Waterfall Release/Releasing tracks from an album separately

You can use a track in a single and re-release it again in an album with other tracks. Doing so will require you to create multiple releases.

First, create the release for the single track you want to re-release later and keep a record of the ISRC for the track.

Later, when you submit the full album, you'll need to re-use the same track file & ISRC that you used on the single for it to match on partners as the same track version. Re-using the ISRC will help DSPs identify it as one track, and all play data will be saved for that track.

You can repeat this process for multiple tracks on the album release if you'd like, or you can even do an album made entirely of previously released singles.

For each release you create, you will be required to use a new UPC and catalog number since these are all different products.

Once the album goes live, you can either take down the single(s) or leave them up.

Please note that for Instagram/Facebook and TikTok, it is advised to leave the initial singles up rather than take them down. The UPC/ISRC combination needs to be the same in order to retain the correct matching of video posts to their respective tracks on these platforms.

How to set up a waterfall release:

In a waterfall release, each release will be its own product, having separate URIs/URLs on DSPs. 
The best way to do this is:
  1. Deliver release A (e.g. Single 1) - release A goes live.
  2. Delivery of release B (Single 2 + Single 1) under a new UPC—release B goes live. Please make sure track metadata + ISRC for “Single 1" is an exact match to previously delivered releases.
  3. When track linking happens on release A (Single 1) and release B ( which contains Single 1), you can issue a takedown for release A.
  4. Repeat for however many singles you'd like to waterfall.
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