There are 3 different situations for what changes you can make to your releases once they have been delivered to the DSPs.Note that the following explanation applies regardless of whether the release is already live or not — as long as it has been already delivered to the music services, this will apply:


1. CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE ON YOUR OWN BY SIMPLY SENDING AN UPDATE


When modifying any of the following aspects of your release, you can:

  • Do so directly yourself without help from our support team
  • Send the update to the DSPs without taking down your original release


Here is what you can change/update:

  • Release cover image and title (as long as the image text matches the associated metadata – and vice versa – for the release)
  • Language localization for artist names, submissions, and original/public domain tracks
  • Additional artist names & roles
  • Record label name IMPORTANT: if your account is set up as a parent-child account, then you must impersonate your child account before modifying the release's label. The only exception to this is if you are modifying the label on the Inspection page. There it is safe to do so without impersonating the child account.
  • Track title and additional artist names & roles
  • Genre
  • P and C lines
  • Publishing information
  • Preview clip start time
  • Explicit lyrics
  • Distribution territories
  • Pricing tier
  • Sale start date 

PROCEDURE

Simply edit your release and send the update to the DSPs



2. CHANGES THAT REQUIRE ASSISTANCE FROM SUPPORT (BUT WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE A TAKEDOWN OF YOUR RELEASE)

Here is what you can change/update:

  • Original release date (if you do not already have a UPC/EAN)
  • Corrections for audio errors (like blank space, static or other corruption).
    • In other words, you are keeping the same track/song (same ISRC) and you only need to replace the audio file,  and your new audio file is exactly the same length/duration (give or take 1 second at most) as the audio file which you first distributed. If there is more than a 1 second difference, please read the instructions for case #3. You will need to create a new release; it will not work to try to update your existing release: the DSPs will reject your update.

PROCEDURE

Email us indicating the release ID or UPC.



3. CHANGES THAT REQUIRE A TAKE DOWN OF YOUR RELEASE


Here are the items you cannot change without taking down your release. Note that this is true even if your release isn't live yet. 

  • Track order
  • Track count
  • UPCs / ISRCs
  • Audio changes that do not correct an audio error and/or significantly change the track length


In such cases, the DSPs require you to create a new release with a new UPC.


PROCEDURE

  1. Create a new release with the changes
  2. Distribute the new release
  3. Take down the old release
  4. Add to the name of your old release " - DO NOT DISTRIBUTE" so that you don't get confused and redistribute the release. You should do the same to the old track with the bad audio if you had to change the audio file on one of your tracks.


4. CHANGES THAT REQUIRE CONTACTING THE DSP


Changing an artist name for any of the following roles: 

  • Primary artist
  • Featuring artist
  • Remixer


PROCEDURE

  1. Log in to your artist's Spotify for Artist and Apple for Artist account and make a request to update the artist name.
  2. Once the change has been confirmed (note that it may 3-10 days) you can update the artist's name directly in Rights Holders > Artists
  3. Redeliver the release.