The Ultimate Album Release Checklist

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What Every Musician Should Do Before Releasing an Album or Single

Are you going to release an album or single in 2019?

Want to make sure you did everything possible to have a successful launch?

  • save hundreds of hours of wading through dozens of books and blog posts.
  • a concise time-saving checklist with no commentary or fluff.
  • precise links and instructions.

Have no regrets you didn’t do everything possible. Level the playing field. Get a chance to get heard above the crowd. And most of all, save time so you can do what you love—making music.

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Product Description

Your great music, an awesome recording and top of the line mixing and mastering is only part of the process.

  • For a new artist with no previous experience releasing an album or single— here is your roadmap.
  • For the established artist—here is a manual for your street team.
  • For the small independent label—here is a primer for your new staff.

There is a lot of digital paperwork to complete before distributing music. There are steps you must take to ensure you receive royalties and get reviews. There are sales tracking and monitoring platforms you need to submit to for the music charts.

In the Ultimate Album Release Checklist will find information about digital and physical distribution methods. How to get artists profiles on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube. How to sign up for a PRO, get copyrights and collect royalties. Learn about sales tracking and Billboard music charts. How to set up preorders and the new Spotify Pre-saves and Apple Music Pre-adds. Tips on how to get a musician’s Knowledge Graph panel on Google’s search engine results page. And, some cool new growth hacking tools for musicians.



Band Name

1. Domain Name

2. Social Media Profiles


3. Hosting

4. Theme

5. Mobile Responsive

6. Google Webmaster Tools

7. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

8. Speed Test

9. Knowledge Graph Panel for Musicians

10. Google Analytics

11. Start a mailing list

12. Alternative website builders

13. SoundCloud

14. Concert Listings

Press Kit

15. Photo shoot

16. Write your bio

17. Press Kit


18. License any cover songs

19. Copyright

20. Split Sheet

Performing Rights Organizations

21. Register with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO)

Specs, Files, Codes, Graphics

22. UPC and ISRC Codes

23. Audio

24. Graphics

25. Album Art


26. Digital Distribution

27. Going Live Times

28. Direct-to-fan sales

29. CDs and Vinyl

Royalty Collection

30. Register with SoundExchange

31. Music Reports

Sales Tracking & Music Charts

32. Register with SoundScan

33. Nielsen Broadcast Data System (BDS)

34. Mediabase

Music Metadata Recognition

35. Gracenote

36. AllMusic

37. Crowdsourced Music Databases

38. Review Aggregators

Artist’s Profiles

39. Google Play Music

40. Spotify

41. iTunes

42. Shazam

43. YouTube Official Artist Channel

44. Deezer


46. Lyrics

47. Submit Your Songs to Pandora

Before you Release

48. Preorders

49. Music Charts

50. Pre-save and Pre-Add

51. Publicity

52. Timing

53. Analytics



Hey musician friends and colleagues!

Many of you have asked me for advice on how to release an album or single as an independent artist. For five years, with each release, I gathered a list of the basic essentials. I want to share this “checklist” with you.

Though every album release is unique. There are basic requirements and steps in common with all releases across all genres. To distribute your music, attract a fanbase and receive payments, there is a lot of paperwork. You must make plans and do research.

If you are an independent musician, you might not have a lot of free time, a label or street team.

This e-book is a checklist I wish I had when I released my first EP. There is no commentary or fluff in this list. It contains the bullet points, precise links and instructions. It is a starting place for your release and an introduction to some music biz basics.

It will help you level the playing field and get heard in the crowd. It will save you hundreds of hours of research and give you more time to do what you love—making music.

It’s available on Amazon Kindle and my website for the price of a cup of coffee.

So, let’s put aside the guitar, bass or those drumsticks for a while – and let’s focus on getting this necessary work done.

Wish your album or single be a great success! And, your music heard and appreciated by enthusiastic fans around the world.


Olivia Hadjiioannou

Olivia Hadjiioannou is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and director. She is an independent musician who performs under the moniker “Oh.”

She made her debut in 2013 with the rock EP, “Sleeping World.” “Trials”—a song about the struggles of her ‘lost generation’—won an international music video award and was selected by the Greek press as one of the top-50 events to mark Greece during the economic crisis.

From 2015 to 2018, she released four single-ballads “Love Will Heal”, “Love of Avalanches”, “I’m In Love” and “Deserted Eyes”.

The music video for “Love of Avalanches” was one of the first handmade 360 virtual reality (VR) videos on YouTube and was showcased at NAB 2016. The 3D WebGL interactive experience made for the launch of the single “I’m in Love” was nominated on in 2017. And finally, “Deserted Eyes” won three international music video awards, most recently in the London Greek Film Festival in 2018.

Her other releases include two progressive metal concept albums “Synemotion” and “Metallia” which are to be part of a trilogy. She is the co-author of the e-book, “The Ultimate Album Release Checklist”.

Her work can be viewed on her website and you can connect with her on social media @olitunes.


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1 review for The Ultimate Album Release Checklist

  1. Peter

    Thank you for compiling this exhaustive list. Really saves a lot of trouble and time searching online for all this information.

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