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How to Upload Music to Boomplay

The music streaming and downloading industry presents a diverse range of platforms and services expanding beyond the most known and popular digital stores, such as Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music. This article will be dedicated to a media streaming platform, Boomplay, building a music ecosystem for artists, musicians and content creators in Africa. Keep reading to find out more about Boomplay and to learn how to upload your music to the platform.

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What is Boomplay?

Boomplay Music is a music and video streaming platform and download service. Previously known as Boom Player, Boomplay has been developed by Transsnet Music Limited and first launched in Nigeria in 2015. The Boomplay app, currently available on Android, IOS and Web, is considered Africa’s biggest and fastest growing music app. In 2017, the app was awarded the ‘Best African App’ at the ‘AppsAfrica Innovation Awards’ in Cape Town. In 2018, Boomplay Music recorded 10 million downloads off the Google Play App Store.

The ultimate vision of Boomplay is to create the largest, most sustainable and most reliable digital music environment with the focus on artists and content creators in Africa. The app currently has around 75 million monthly active users and Its present catalog contains over 85 million songs, videos and entertaining news, steadily growing day by day.

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The Importance of Boomplay for Musicians

Despite being focused mainly on Africa-native and urban musicians and creators, the 85-million-track catalog denotes musical diversity, making Boomplay Music a global platform and music app. After launching in 2015, Boomplay announced its intention to expand to East Africa the following year, opening offices in Kenya, Tanzania and, later, in Ghana, Cameroon, and Côte d’Ivoire.

Nowadays, Boomplay operates across all African countries, creating a platform for local artists to monetize their music. As the biggest and fastest growing African app with a global approach, it gives the African music community the opportunity to produce and sell music representing their heritage while reaching a worldwide audience. Additionally, starting 2018, Boomplay has been entering deals with important partners providing and distributing more music content to its users.

While Africa's music industry is booming with a huge amount of artists of great talent, weak copyright laws and regulations, poor legislations enforcement and piracy present major challenges for local professional musicians. By heavily relying on tech and working in cooperation with globally-renowned partners, Boomplay is fighting to combat these challenges and help artists generate an income. The platform implements a so-called ‘freemium’ model, providing basic app features for free with advertisements and various limitations and offering additional features, such as ad-free listening or music downloading for offline play, via paid subscription plans. With such a model, Boomplay aims to turn the audience in Africa consuming music illegally into legal listeners. Additionally, all the content on the platform is DRM-protected (Digital Rights Management) preventing unauthorized and illegal distribution.

How to Get Your Music on Boomplay

Follow these 5 steps to get your music out on Boomplay:

Start a release with iMusician

Create your release and select "All Other" in the shop selection

Upload your files with iMusician

Be sure to upload your music files in WAV format, and your artwork with the dimensions 3000 x 3000 pixels.

Add contributors to your release with iMusician

Be sure to include the first and last names of all contributors, along with their Interested Party Information (IPI).

QA Team iMusician check

Our QA team will contact you directly if anything needs to be corrected.

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Just like Apple Music, Boomplay doesn’t pay a precise figure per stream. When a subscriber streams your music, you earn a proportionate share of Boomplay’s monthly subscription revenue. Your income may then fluctuate from month to month depending on the amount of subscription revenue generated and how many times your music was streamed. Additionally, you get paid for your music downloads with the payouts depending on territory-specific rates.

Becoming a verified artist on Boomplay includes easy steps of first registering to the Boomplay app and then claiming your profile as an artist. Afterwards you get to fill out your requested application form of ‘Boomplay for Artists’ providing the Boom ID you’ve received and other personal information including your artist name, nationality or the distributor’s name. After filling out all necessary application fields and uploading a valid picture of your social media profile, you can submit your request. Your account should be verified within 1-2 days.

Boomplay operates in all African countries and as an app, Boomplay Music, is currently available on Android, IOS, and Web. It’s therefore available in countries around the world.

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