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Distribution See all 26 articles

  • How Long Does It Take for My Album to Be Available in Streaming Services?

    It can take several days for albums to be reviewed, approved, and sent to streaming services. If it's important that your album go live on a specific date, click here to read about release dates. Otherwise, by default, your release should go live once ingested by streaming services according to the rough schedule below.

    • iTunes/Apple Music: 1-7 days. A very small percentage of albums go through manual review at Apple, which takes an additional 1-2 weeks or so.
    • Spotify: 2-5 days
    • Amazon: 1-2 days
    • YouTube Music: 1-2 days.
    • Deezer: 1-2 days
    • TIDAL: 1-2 days
    • Facebook/Instagram: 1-2 weeks.
    • TikTok: 1-3 weeks.

    Note: Delays are rare, but they do happen, and are typically outside of DistroKid's direct control.

    Pandora has their own in-house review process to curate content, so we are not able to provide too much info in regards to how long it might take releases to be added to Pandora stations (if they are). To be included in Pandora Premium (Pandora's rad streaming service), please read THIS.


    Bonus: For many streaming services (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more) we'll detect the moment your album goes live, and send you an email with the link! 

    Please note: Securing cover song licenses can take up to 14 business days. Releases with cover songs will be submitted as soon as the license is approved by Harry Fox Agency (who handles our cover licenses).

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  • What Countries Will My Music Be Available In?

    Most uploads appear worldwide in every country that the different streaming services support. If you want to restrict your release to certain countries, you can upload to DistroKid, and then we can submit a metadata update to streaming services to remove the country/countries that you don't want to be in. For this to work, it's best for you to upload at least 10-14 days before a planned release date (Musician Plus/Label plan required).

    Some releases may not be distributed to all countries based on language, explicit content, licensing, and other various issues that are outside of DistroKid's control.

    Currently, Saavn only has the non-Indian portion of their catalog available in a handful of countries: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.  In the rest of the world, only the Indian content is available at this time.

    Anghami’s international catalog is only available in the Middle East. In the rest of the world, only the Arabic content is available at this time.

    YouTube Music is currently available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Canada, Norway, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, and will be available anywhere YouTube has a subscription music service as new territories are supported. If you're trying to play YouTube Music Art Track videos from outside of these supported territories, you may see a message that the content is not available.

     

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  • Can I Upload Cover Songs?

    Yes, with some exceptions.

    Some examples of songs that may be licensed:

      • A song that was released at one point on iTunes and/or Amazon MP3.
      • A song that appeared on a limited pressing of vinyl, which you can purchase at a record store in the United States
      • A song that was made available as a promotional music download on the artist’s website

    Some examples of songs that may NOT be licensed:

      • A song that was used in a film score, but itself was never released separately from the soundtrack
      • A song that appeared in a video game, but itself was never released separately from the game soundtrack
      • A song that was released as part of a CD compilation, but only in some country that was not the United States
      • An old traditional song that is now in the public domain

      • Medleys, mashups, etc.

    To upload a cover, make sure to click "Another artist wrote it" on DistroKid's upload form, in the "Cover song" section.

    DistroKid charges a fee of $12 per year, renewed annually, to manage each cover song for you. We will:

      • Obtain license(s)
      • Pay the original songwriter(s) every month
      • Keep up-to-date on copyright laws affecting your music

    A "cover song" is a song that you performed & recorded yourself, but the music was written by someone else. For example, when your band plays "Smooth Criminal" (written by Michael Jackson). This is totally okay—DistroKid makes it easy and legal to sell cover songs.

    DistroKid will obtain the required compulsory mechanical license for you. We'll automatically deduct the legally-mandated fee (9.1 cents or 1.75 cents per minute of playing time or fraction
    thereof, whichever is larger) from your earnings and pay it to the original songwriter. You'll get 100% of the rest. You don't have to do anything else.

    You must purchase a DistroKid cover license each and every time you upload a cover song to DistroKid. For example, if you upload the same cover song twice, you need to select the “Cover Song” option both times, essentially buying two licenses. That’s how our system knows to deduct the songwriter’s share of earnings from your earnings (for both uploads of that song, in this example). Furthermore, DistroKid licenses apply only to content directly distributed by DistroKid, and cannot be used for any purposes outside of DistroKid.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that your song would be covered under the compulsory mechanical license.

    We are not lawyers and can't help with legal advice. But please note that U.S. copyright law does not permit derivative works such as original-language translations of copyrighted lyrics. Under U.S. copyright law, cover (aka "compulsory") licenses only provide coverage if the main elements of the song, original lyrics & melody, remain fundamentally unaltered within the new sound recording. This is a copyright thing and affects all distributors, not just DistroKid.

    For more information about uploading arrangements of works in the public domain, please check out the FAQ article here.

