In this article, you will find all the information you need to upload a release to Amuse, using the Web application (artist.amuse.io). It's important that you follow these guidelines as it will help your release to be reviewed and delivered faster.
Step 1 - Release Details
This is where you add information regarding your release, such as language, release title and genre. You must fill in all mandatory information in order to be able to continue to the next step
Release Title (mandatory)
- This will be the title of your release. Make sure you don't add any extra or unnecessary information here, like version, featured artists or similar
- Try avoiding adding special characters
- Don't add emojis or symbols
Label Name (optional)
- If you are operating under your own label, add the label name here. If you leave it empty, your artist name will be used as the label (and this is completely fine and quite normal!)
- What genre is your release? This helps the stores to categorise your music better
- Can't find your genre? Don't worry, just pick the option that is the closest to what you had in mind
Release Title Language (mandatory)
- This refers to what language your Release Title is in. The stores want this information so they know how to label the release in stores
- For example:
- If your release title is "This Is My Release" - set "English" as the title language
- If your release title is "Este es mi álbum" - set "Spanish" as the title language
- If your release title is in a language not on the list - set "English" as the title language.
Cover Art (mandatory)
- Upload your cover art file here. You can either drag and drop it or click the + sign and browse to add it
- Make sure it follows these guidelines. This is very important as your release might be delayed if not:
- At least 3000x3000px and square
- Max 6000x6000px
- JPEG or PNG
- Not blurry or pixelated
- No social media handles or links
- No brand logos
- No text except for artist name or release title
- If your cover art is the right size but not square, you will be asked to crop it after you have added it.
Step 2 - Tracks
On this step, you add the tracks for your release. Drag & drop audio files to the drag & drop area to add tracks, or click the box to browse for files and add them.
You can re-order or delete tracks at any time, as well as play them to make sure you've uploaded the correct file for each track.
You create tracks by adding audio files.
Audio File(s) (mandatory)
- Make sure your audio files are formatted in the following way:
- .WAV files
- 44,1 KHz
- After you have added your audio files, tracks will be created and the audio files will begin uploading. You can see the upload progress in the yellow bar
Step 3 - Track Details
Once you have added your audio files, click "Add Details" for each track. This takes you to the Track Details section where you add information about your track (for example Track Title, Featured Artists, Track Version, etc)
Track Title (mandatory)
- This will be the name of this track. Make sure you don't add any extra or unnecessary information like version, featured artists or similar
- If your release contains only one track, the Track Title will automatically be set to be the same as the Release Title. This is the way the stores wants it
- Try avoiding adding special characters
- Don't add emojis or symbols
- If this track is not the original version, then you can add the track version here
- For example, if it's a live, remastered, instrumental version or radio edit
- If this is a clean version of an explicit track: do not add this information here. You will be able to add this information further down
Recording Year (mandatory)
- The year this track was recorded
Track Title Language (mandatory)
- This refers to what language your Track Title is in. The stores want this information so they know how to label the Track in stores.
- For example:
- If your track title is "This Is My Release" - set "English" as the title language
- If your track title is "Este es mi álbum" - set "Spanish" as the title language
- If your track title is in a language not on the list - set "English" as the title language.
- This will be set to be the same as the Release Title Language if the release only contains one track
Instrumental Question (mandatory)
- The stores want this information in order to label and categorise your release correctly
- If your track contains any singing, rapping, screaming (or similar) WITH lyrics, you should select "Yes".
- If your track is instrumental with no distinguishable lyrics, select "No"
Lyrics Language (mandatory)
- If you have told us this track contains lyrics, you will be asked to let us know what language the lyrics are in
- If you track contains lyrics in multiple languages, just select the option that the majority of your lyrics are in
Explicit Content (mandatory)
- You get three options and you have to select one of them:
- Explicit - Select this option if your lyrics contain any swearing, derogatory language, drug references, weapon references, sexual references, or anything that can be perceived as explicit by the stores
- Clean - Select this option if this track is a clean version of an explicit track. In other words, only select this if another version of this track exists and if that other version is explicit and this is the cleaned up version
- Not Explicit - Select this option if your track does not contain swearing, derogatory language, drug references or similar
Track Origin (mandatory)
- In order for us to review your release faster, it helps if we know what kind of track this is:
- Original - This is a new track or a remix of one of your own tracks
- Remix - This is a remix of someone else's track (make sure you have the right to distribute it!)
- Cover - This is a cover of someone else's track. You recorded it but someone else recorded it before you
- ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code and is a unique identifier for your song.
- This is what is used to make sure you get paid for your track, as well as to report streams and downloads
- If you do not have an ISRC and this track has not been live before, leave this empty. We will assign an ISRC to this track for free (of course!)
- If you have an ISRC, for example you have been given one by your label/producer/engineer, or if this track has been live before or exists on another release: Fill out the correct ISRC.
If you're moving this track or release to us, make sure you use the ISRCs from your previous distributor
Youtube Content ID (mandatory)
- Youtube Content ID is a service to make sure that you get paid if someone uses your music in their video on Youtube.
- You can choose to either:
- Monetize: You will get paid when people use your music. And everyone who uploads a video with your track will get notified of this (i.e. they will get a message from Youtube where we "claim" the rights for the music on your behalf)
- No Youtube Content ID: We don't collect money from Youtube when people use your music
- Content ID will not be provided if the artist does not have the exclusive rights to the material.
- Add the people who wrote this song (first and last name)
- Don't add multiple people on the same line. If this track has multiple writers, add them one by one by clicking "Add more writers"
- If this track is a cover, make sure you add the original writers!
Featured Artists (optional)
- If this track has one or more featured artists, you add them here
- Click "Add featured artist" and a window will open up
- Type in the name of the featured artist
- If this artist already exists on Spotify, pick that artist from the options in the window and then click "Done". This will mean that this track will be correctly linked to this artist on Spotify.
- If this artist does not exist on Spotify (this is a new artist), select the option "This artist is not on Spotify" and then "Done". A new artist page will be created for this artist on Spotify.
- If this track contains any contributors, for example producers or remixers, you can add them here
- Click "Add contributor" and a window will open up
- Type in the name of the contributor
- If this contributor has an artist profile on Spotify, pick that artist/contributor from the options in the window and then click "Done". This will mean that the contributor will be correctly linked to the track on Spotify. It will only be visible on the contributor's artist profile if they have the role Remixer.
- If this contributor does not have an artist profile on Spotify, pick the option "This contributor is not on Spotify" and then "Done".
Step 4 - Delivery Options
Select what territories and stores you want your release to be distributed to. Here is also where you select your release date.
- Select if you want your release to be distributed to all stores (recommended) or if you want to exclude any
- Select if you want your release to be distributed to all countries (recommended) or if you want to exclude any
- Select your release date. We always recommend releasing music on a Friday, since that's the global release day!
Original Release Date Question (mandatory)
- If this release has been live before, for example you have moved it from another distributor to us, select "Yes"
- If this is the first time this release is being released, select "No"
- If you select "Yes", you need to add ISRCs to all tracks (if you haven't already done so).
Original Release Date (mandatory)
- Select the date that this release was originally released
Step 5 - Review
Make sure everything is in order. You have uploaded the correct artwork, correct audio files and that all fields are correctly filled out. When you're ready, hit "RELEASE" and your release will be submitted to us for review.
What happens next?
Check out this article for what happens after you have submitted your release.