Before you start, make sure you have everything you need (artwork and audio files, properly spelled) available on Dropbox or iCloud.
What's the Release name? This will be the name of the whole product. If you are uploading a one-single track, the release name is the same as the track title.
Label name is optional. The Label name is shown under the release in the different stores. If you have a label you should use it. Otherwise, you can use your artist name. If left blank, the artist name will be added automatically.
Make sure that you have an artwork of high quality in the right format. We try not to interfere with the artist's artistic freedom but the stores have rules that are important to follow.
- The text on the cover must correspond with the title and the spelling must be the same. So, if you include the artist name and name of the release these must match exactly.
- Artwork must be ad-free. It may NOT include websites, nor social media handles. No references to physical packaging like a CD logo, nor to a digital product.
- The cover art needs to be a perfect square between 3000x3000pxl and 6000x6000pxl in .png or .jpeg and in good quality. Images must not be blurry, pixelated, cropped or have other quality flaws. You will be able to upload artwork as small as 1400x1400 pixels but we cannot guarantee that it will be approved by all stores.
How many tracks are you uploading? You can add tracks and remove as you go along with the uploading.
After adding the number of tracks you complete the track details for every track:
- add audio file, 16 bit 44.1kHz .wav (must be named .wav) or Flac of good quality.
Track title: is set automatically from release name on a one-track single. If you want to change the name, you need to change on Release name. If two tracks or more you simply add the track title (nothing else like recording year or version).
Version is optional.
Original, Cover, Remix: Original means that this is an original recording of this track or a remix of your own song. Remix: means it is a remix of someone else's track (remix by you, original song by someone else), Cover means it is a cover and if you don't have a license it will affect your delivery to stores or countries (see Cover distribution restrictions, below).
Explicit lyrics has default setting as Not explicit. Mark as explicit if the track includes cursing or bad language. The track will be marked Explicit in the music stores. Mark as Clean if it is a cleaned up version of an explicit version (beeped out bad language etc.).
When is the recording year? This may differ from release year and Original release date. (In Spotify the products are sorted after Release date/Original release date). If you have already released the material, please use the request form Change in release to add the original release date.
What kind of music style/genre is the track? Choose from the list.
You can add your ISRC code to the track if you have one (which you would if the track has already been released. Be sure to enter the letters and numbers exactly. You do not want different tracks to be mixed up.
YouTube Content Id: When we provide YouTube Content ID, it means that we protect and monetize your music whenever you or someone else uses your music on YouTube. We collect money for you to withdraw from the app. It also lets you control who can and cannot use your music. If you choose to block, no one, including you, can add the audio to YouTube. The default is No YouTube Content ID, and it's not always provided - the content has to be 100% your own.
Do you have a featured artist on this track? You can add more than one featured artist. If you want the featured artist to be a primary artist like you, please use the request form Change in release to turn a featured artist into a primary.
Do you want to credit contributors on the track? This includes writer, producer, mixer, and remixer.
Do you want to add more tracks to the product? If yes, you add more tracks. They will be released as one product.
Cover distribution restrictions: If you are releasing a cover song without a cover license, there are some distribution restrictions; you need to either skip stores (Apple Music/iTunes and Google worldwide) or skip countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, India, and Pakistan).
Countries/regions: In which regions do you want to release the product? We suggest all regions unless there is a particular reason not to.
Stores: In which stores do you want to release the product? As with regions, we suggest all stores unless there is a particular reason not to.
Double check the information and go back and correct it if needed. A suggested release date will have been set for the upcoming Friday (New Music Day!). Remember that the release date is not guaranteed but depends on it being approved.
Proposed release date. We suggest the release of music on Fridays as that is known as the New Music Friday. However, you have the opportunity to choose your own date as long as it is at least 14 days after the upload. The app makes it clear what the earliest possible release date is.
AND YOU ARE DONE!