Spotify offers free direct uploads for indie artists

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It's a new feature of Spotify for Artists, which lets musicians track users' listening stats and submit tracks for playlist consideration.

Still, uploads represent another way for musicians and Spotify to cut out middlemen.

The new feature will be seen warily by record labels, which have reached licensing deals with Spotify and have increasingly sought close partnerships with the company. And according to MBW, it's also not charging any additional commission on the royalties generated.

Indeed, an artist would need to own the copyright for the all of songs they are uploading to the app.

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been gearing up to this for some time.

Spotify, the world's most popular streaming music site, is looking to expand its library of tunes from independent artists. The company has already tested the feature with a few hundreds USA -based independent artists - including Noname, Michael Brun, VIAA, and Hot Shade - who gave their feedback, and in the coming weeks they will be inviting more - "make sure to join our mailing list so you'll be the first to know about any new announcements", the company stresses.

A post on the Spotify blog goes into further detail regarding the new move: "Just like releasing through any other partner, you'll get paid when fans stream your music on Spotify". The key objective that we're pursuing is taking the data and insights that we're generating on our platform, and creating tools that allow artists and labels to better market themselves in the marketplace. Using the dedicated tool, artists can preview how their releases will look on Spotify and make metadata edits after they've gone live, while royalty payments will be made automatically each month.

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