By Jacqueline Rosokoff, Editor of the TuneCore Blog.
The best part about distributing your music is seeing it go live in the digital stores, right? So thereâs nothing worse than completing distribution, only to find that the stores didnât accept your music because of some text formatting issues.
To make this process go smoothly and avoid distribution hiccups, weâve put together some requirements to follow when it comes to formatting your artist name, release title, and track titles. Though some may seem like a drag, these requirements exist to help your music get to the stores as quickly as possible. Smooth and easy distribution? NOT such a drag.
Letâs get started.
To Each His Own (Line)
If youâre distributing a track (be it on an album, or a single or ringtone) and that track has multiple artists on it, itâs crucial that you enter each artist on a SEPARATE line next to each track.
In the box labeled âArtistâ make sure you only write the primary artist name, not âArtist name (featuring Artist name).â To add more artists to that track, click Add Multiple Artists. Then you can add featuring artists or additional primary artists.
Once you add all the artists on the track, make sure to check the âPreview of Titleâ box, which is there to show you how your image will appear in stores.
Keep It Simple
Itâs really important to keep the artist name as simple as possible.
Iâm in a family band. Iâm also a bass player. While I think this is great, the stores donât want this included in my artist information. So if I put my name as âJacqueline R (Bass Player)â or âJacqueline R (of Doctor Uke & Daughters),â thereâs a good chance my music wonât be accepted by the digital stores.
Itâs the same deal when it comes to track titles. Just include the title. No need to add producer or composer in thereâthe stores wonât accept that information. Or if youâre putting out a single that will be on an upcoming album, donât write that in the track title!
Itâs possible that releases with incorrect formatting will go live in stores, but they may be removed by the store at a later date.
Remember, adding information beyond your artist name, album title, or track title may cause a distribution hold up.
Letâs Talk Caps.
The TuneCore system auto-corrects album titles, track titles, and artist names, as stores often donât accept ALL CAPS or creative capitalization.
Examples of âcreative capitalizationâ the stores wonât dig:
- âFrIeNdS FoReVeRâ
- FRIENDS FOREVER
If your artist or track name has some unconventional capitalization that the TuneCore system wonât allow, you can contact our TuneCore support team BEFORE you distribute, and we can turn off the auto-correct setting for you. BUT, just keep in mind, even if we do adjust the setting for you, we canât guarantee that stores will accept your formatting.
Run For Cover
If you want to distribute a cover song, and you have taken care of securing the necessary permissions or licenses, there are requirements for how you need to enter in the track title.
You may want to give credit to the artist who originally performed the song in the song title, but thatâs not gonna fly with the stores.
Hereâs what I mean:
DONâT do this:
âHungry Heart (Cover of Bruce Springsteen)â
âHungry Heart (Originally Performed by Bruce Springsteen).â
Remember, just keep it simple!
Did You Hit SpellCheck?
One final (and REALLY important) note: Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!
The single wasnât supposed to be called âA Song Fr You?â Catch that mistake before it reaches stores!