TIDAL Isn’t Actually Going to Let Unsigned Artists Upload Their Music Directly…

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If you have a tip regarding TIDAL’s Discovery program email nina@digitalmusicnews.com. Confidentiality guaranteed.

TIDAL’s Chief Information Officer Vania Schlogel recently revealed information about the TIDAL Discovery program.  Schlogel said:

“When it comes to the distribution of music, I want to get a point where there are no blockades for artists in order to be able to easily do that for themselves…”

Now TIDAL has officially launched the Discovery program, and they want to clarify a few things…

Unsigned artists can’t actually upload their music directly to TIDAL. They have to sign a contract and distribute music through Phonofile or Record Union.

I’ve asked TIDAL for information on the terms of the contract, but they aren’t sharing that information. A number of third party distributors already distribute to TIDAL, so I’m not sure if there’s any real benefit to joining the Discovery program. Yeah, you’ll get featured on a TIDAL Discover page, but will people really be going to that page to find new music?



Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

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10 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Again, they can just use CD Baby for that. And again, I don’t know why anybody would want to…

  2. tcooke

    An EIN is required to sign up with Phonofile, meaning also a business bank account associated with the EIN. Aggregators do not require this, but it is probably well-advised to have a business account for your business activities.

  3. sean

    what made me laugh was they said they were interested in unsigned artists then you go to the site and they aren’t interested in unsigned artists from anywhere other than the states ( and it looks like they aren’t really interested in them either) they should call it tsunami fail

  4. JTVDigital

    Phonofile or Record Union are not the only ones who can deliver content to Wimp/Tidal.
    This is something that can be done via Tunecore, CDBaby and other distributors. We’ll be supporting distribution to Tidal soon as well.
    Nothing “new” in the fact that indies can get their music delivered there.

    • Tcooke

      Correct, but this has to do with Tidal Discovery. Different issue than distribution. I am not sure at all how it would work with other distributors and going thru phonofile.

  5. fishmonger

    “The Repertoire will be made exclusively available for the TIDAL streaming service for the first fourteen (14) days.”

    Don’t ever let a platform dictate what you do OUTSIDE of their platform

  6. Brummy

    14 days exclusivity, to a service with no users.

    Might as well walk down the block and set up a stand where you sell cassettes for the first 14 days