Get your music on Spotify

All of the music on Spotify is delivered by labels and distributors. Music cannot be directly uploaded to Spotify. This is to ensure that all of the music on Spotify is fully licensed and prevents illegal or unlicensed music from being uploaded by 3rd parties.

But have no fear, getting your music on Spotify is easy. We have deals in place with most labels around the world and a wide range of digital distributors and aggregators. So, whether you have a label deal or not, you can get your music up on Spotify and get paid for every one of your streams.

If you already have a deal with a label or distributor:

Spotify likely already has a deal with your label or distributor. All you need to do to get your music on Spotify is ask them to make your music available on Spotify. If you have only recently signed to them then it may take a few weeks for your music to be delivered to Spotify.

If you do not have a deal with a label or distributor:

Don’t worry, you can still get your music on Spotify. We have deals in place with many companies who can deliver your music to us.

These services will handle the licensing and distribution of your music and will also administer the royalty payments that accrue from your streams on Spotify. There is usually a small fee or percentage cut involved in using these services.

You can find a list of aggregators that have an established relationship with Spotify here.

If you work for a label or distributor and want to get content you own on Spotify:

Please contact us using the contact form here.

Update your content

My music is already on Spotify, but some of the attributes of my content are incorrect.

We get all the metadata on your artist discography directly from labels and distributors, and cannot update it manually.

If any of the following are incorrect, we are unable to manually update them and you’ll need to contact your distributor:

  • Artist Name

  • Featured Artist Names

  • Track Title

  • Album Title

  • Album Art

My music is on Spotify and I did not give permission to host my music, how did it get on here?

If your music is on Spotify, even though you haven’t sent it to us, it’s likely that your label or distributor has done so. Please contact them directly to rectify this issue.

My content is on the wrong discography page, how can I separate?

Please send us a request to have the content moved to a new, separate discography page. Include a link to your content by doing the following:

  • Go to the discography page where the content is located

  • Right-click on the album(s) or singles(s)

  • Click ‘Copy HTTP Link’

  • Paste and send

How do I have my music removed from Spotify?

Please send us a request to have the content removed. Include a link to your content by doing the following:

  • Go to the discography where the content is located

  • Right-click on the album(s) or singles(s)

  • Click ‘Copy HTTP Link’

  • Paste and send

List of Aggregators

These are some of the aggregators we work with that provide music for Spotify. These services will handle the licensing and distribution of your music and will also administer the royalty payments that accrue from your streams on Spotify. There is usually a small fee or percentage cut involved in using these services. 

Click on any of their names to learn more and sign up:

Artist Aggregators:

Get verified & followed

Spotify’s ‘Follow’ feature gives artists additional functionality to share music with your existing fans on Spotify whilst helping you to find new ones.

Building followers on Spotify is a great way to drive more streams of your music, directly connect with our 24m users and give your fans a unique insight into your musical taste.

The artist experience on Spotify centers around these two properties:

ARTIST DISCOGRAPHY      

Discography Page with Merch and Tour

             

                   Artist catalog of music

             Popular tracks & related artists

                    Link to Spotify Profile      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPOTIFY PROFILE 

G-Eazy Profile

          

                     Link to Discography   

           Recent sharing & playlist activity  

        List of followers / profiles you follow

 

 

 

 

 

Once verified, your total number of followers are combined and will appear on both pages.

How do you get verified?

If you’re an artist, getting verified is simple. Just follow these steps:

1.  Set up a Spotify profile

You’ll need a normal Spotify profile to get started. If you don’t already have a profile for the artist, you can create a free one by signing up with an email address here: Create Spotify profile

2.  Complete the Verification form

Once you’ve setup the profile, please complete the Spotify Verification Request form.  

To help us verify the profile, be ready with the following information:

  • The Spotify profile username you would like linked to your artist discography page.
  • The artist URI link (link to artist discography page).
  • The preferred display name for the profile.
  • A URL link to a 2048 x 2048 pixel JPEG profile image (no more 500kb, please).
  • A link to a twitter account associated with the artist. Please note that twitter credentials are not stored in any way.

3.   Wait for Verification

Verification can take up to a couple of weeks, but profiles are verified as quickly as possible.

Notifications & Emails

When users follow you, they instantly become a captive audience for everything you do on Spotify. 

Every time you create a playlist, share a track or do anything else on your Spotify profile, your followers get an email telling them about it:

Email Notification

 They also get a notification within the Spotify client:

Social Feed -Tight     

And, your followers get notified whenever new music appears on your discography:

Notification 2 - David Nail 

It’s a simple equation. More followers = more streams for your music.

The Spotify Activity Feed

The content you share with your fans/followers will also appear in the Spotify Activity Feed — the scrolling list of activity found on the right-hand side of the Spotify desktop app.

Activity Feed 

Shares stand out, and people notice when you have an active profile. The more they interact with your profile, the more your music gets streamed!

For more information about how to share content on Spotify, click on this link

Playlisting

Playlists are a simple and powerful way to build your audience.

Thousands of artists are now using playlists to connect with their fans, share their love of music and spread their own music.

