician or a business owner you need to create a Google Knownledge Panel which will show up on Google when anyone search you on Google and it must be verified. It’s very important to add in your social media link Like “Follow Honk Magazine on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter”, the inner link will redirect reader to your social media account so it’s very important they mention your social media. The more Top tiers to target the more chance to get verified FAST!


Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.


Acclaimed Helsinki Film/TV Composer And Classical Thereminist Kepa Lehtinen Releases New Single “It Gets Dark” July 27th 2022

Dark Nocturne for Piano, Theremin, and Double Bass

Noted Helsinki-based film and television composer Kepa Lehtinen is pleased to announce the release of his new single “It Gets Dark” on July 27th, 2022.

The piece is a stark, minimalist instrumental featuring only piano, double bass, and theremin that blends classical elements with genre-less atmospheres that will send you high into the nighttime sky. Kepa has developed his own creative voice with these three instruments and is able to convey complex emotions with just a few notes and some open space. He plays the piano and theremin parts himself, leaving the upright bass work to his brother Ari Lehtinen. “It Gets Dark” will be available on all of the major music platforms immediately upon release.

Kepa Lehtinen is a 51-year-old composer, studio owner, skateboarder, husband, father, and theremin player workingin Helsinki, Finland. His career has been mostly in music for film, television, and commercials. He has also created a sizable body of solo releases including the EPs It’s OK to Be Sad and Dark, Playing Theremin, and Face Plant.


Originally a pianist, Lehtinen was drawn to the theremin, a touch-less, electronic instrument of Russian origins, and was surprised how well his recordings with it were received. Since then, he has evolved a signature sound built around piano themes, shifting theremin harmonies, and supportive double bass. He’s one of Europe’s most compelling and original modern composers who only writes the music he feels most deeply.

Kepa Lehtinen – It Gets Dark (Official Music Video)


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John McDonough Blends Folk With Rock Royalty-Inspired Vocals On “Shooting Star”

Country singer/songwriter troubadour John McDonough is back with a new single off his We’ll Answer The Call EP, named Shooting Star. This outlaw country gem has shades of blues, folk, and traditional country infused into a narrative while being performed in an almost theatrical approach. What this means is a rough groove, a visceral guitar, and a saloon-style sounding piano all pulled together with a voice worthy of Broadway. Shooting Star tells many tales to outline the overall theme and message John McDonough is trying to convey; “Never stop looking for your shooting star, Never let others decide who you are”. Shooting Star follows a strict groove throughout the verse and chorus section, a bluesy, deep groove, one with a defiant edge to it. This groove becomes separated in the bridge section. With a light piano interlude breaking up the guitar melodies this allows the recapitulation to be expressed with an almost acapella feel. This contrasting melody coupled with the overall presence of the vocals gives this track so much power, a power that keeps the listener glued to each passing stanza, eager to see where John McDonough is going next.

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Shooting Star is a highly professional and mature offering, each lyrical line is expertly annunciated while each chorus section pulls the entire musicality together giving this track a pop-inspired structure. With that said, Shooting Star would make an excellent addition to any contemporary Country, Adult Contemporary, and even Rock radio format. I do not believe John McDonough was intending the Rock market for his target demographic, but with vocals reminiscent of the late Meat Loaf, and guitar harmonies channeling Steve Earle, classic Rock enthusiasts will flock to this modern, and catchy sound. A perfect lead-off track to his latest album, Shooting Star is a great jam to set the tone for the rest of the offering John McDonough has in store. A highly enjoyable track, coupled with a wonderfully uplifting message, Shooting Star should be an addition to any upbeat playlist.

–Lee Callaghan


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