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How do I release a cover song?
How do I release a cover song?
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As the digital music services we distribute to will have the necessary licenses in place to cover for this, there are only a few things that you'll have to think about before uploading your cover song with us.

When we say cover songs, we mean...

A cover song is a song that you performed and recorded yourself, but the music and lyrics were written by someone else. A cover song is a straightforward interpretation of a song and no significant changes have been made to either the melody or the lyrics. If you for example translate the lyrics to another language, it's no longer considered to be a cover song and you'll have to provide us with written permission from the music publishing company representing the original song in order to release it.

Metadata requirements

Alongside all usual metadata guidelines, we have listed the most common mistakes we see on cover songs for you below.

  • The name of the artist who performed on the original recording of the song has no place in your metadata/on your release.

  • The names of the songwriters however must be added as composers (music/melody) and lyricists (lyrics). How to credit songwriters, producers, and remixers >>

  • The title of the song must be exactly the same as the original. For example, you can't add any additional information to the title such as (Cover) or (Reggae Version) without having written permission from the music publishing company representing the original song.

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