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SPOTIFY EDITORIAL PLAYLISTS: Great News for Independent Labels and Artists!

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Artists and labels can submit unreleased music to the Spotify editorial team to be considered for playlists. Here are the steps you need to take and the conditions required to submit new music.

  • You must have a Spotify for Artists account (follow the steps in this blog article to claim your Artist Page). Once you confirm you've claimed your page, you'll have the little blue check by your artist name, and you will have access to all the Spotify for Artists tools and features like Spotify Analytics.
  • The music you submit must be new and unreleased (no back catalog) and delivered to Spotify at least 1 week before the release date. Meaning that you will still need to go through your digital music distributor.
  • Once your music is delivered to Spotify, it will appear in your "unreleased" section of your Spotify for Artists account.
  • Next to the track you would like to submit, select "get started." You can also go to your profile, right-click on the track, and select "submit song".
  • Be sure to include as much information about the release as possible in order to increase its chance of being selected.
    • As the editorial team says: “It’s important to give us as much information about the track as possible — genre, mood, and other data points all help us make decisions about where it may fit. You can note the instruments on it, whether it’s a cover, and the cultures you or the song belong to. The data you share will be complemented by what we already know about you — what else your fans listen to, what other playlists you’ve appeared on, etc
  • In order to be considered for Spotify's 'Release Radar', your music must be delivered to Spotify and submitted at least 1 week before the release date. If you submit any later, your music will not make it into Spotify's 'Release Radar'. Therefore, the submission process with your digital music distributor must be completed at least 3+ weeks before the release date (2 weeks for distribution to Spotify + 1 week for submission to Spotify Playlists). With iMusician, you have the option to select Express Delivery, in which case you could begin the submission process 2+ weeks before the release date (1 week for distribution to Spotify + 1 week for submission to Spotify Playlists).
  • Note that only one track from a release can be submitted at a time. So, make sure you select your best track in order to get the most chances of being selected. Once your release is out and you have a new release coming soon, you are allowed to submit another unreleased track.

Good to know: Once submitted, your track will automatically be added to your followers’ Release Radar playlist on Friday, unless they have listened to it earlier in the week. This is also a good way to control which single you want to promote to your fans. You are only able to submit on your desktop, the mobile version of Spotify for Artists does not support this feature.

For more information check out our Spotify for Artists: The Ultimate Guide.

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