I uploaded my release but it's not published. Why did this happen?
As of late, the reviewing criteria of our artists' releases has become more strict, looking into every detail and aspect of the material we receive from hundreds of artists every day.
There are several reasons why a release can be rejected, reopened, or taken down.
The reasons are (but are not limited to):
- Nazi and/or anti-Semitic propaganda.
- Pornographic (explicit and suggestive) audio and cover art.
- Pedophilia and zoophilia (explicit and suggestive) in the cover art.
- Snuff content and sensitive material (such as, but not limited to, wars, famines, COVID).
- A leaked audio that has not yet been uploaded by a famous artist.
- Using the name of a famous artist as a collaborator or a featuring artist to become famous.
- An unauthorized remix of a song that belongs to a famous artist.
- Fraudulent streams and/or the use of bots to increase streams.
- Duplicated content
- Risky content
- Metadata with misinformation
- Symbols or images that are hurtful and encourage hate.
Any other suspicious performance of the artist or user is grounds for their material to be removed without prior notice.
Why should Independent artists beware of streaming fraud?
Streaming fraud is a serious problem in the music industry. However, the issue runs deeper than just buying streams. Even if you decide to work with a service that claims to be legitimate, they might be using the same methods you’re trying to avoid. You need to be conscious of scammers, bots, and misinformation. That is why we’re here to help you understand how it works and how you can avoid it.
How it works
Buying fake streams on major streaming platforms is nothing new. Of the most common, third parties who promise playlist placements or a specific number of streams in exchange for compensation are likely using illegitimate practices without your knowledge.
Although technology has advanced enough to make it easy for people to utilize illegal strategies like these, Spotify has been working hard on implementing their own best practices and systems to combat stream manipulation on their site.
1. Fake streams steals rightful revenue from other independent artists.
Streaming services operate with a system called a “shared pool” model, which splits all income according to the total number of streams accrued. If the numbers are being sabotaged by fake streams, real musicians with honest streams don’t get the money they deserve.
To learn more about just how deeply this affects artists all over the world, check out the article here.
2. It limits future opportunities.
Higher numbers don’t equal more talent. When labels notice you’ve faked your listeners, they share that information with the music industry. At this point, you’ve lost your reliability and any opportunities that could have taken place.
3. Your account will be suspended and/or deactivated.
With today’s constantly evolving technology, streaming platforms are now able to automatically scope out fraudulent streams and artists. If you’re caught, your account may be suspended and/or deactivated and all of your content will be removed from our platform without prior notice. You will not have the right to object since there is ZERO tolerance for these practices. In addition to the fact that our service will be denied to you in the future, forcing you to start over again.
4. You are wasting your time & money.
Don't waste your time and money falsifying streams. It is best to invest your money in legitimate marketing, proper ads and other good tactics to organically improve your stats online. Do your research and find reputable services that you can be sure are doing the right thing.
5. You will not be paid for fake streams
The stores will not pay royalties to whoever is found guilty of false streamings, as well as taking legal action against those who do this type of practice until reaching the ultimate consequences.
Remember, there’s no way to gain thousands of dedicated monthly listeners overnight. However, there are plenty of legitimate ways to make it happen over time.
For more information and guidance, you can always read our terms and conditions.