    Please don't include the original artist's name in the track title. For example,

     GOOD TRACK TITLE 
    Enter Sandman

     BAD TRACK TITLE 
    Enter Sandman (originally performed by Metallica)
    Enter Sandman by Metallica

    For more information about purchasing cover song licenses through DistroKid, please see this article.

    Please note: Securing cover song licenses can take up to 14 business days. Releases with cover songs will be submitted as soon as the license is approved by our third-party licensing service.

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  • Can I use Royalty Free Samples?

    It's totally fine to use royalty free samples from sample library services such as Splice, Sounds, LoopCloud etc. It is also fine to use royalty free samples that are included as default sample libraries in your DAW.

    Please note: if you use royalty free samples, your music will be ineligible for the YouTube Content ID Album Extra.

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  • Can I Upload DJ Mixes or Remixes with DistroKid?

    Unless you have permission from all concerned parties, it is not possible to upload songs with uncleared samples.

    You are welcome to upload remixes of your own work. However, if your remix is of another artist's song, or contains any part of another artist's original music, streaming services require permission from the original artist.

    If you are remixing your own song...

    ...You do not need to credit yourself as a remixer. You can simply add "Remix" as version information. Here's how you do that on the upload form:

    Under "Song Title" you will see two buttons:

    - "+ Add collaborator"

    - "+ Version"

    Click on the "+ Version" button, and it will open an input box where you can list the version information. In this case, we can just write "Remix"

    Here's what it will look like on the upload form:

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    If you are uploading remixes of your own song by a remixing artist...

    ...You will need to add both a collaborator with the "Remixer" role, as well as version information with "[Insert Remixer's Name Here] Remix" in the version information. Here's how you do that on the upload form:

    Under "Song Title" you will see two buttons:

    - "+ Add collaborator"

    - "+ Version"

    Click the "+ Add collaborator" button, and it will open a menu where you can input information about the Remixing artist. Here, you can select and input their:

    • Name
    • Role
    • Spotify Artist URI (optional)
    • Apple Artist ID (optional) 

    Check out this article for a breakdown on artist roles!

    After you have filled out the Remixer's information, click on the "+ Version" button, and it will open an input box where you can list the version information. Here, we will want to put in the Remixer's artist name followed by the word "Remix" 

    Here's what it will look like on the upload form:

    Screen_Shot_2021-05-19_at_2.37.20_PM.png

    Click save and you will be good to go!

    If you are uploading a remix of another artists music...

    ...You must have permission from the artist to do so.

    If you have permission from the original artist to upload your remix of their song, you will need to list the original artist's name in the "Artist/band name" section of the upload form. Note that this will use an additional artist slot. If you need more artist slots you can upgrade here.

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    At the track level, you will need to add both your artist name with the "Remixer" role, as well as version information with "[Insert Your Artist Name] Remix" in the version information. Here's how you do that on the upload form:

    Under "Song Title" you will see two buttons:

    - "+ Add collaborator"

    - "+ Version"

    Click the "+ Add collaborator" button, and it will open a menu where you can input information about the Remixing artist (yourself). Here, you can select and input your:

    • Name
    • Role
    • Spotify Artist URI (optional)
    • Apple Artist ID (optional) 

    Check out this article for a breakdown on artist roles!

    After you have filled out the your Remixer information, click on the "+ Version" button, and it will open an input box where you can list the version information. Here, we will want to put in your Remixer artist name followed by the word "Remix" 

    Here's what it will look like on the upload form:

    Screen_Shot_2021-05-19_at_2.42.06_PM.png

    In the Songwriter section, do not select cover song -- Remixes are not covers.

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  • Can I Upload a Sound-a-like?

    No, sorry. 

    Sound-a-likes--or cover versions, or tribute songs that sound verrry similar to the original--aren’t accepted by streaming services.

    Streaming services may also reject cover songs that too-closely mimic the original artist's name or album art. 

    Even if the content doesn't violate laws, it may confuse customers. Which is why services may reject it. 

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HyperFollow See all 3 articles

  • What Is HyperFollow?

    HyperFollow is a completely free (and awesomely powerful) promotional tool that is available for all  DistroKid artists.

    These days, it’s a must to have one link that leads to your music on all streaming services, and that’s where HyperFollow comes in!

    The instant you finish uploading your release, you can start promoting and collecting pre-saves on Spotify (including fan email addresses) with HyperFollow. As soon as your release goes live on its release date, your HyperFollow page will AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE(!) to include links to other streaming services.

    Your HyperFollow link never changes, and you’ll never have to update your marketing copy or social media posts.

    You can find your HyperFollow link on your DistroKid album page, or by clicking on the "Goodies" menu, and then clicking on "Promote yourself".

    Here are some of the additional benefits of using HyperFollow:

    More followers! Anyone who clicks the button on your HyperFollow page will automatically follow you on Spotify.

    More listeners! In addition to following your artist page on Spotify, whoever clicks the button will also automatically save your album to their Spotify library.