How to Create a Playlist

  • In the left hand navigation bar, click ‘+ New Playlist’. Give your playlist a name and hit enter.
  • Search among millions of songs from Spotify’s catalog.
  • Add a song to a playlist by dragging & dropping the song into the playlist in the left hand navigation bar.
  • Each new playlist is saved to your account and is accessible across your desktop, browser & mobile platforms. 

For a full video Playlist tutorial, click here: Playlist Tutorial

Ideas for great playlists

Armin van Buuren brings his ‘A State of Trance’ radio show to Spotify with a daily updated playlist. This has now built up over 120k subscribers. 

Armin van Buuren

Axwell’s Party Playlist is an ongoing mix of tracks he loves, his own music from Swedish House Mafia and music from artists on his label, Axtone. Every time Axwell adds a track to the playlist, his subscribers are notified. That’s a potential 375k instant fans for his new music. 

Axwell's Party Playlist

Moby created an Album Influences playlist for his most recent album, Innocents.

Moby's Album Inspirations Playlist

Headhunterz created a playlist of the tracks he played on EDC Las Vegas 2014.  

Headhunterz playlist

Hurts put together GlastonburyHurts, a playlist based on the setlist from their Glastonbury 2013 performance.

Glastonburyhurts Playlist

Banks created a European Tour Playlist to accompany her first headline tour across Europe.

European Tour Playlist 

These are just a few of the hundreds of ways you can promote your career and interact with your fans using Spotify playlists. Have an idea you want to tell us about? We’d love to hear about it, so let us know!

Sharing

Once your profile is verified and you’ve got a playlist or two ready to go, it’s time to share your Spotify activity with your followers.

To set up your profile for sharing:

1. Go to the menu bar, click on Spotify, then Preferences.

How To Share

2. Uncheck the option to make new playlists public.

Make Playlists Public

This enables you to shape a new playlist before making it visible to fans. 

3. Link to Facebook: You’ll also have the ability to choose to connect your Spotify profile to your Facebook account. This will share your listening history to Facebook automatically.

Connect To Facebook

Please note: We are unable to connect Verified Spotify profiles to Facebook Pages at this time. 

To Share to Facebook:

  • As we are currently unable to directly connect Facebook pages to Verified Spotify profiles, the best way to share to Facebook fan pages is to copy and paste a Spotify link directly onto the Facebook fan page.
  • Right click on the song, playlist or album, then click ‘Copy HTTP link’.

Copy HTTP Link 

  • Paste the HTTP link into the ‘Status’ field on your Facebook page. The song, playlist or album info will display automatically.
  • Delete the link from the ‘Status’ field and add a personal message.
  • Click ‘Post’.

Facebook

 

 To share within Spotify:

  • Right click on the song, playlist or album, then click ‘Share’.
  • Add a comment that people will see once the playlist or track is posted to your feed.
  • Unselect Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr.
  • Click ‘Share’.

Share with Followers

 To Share to Twitter: 

  • Right click on the song, playlist or album, then click ‘Share’.
  • Add a comment that people will see once the playlist or track is posted to your feed.
  • Ensure that only Twitter is selected.
  • Click ‘Share’.

Share to Twitter

To Share to Tumblr: 

  • Right click on the song, playlist or album, then click ‘Share’.
  • Add a comment that people will see once the playlist or track is posted to your feed.
  • Ensure that only Tumblr is selected.
  • Click ‘Share’.

Share with Tumblr

The Spotify Play Button

Spotify’s embeddable Play Button is a short piece of code that can be placed on any web-page, allowing you to create a music player quickly and easily.

Users can then listen to your Spotify playlists, tracks and discography without ever having to leave your site.

1. To get the code: just right-click on the playlist, track or album you want to share. Choose ‘Copy Embed Code’ and the code will be copied to your clipboard.

Copy Embed Code - LDR

 

2. Paste the code into your website build, and a Spotify Play Button will appear on your site! 

 

The Spotify Follow Button

Add a Spotify Follow to your webpage to make it even easier for your fans to follow you:

 

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Users can click on the green Follow button and follow both your discography and Spotify profile instantly. They’ll then receive e-mail, mobile and in-Spotify notifications any time you release new music or share activity in Spotify. More followers = more streams of your music!

To generate a code for a Follow Button and to see more detailed information, just click here.

How To Get Your Merch on Spotify

Promote offers where your fans are

Using BandPage, you can promote your merchandise offers on your Spotify artist page. Fans will be able to directly click through to your product page to purchase. There are no fees or commissions for selling merch on Spotify.

For full details on how to start selling your merchandise and offers on Spotify please visit spotify.bandpage.com.

If you are currently using Topspin’s ArtistLink to send merch to Spotify but would prefer to use BandPage then you will need to first deactivate any offers that are live on ArtistLink.

Data & Next Big Sound

As part of Spotify’s ongoing effort to help artists promote their careers, we’re teaming up with our friends Next Big Sound to release a revelatory Artist Analytics dashboard.

Both of our companies firmly believe that the more access artists and managers have to data, the more power they will have over their careers. This partnership embodies that belief. In fact, because we are so committed to empowering artists with data, we are offering this huge amount of data to artists for no charge.

