A soundtrack or score is the recording of the musical accompaniment of a film, play, TV show, series, or video game. An original score is when the music has been purposefully made for that specific production whereas a soundtrack is a selection of songs chosen to be featured in the production.
What to consider when distributing a soundtrack/score with Amuse
There are certain metadata guidelines that are required when distributing soundtracks and original scores. We’ll list them here to make sure your release goes live in stores:
To release a soundtrack/score select the genre Soundtrack or Original Score or any of the following subgenres if they apply: Foreign Cinema, Musicals, TV Soundtrack, Video Game. These genres should not be used if it's not an actual soundtrack/score.
There are certain formatting requirements for titles when releasing this type of content:
- The titles should be written in the following format:
Title (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - when it’s a soundtrack of a movie, short film, series, or TV show.
Title (Original Game Soundtrack) - when it’s the soundtrack of a video game.
Title (Original Score) - when it is the original score of a movie, short film, series, or TV show.
Title (From “[Title of the other media]”) - when it’s a 1 track Single, e.g: Main Theme (From “Titanic”)
- If you are uploading an EP or Album and the tracks are not from the same soundtrack/score, indicate which one it’s from in the title, e.g. Main Title (From Game of Thrones: Season 7) or Main Title (From The Wizard Of Oz Soundtrack)
Releasing covers of tracks that belong to a score/soundtrack
If you want to distribute a cover of a track from a Soundtrack/Score, the requirements are different:
- The chosen genre should not be any of the following: Soundtrack/Original Score, Foreign Cinema, Musicals, TV Soundtrack, Video Game.
- The original composer of the soundtrack/score should be added only as a writer (as per the cover guidelines).
- The title should only be the original title of the song (no additional information from the film/series/play/video game should be added)