    More contacts! You will be given each fan’s email address.

    More research! You will have access to the city-level geographic location and other (anonymized) demographic information about your fans.

    More insight! You’ll be able to see the other music that your fans are listening too. Even if those other artists don’t use DistroKid.

    More stats! You’ll know how many people visited your HyperFollow page, and how many followers you added.

    Need to edit your HyperFollow page? Check it out! https://distrokid.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039543054

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  • Can I put a Facebook tracking pixel on my HyperFollow page?

    Yes!

    This is free for all DistroKid members and is provided to help artists with their online marketing objectives.

    To add a Facebook pixel:

    1. Sign into DistroKid
    2. Visit your HyperFollow page (make sure you're signed in)
    3. Click "Customize" at the top
    4. Click "Edit this page"
    5. Click "Got an ad or analytics pixel?"

    Done! All visits will be tracked via your Facebook pixel.

    There are some custom events as well (using Facebook's "trackCustom" function). The events are:

    • clickSpotifyPresave - Fires when someone clicks your Spotify pre-save link
    • spotifyPresaveSuccess - When someone successfully pre-saves your release
    • click[store] (ex: "clickSpotify" or "clickApple Music" - When someone clicks one of the streaming service links to listen to your music
    • clickOut - When someone clicks any of the main links on your HyperFollow page. This will fire in addition to click[store] (which shows which specific link they clicked)
    • clickSocial - When someone clicks any of the social media links on your HyperFollow page
    • audioPlay - When someone click the play button to listen to your audio preview
    • audioPause - When someone clicks the pause button to stop your audio preview
    • audioSkipForward - If your release has multiple tracks, someone skipped to the next track
    • audioSkipBack - If your release has multiple tracks, someone skipped to the previous track
    • showFullImage - Someone clicked your album artwork to show the full-sized image 

    Hope this is helpful! 

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  • Can I Edit My HyperFollow Page?

    Yes! There are now quite a few features available on HyperFollow pages, along with the ability to make edits.

     

    First, to view your HyperFollow pages, click on "Goodies" in the top right, and then click "Promote Yourself". From there, you can click "HyperFollow" to view your HyperFollow dashboard, which includes all of your releases. Clicking on a specific release will allow you to edit your HyperFollow page.

     

    Alternatively, you can visit www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow, and click on the release you'd like to view or edit. Going through this way will also let you see additional details about fans who have followed your release!

     

    Once you're on the HyperFollow page you want to edit, click "Menu" on the upper-right corner of the page to reveal a bunch of options, then click "Edit this page" (this works on mobile, too!):

     

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    From here, you can edit the artist name, release title, or release date (this is handy if, for example, you submitted an edit request for the release after you uploaded). You can also re-order links, add links to streaming services we haven't added (including services we don't even distribute to), and do some other fun stuff that can be turned on or off at any time:
    • Audio previews
    • YouTube embed
    • Add social media links
    • "Holiday cheer" (try it, it's fun!)
    • Change "Talk to me" button text
    • Turn on/off Spotify pre-save
    • Hide any of your HyperFollow pages (unhide anytime!)

    Here's an example of a HyperFollow page with some of the new features:

    https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/butchersofthefinalfrontier/kh4

    If you run into any issues with editing your HyperFollow page, please let us know here: www.distrokid.com/contact

     

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DistroLock See all 2 articles

  • What is DistroLock?

    DistroLock makes it harder for anyone (who's not you) to upload your original music to streaming services.

    Here's how it works: 

    Upload Your Music For Free.

    Upload your original songs to DistroLock, or just send us the acoustic fingerprint.

    We Secure The Fingerprint.

    We note that the audio is "locked" when music services ask. Only you can unlock it.

    You're Protected.

    We also register your audio with other leading audio detection services.

    DistroLock extracts an "acoustic fingerprint," logs it, and then deletes your audio from our servers. If you don't want to upload your music to DistroLock, you can generate fingerprints on your own computer using Chromaprint and just send those.

    DistroLock can also register your music with leading public fingerprint databases. Some of these services can detect matches even if the audio has been sped up, pitch-shifted, or otherwise altered. Many music services utilize these services to block unauthorized releases, including YouTube, DistroKid, SoundCloud, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitch, and others.

     

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  • What Types of Audio Can I Lock?

    DistroLock works best for music that has not yet been distributed. Previously released music may already be in public audio databases, which means it can't be locked by anyone. 

    The good news: If *you’re* the one who previously distributed it, you already have some protection. That's because responsible stores & distributors may cross-reference their new uploads with public audio databases, and reject unauthorized releases of your music. 

    Note: Songs with publicly-available audio (generic loops, sounds, and samples) may be rejected by DistroLock. That's because those are sounds everyone is allowed to use - which may trigger positive identifications with other peoples' music.

    Hope this helps and thanks for trying DistroLock. 

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