Before you start, make sure you have everything you need (artwork and audio file(s)) available on Dropbox or iCloud.
Please check the release criteria here: What is important when it comes to Artwork? and What is important when it comes to Titles?
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. Release name can't hold featured artists or versions. there are special fields for those.
Label name is optional and if left empty the artist name from the Amuse account will be added automatically. The Label name is shown under the release in the different stores. If you have a label you should use it.
Make sure that you have artwork of high quality in the right format (read more about Artwork here). We try not to interfere with the artist's artistic freedom but the stores have rules that are important to follow.
- If there is text on the Artwork it must correspond with the text in the release. Artist name, Release title, Label, Featured artists and other collaborators must have the exact same spelling in the release and on the artwork.
- Artwork must be ad-free. It may NOT include websites, nor social media handles, no barcodes. 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.
- Make sure you have the right to use any image used on the artwork.
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 or Flac of good quality. The stores are very strict with bad quality and long silences at the end of the track.
Track title: On a one-track single the title is the same as the release title. (If you want to change the name, you need to change the name on Release name level). If two tracks or more you simply add the track title. Don't add any more information like featured artist, track version, recording version or year).
Version is optional.
Original, Cover, Remix: Original means that this is an original recording of the 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 song 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. In the stores, the track will be marked EXPLICIT next to the title.. Mark as Clean if it is a cleaned up version of an explicit version (beeped out bad language etc.), this is only possible if you have an explicit version of the same track in the same release.
When is the recording year (current year will be added automatically if nothing is filled in)? 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. There are some genres that are more tricky: Soundtrack. Inspirational is added as religious in some stores.
Do you have an ISRC code? Please add it when uploading the track. This is needed if the track with the same recording has been released before. Be sure to enter the letters and numbers exactly. You do not want different tracks to be mixed up.
YouTube Content Id: We provide Content ID but not to every release. Before choosing YouTube Content iD, read up on what it means.
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 Friday!). 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!