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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Domain Name
2. Social Media Profiles
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
14. Concert Listings
15. Photo shoot
16. Write your bio
17. Press Kit
18. License any cover songs
20. Split Sheet
Performing Rights Organizations
21. Register with a Performing Rights Organization (PRO)
Specs, Files, Codes, Graphics
22. UPC and ISRC Codes
25. Album Art
26. Digital Distribution
27. Going Live Times
28. Direct-to-fan sales
29. CDs and Vinyl
30. Register with SoundExchange
31. Music Reports
Sales Tracking & Music Charts
32. Register with SoundScan
33. Nielsen Broadcast Data System (BDS)
Music Metadata Recognition
37. Crowdsourced Music Databases
38. Review Aggregators
39. Google Play Music
43. YouTube Official Artist Channel
47. Submit Your Songs to Pandora
Before you Release
49. Music Charts
50. Pre-save and Pre-Add
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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 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 Awwwards.com 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 olitunes.com and you can connect with her on social media @olitunes.
Multi-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.
The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK
The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.
“Metallia” by Oh. is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.
This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.