What are the requirements for titles of albums and tracks?

The paragraph below provides insights into commonly made errors.

  • Avoid non-standard capitalizations, as some DSP stores may reject them. 
  • Do not include your creator name in the track title.
  • Exclude track numbers from the track title.
  • If the release is a single, the track title & release title must be the same. (same for version field).

However, to ensure that your release is distributed by Winamp, it is recommended to read the entire paragraph as indicated below.

Titles of albums and tracks

Accuracy. Albums and tracks’ titles should always match the cover image titles as accurately as possible without any class of abbreviation. We highlight that it is not mandatory to place all the metadata on top of the image; however, it will be necessary to add what is expressed there and justify it in the metadata. 

Additional information. All titles of albums and tracks should not include additional information, unless it is really necessary for the identification of the content - neither the name of the artist as long as it really is the official name (i.e.:  “John, the King of Salsa”). Therefore, that implies the fact that none of the role names featured in the release can be a part of a title.

  • Mainstream artists. Avoid the use of names from artists who belong to the mainstream culture.

    • Multiple titles for album and tracks. The albums and tracks containing multiple titles must be separated with a slash (“/”). Please insert a space before and after the slash.

    • Tracks version information. To differentiate between multiple versions of the same track or indicate that a track is different from its original version, use the corresponding description in its version field. The information relevant to the release will be placed in the field version, avoiding its placement in the title.

  • Unnecessary version information. The standard version, (i.e., the original version of a track) must not include additional information. For instance: “Original Version”, “Album Version”, “Original Mix”, etc.

    • Live content. If a track is recorded live, it must be indicated in the version field as "Live", "Ao Vivo", "En Vivo", and so on, accordingly to the language of the album. If all tracks are recorded live, it must also be indicated in the version field of the album.

    • References to physical content, digital content, or content which is not included. The album titles should not include terms referring to contents which are not included in the album, such as physical formats, digital formats or geographic location. Some examples: “Mono”, “Stereo”, “E-Release”, “Digital Version”, “Digital Only”, “Digital Download”, “Booklet Included”, “European Edition”, “American Edition”, etc. “BPM”, “Hz” and other technical sound aspects cannot be included either.

    • References to video format. The titles must not include references to the video format or specifications like “Video”, “Clip”, “PAL” or “Music Video”.

    • Deluxe Edition / Extended” and “Bonus Tracks use. A "Deluxe Edition” or “Extended” release can be published when a previous album version exists, providing additional material to the first one. The incorporation of the old material can't be omitted. As well, a “Bonus Track” will be accepted if it is included in this type of release. It must be indicated on the field “Version or remix”. In no case will a track be titled as “Bonus Track”.

    • Use of "Exclusive" or "Limited Edition". The titles of albums and/or tracks must not contain terms such as "Exclusive" or "Limited Edition" as the titles are a permanent part of the content.

    • Versions. To indicate that a version track is different from the original, please use the corresponding field for this purpose (for instance: “Pop Version”, “Piano Version”, “Rock Mix”, etc). Version information will not be accepted as a part of a title, except from “palos” (flamenco) and popular dances of the XXth century (like tango or vals), which must be indicated between parentheses after the main title. The information should follow the standard spelling, without abbreviations, and make a proper use of capitalization.

    • Clean Version. If there is a pre-existing version of a track which is originally explicit, use the expression “Clean Version” in the version field in order to mark the difference. In cases like these, please, contact our Support team to manage this kind of content correctly in the channels prior to the distribution of the content.

    • Remixes. In case certain content is remixed, the expression “Remix” must be included in the “Version or remix” field. In case a track or album is marked as remix, the use of the “remixer” role will be mandatory. The inclusion of the name of the remixer or the style of the remix is up to the user’s own discretion. 

 

 

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