To get started, head to http://nextbigsound.com/spotify

If you don’t already have a Next Big Sound account you will be asked to create one in a few easy steps. If you already have a Next Big Sound account you can login with your existing information.

 

Search for your artist(s)

Search for the artist(s) that you would like to see analytics for and click the “+” to add them to your request list. You may request multiple artists at once, but only artists and their official managers will be approved to access their Spotify data through Next Big Sound.

During the approval process we may require proof of your relationship to the artist(s) you have requested data for. Since we respect every artist’s privacy, we kindly request that you apply for access to data related to your own music or that of artists you manage directly.

When done, hit the “Request Access” button to submit.

Once submitted you should receive an email confirmation of your application. At this point you can login to Next Big Sound and view other available metrics, but you will not be able to see Spotify data yet.

 

Await Approval

We are expecting a large volume of requests so please bear with us as we work to approve your request. This may take a few weeks but once we have approved your request you will receive a notification email. You can then login to Next Big Sound and see your Spotify data!

Once authorized, all Spotify data in Next Big Sound will be free, however, data from other services may require a subscription.

 NBSDashboardConnect

For a full overview of how to use Next Big Sound data within Spotify, check out this blog post.

How to Use Next Big Sound

Our integration with Next Big Sound allows you to view your Spotify data and compare it with data from around the internet. Click here  for an overview of Next Big Sound as a whole, and if you haven’t yet, start by signing up to see your Spotify data here.

Once you’re approved to see the data you’ve requested, you’re ready to unleash the full power of our integration with Next Big Sound! We’ve teamed up with Next Big Sound’s Client Services team to show you how. This overview of the basic features is the first in a series of posts explaining how to get the most out of your Spotify data in Next Big Sound:

 

1. The Next Big Sound Dashboard

This is the first page you see when you log into Next Big Sound. All of the artists you follow are here, including the artists for which you’re approved to view Spotify data. The artists you follow are the same artists included in your weekly Next Big Sound email summary.

Once you’re approved to see a particular artist’s Spotify data, their profile will show up automatically in your dashboard. If it doesn’t, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Next Big Sound home screen.

  2. Click Search for Artists to Follow on your Next Big Sound home screen or a blue plus sign within any blank square.

  3. Type the artist’s name into the search bar.

  4. Choose the correct artist from the drop down menu.

  5. The artist will appear on your home screen. Click on the tile to go to the artist’s page.

 

2. Set Your Key Metrics

Next Big Sound tracks more than 30 different networks and the amount of data can seem overwhelming. This is why Next Big Sound enables you to set Key Metrics so you can quickly and easily view your most used and most influential metrics.

Once you set your Key Metrics, they will be your default metrics for the graphs on your artist page, as well as the stats you see in your emailed artist reports. Here’s how to choose them:

  1. Go to your Settings then click the Metrics tab.

  2. Choose up to 12 Key Metrics. To add to more Key Metrics, select any metric from All Metrics and drag it into the Key Metrics section.

  3. Change the order of your Key Metrics. Select a metric and drag it to the desired position.

 

3. Artist Overview Report

Once you click an artist’s name or image from your NBS Dashboard, you will be taken to their Overview Report. The Overview is similar to a traditional one-sheet. It is your bird’s-eye view of top tracks, artist rankings, key metrics, and important events and demographic + geographic details.

You’ll also find recent events that might have impacted your artist’s Spotify streams and changes in your other key metrics. Data has little value without context and this event stream allows you to better determine drivers so you can replicate and build on your successes.

What really sets this Overview Report apart from a traditional one sheet is it’s dynamic qualities. Each module (tracks, demo, and geo) can be changed to reflect almost any network connected to the artist’s profile. Additionally by using the date range selector you can focus the report on a specific period of time such as the release week of the artist’s latest album.

 

4. Graphs

Graphs are the best way to do a deep-dive into your artists data or compare trends between artists and metrics in Next Big Sound. To save you time, the table beneath the graph will default to your Key Metrics. Use the ‘Metrics’ drop down menu to change which metrics are included in your graph.

Users who have upgraded their artist have the ability to select a custom date range, set custom benchmarks, view the event stream in the graph and a number of other analytical tools. To see more information about Next Big Sound’s pricing plans, visit their pricing page.

 

5. Tracks

Use the Tracks section to graph and compare specific pieces of content. Compare your artist’s most recent release to their previous single or graph each track on their latest album. Like the Geo section, your Spotify data is available in the Tracks section for free users, but additional sources are only available to upgraded accounts.

 

6. Sources

Sources are how Next Big Sound collects social data to populate an artist’s profile. Each artist has their own Sources page where all the available and missing network connections are listed. The more sources connected, the more insightful and useful Next Big Sound can be!

Charts & Play Counts

At the top of an artist’s discography page, Spotify lists the most popular tracks in that artist’s catalog right now, along with how many times they’ve been streamed since they were added to Spotify:

Chart

Be sure to check out our charts page for the updated Spotify-50 (our list of the most popular tracks on Spotify) and Most Viral charts for all territories where Spotify is available!