January 28th, 2014
That´s right! You will now find data from a bunch of new territories in Spotify Trends. This means you have a even more accurate daily overview of your spotify plays then ever before. Below is a list of the new territories you can now view data for - you will also now find these included in the tab showing plays per country.
New territories added:
January 15th, 2014
So, here we come to the first new feature of 2014!
We had a lot of feedback these past months about the current renewal system which requires you to manually renew your release every year. Some peeps were forgetting to renew their release and this has in some cases led to bad situations.
Recurring subscriptions will remove this eventuality by automatically renewing your release every year. In other words, when you publish a new release a yearly subscription will be created which will (after 1 year) automatically make a new subscription payment. Likewise, when you renew an existing release we will also create an recurring subscription for additional years of distribution you would like to have.
In both cases we will of course send multiple reminders and notifications that you have a subscription coming up and give you ample time to cancel or takedown your release should you wish to.
When rolling out this new functionality we also took the opportunity to give existing renewals interface a face lift. This now has a new and more clear layout and enables you to manage your subscriptions with ease.
We have some new features coming soon - so stay tuned!
January 1st, 2014
Firstly, a very happy new year to all. 2013 was a very exciting year with many landmark events and achievements.
New graphs and features were added to the royalties & reports page, a new helpdesk was launched as well as other improvements to the website. We added Google Play and Simfy to the distribution list and welcomed over 10,000 new artists and labels to our service. Perhaps most exciting of all was the launch of the discovery tool and seeing the first artist get a record deal with Sony Music via the new partnership.
Looking at 2014 we know that this too will be an exciting year. We have some major improvements to the website scheduled and some great new partnerships in the pipeline with the aim of creating more opportunities for all of you using our platform.
From the whole team here at Record Union - happy new year and all the best for 2014.
December 10th, 2013
Important! Between Saturday 21st December and Friday 27th December the iTunes content system will be on holiday mode.This means that during this time the content system will not be processing or making available any new music. Content scheduled to go live between this period will not available until after December 27.
Please keep this in mind when publishing any new releases to iTunes. If you have any questions concerning this and how this might affect you releases don’t hesitate contact us.
October 31st, 2013
Albatroaz - who recently signed to Sony Music as part of our collaboration to discover up and coming artists - is now number 29 on the most Spotify track Toplist in Sweden.
The story of Albatraoz is both fun and fascinating and we are certain that together we can create more success stories such as these.
We would like to congratulate Albatraoz and the fine team at Sony Music Sweden for their amazing work.
The big question now is: how much further on the charts will this track climb?
October 9th, 2013
It is with great excitement that we announce the first success story of the recent collaboration between Record Union and Sony Music. Albatraoz, the Swedish artist responsible for the self named cult hit “Albatraoz” has now signed record deal with Sony Music as a direct result of being part of the discovery feature.
It all started when a few hungover friends were watching soccer and drinking coffee. Band member Aron Ekberg had a beat on his computer and asked his friends if they wanted to sing along. In his own words, this is is what happened next.:
“…3 hours later the song Albatraoz was created. We wanted to put it up on Spotify so we found Record Union who helped us upload the track on Spotify. Suddenly the song had 20,000 plays a day and we had a record deal with Sony Music. We keep going, we have a lot of new material in the pipeline, hopefully even better”
Currenlty, Albatraoz is ranked 64 on the Spotify charts in Sweden and has no indication of slowing down. A video is due to be released soon.
The signing of Albatraoz is solid proof that the collaboration with Sony Music is creating real opportunities for artists on Record Union who are interested in working with an established record label.
Already we have seen numerous major label signings of indie artists distributing through Record Union (Vinsten, Medina) - with the Sony Music talent team actively listening to music released on Record Union it is just a matter of time before we have new success stories to announce.
October 1st, 2013
Today we have rolled out a new and massively improved interface for viewing and keeping track over royalty payments. This huge overhaul of our old Royalty & Reports page contains a number of key improvements and additions, here is an overview:
- - First and foremost, we have built a powerful graphing tool enabling you to view and compare how much your music has generated on each service. This also provides the option of viewing total royalties per each store for one or multiple releases.
- - This update also includes a improved summary page giving you an overview of all royalties at a glance
- - Also revamped is the transaction overview which shows you all the payment you have received from all the different digital services your music is available on. This statement can also be downloaded in spreadsheet format.
You can access this new page right now by logging into your Record Union account and heading to the “Royalties & Reports” page. We hope you like!
If you have feedback or experience any issues using the feature contact our support team and we will check it out right away.
September 24th, 2013
With an estimated over 800 million active Android devices by the end of 2013, Google Play™ is a major player in the digital space.
Today we are excited to announce that all artists and labels using Record Union will now be able to get in on the action and publish their music on the Google Play store and Music All Access streaming service!
Having your music on Google Play Music™ will put it within easy reach of the millions of people using the service to purchase and discover new music everyday. Fans can also create their own personalized radio stations with your music and share them with friends. Google Play Music also has a built in recommendation system which will help to spread your music by suggesting it to new new listeners who listen to your kind of music. The “Music All Access” subscription tier enables all of this but also users the ability store your music “in the cloud” and while making it streamable (both offline and online) across all their android devices without needing to sync.
Google Play Music is right now available in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.
We hope you are excited as us about the new opportunities that Google Play presents - both as a new potential revenue stream but also as an opportunity to introduce your music to new listeners on millions of devices around the world!
How do I get my music on Google Play?
As always when we add new digital services we will deliver your existing release their without any cost to you. Initial delivery of music released on Record Union is schedule for the 30th September. On this date you will also be able to select Google Play in the stores list when you publish a new release!
If you would not like your music to be delivered to Google Play then please fill out this form. Releases added here will not be delivered and therefor will not become available on Google Play. For any questions, please contact content(at)recordunion.com
August 22nd, 2013
You asked for it, you got it! Today we are pleased to announce new email notifications which will inform when your new releases become available on iTunes and Deezer. Previously this has only been available for Spotify, but now you will get notifications the day your music becomes available on these services too.
When our link finder tool detects your release is available you will get an email which notifies of this and also contains a direct link to your release on this service.
These notifications are particularly useful if you have not set a specific release date and want to be the first to know your music has been processed and made available.
In addition, these links will now automatically show on the “Find music here” widget located on your album page. This means people browsing the Record Union website will easily be able to find your releases live on different digital services without you having to add these links yourself. Happy time!
July 18th, 2013
Dear friends! Over the last years we have made many improvements and developed new features on the Record Union service. Many of these have been based on ideas and feedback from all of you using our distribution service.
To make it easier for you to provide feedback and make feature suggestions we have recently set up a feedback forum. This enables you to easily add your ideas and even vote up feature suggestions made by others.
Would you like to see more statistics tools? What payment types would you like to have on the website? Which new digital services should we connect to?
If you have any feedback at all then let us know via the feedback forum!