Get your music on Korea’s largest music store for free

We are thrilled to announce our latest partnership with Korean music store Bugs, the largest music store in Korea.

It’s been a pretty special week for us at RouteNote as we’ve just announced our 22nd partner in the shape of Korea’s biggest music store Bugs. This is our second partnership in the last week as we continue to grow and expand our opportunities for independent artists to get their music around the world to all of the top stores and services.

You can upload your music to Bugs as well as the other top streaming services and stores in the world like Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, and many more at www.routenote.com. The best part is, it’s completely free to upload your music to all of the worlds best streaming services and download stores.

All previously uploaded releases will automatically be uploaded to Bugs. If you would like any or all of your past releases to not be added to Bugs please get in contact at support@routenote.com with your UPC and we can prevent it from being uploaded.

RouteNote and Saavn are taking your music to India’s top streamer

We are very happy to announce a new partnership with Saavn, India’s top music streaming service.

We’ve just launched our 21st partnership here at RouteNote with Saavn, home to the best in Indian and Bollywood music. The streamer is India’s favourite place to come for all their favourite music and streaming needs.

As well as being the top music and audio streaming service in India, Saavn are also big distributors of English, Bollywood, and regional Indian music around the world.

Our partnership with Saavn allows you to get your music on India’s favourite streaming service and get your work heard even further around the world. Just select Saavn as a store when you upload your music and we’ll send it over to them for the world to hear.

All previously uploaded releases will automatically be uploaded to Saavn. If you would like any or all of your past releases to not be added to Saavn please get in contact at support@routenote.com with your UPC and we can prevent it from being uploaded.

YouTube changes make it way harder to make money from videos as small creator on Partner Program

After a simultaneously difficult and monumental year for YouTube they are ready to look at the year ahead with changes to their YouTube Partner Program.

Last year was a massive year for creators on YouTube as more-and-more found careers making videos there. But advertisers concerns over certain content from the biggest players led to a lot of changes throughout the platform in regards to monetisation. After a year of lessons YouTube have made their decisions.

The main changes to the partner program is the requirements to join will be increased. Last April YouTube set the requirements at 10,000 lifetime views on your channel before you could become a partner and monetise your videos. The criteria has changed from views to time watched and subscriber count.

To join the YouTube Partner Program now you will require:

  • 4,000 hours of watch time on your videos
  • 1,000 subscribers

The threshold for joining is to ensure that the channels accepted into their partner program follow YouTube’s guidelines and policies which have gotten a lot stricter in the past year. YouTube say they have arrived at these new requirements “after thorough analysis and conversations with creators”.

Next month the change will take place retroactively for existing channels as they’re allowing 30 days of transition. From February 20th any channels with less than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours won’t be allowed to earn money.

Whilst this move will obviously upset a lot of creators this will unfortunately apply for all of YouTube, including those partnered through RouteNote. YouTube justify their decision, saying: “99% of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90% earning less than $2.50 in the last month.”

YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan, and Chief Business Officer, Robert Kyncl, said: “Even though 2017 was a challenging year, thanks to creators like you, it was full of the moments that make YouTube such a special place. Creators large and small, established and emerging, transformed their talent and originality into videos that captivated over a billion people around the world.”

If you have any questions about your position with RouteNote Studios following these changes please get in contact at youtube@routenote.com.

RouteNote partner with 7Digital to take your music even further

We are very happy to announce that we have partnered with a new store and you can now select 7Digital for your music distribution.

7Digital have been running since 2004 building up their brand and the services they offer. 7Digital now work with some of the biggest brands in the world providing music to the BBC, eMusic, Panasonic, Technics as well as many more. They have also built up their assets to include a range of music services and companies with fingers in pots all around the industry.

Their speciality is providing music to businesses and services around the world, and now you can spread your music’s reach even further by selecting 7Digital as a store when you upload through RouteNote. 7Digital don’t just give the music over to third-parties as they also specialise in creating tools that expand services and listening experiences like recommended music and playlisting.

We are excited to start working with 7Digital and hope you enjoy the opportunity to release your music even further to the world. All past releases will automatically be uploaded to 7Digital. If for any reason you would not like your release(s) to be sent to 7Digital please send an email to support@routenote.com with your username and any UPCs you would like not to be uploaded.

How to make sure your music is uploaded before the Holidays 2017

The holidays are upon us and that means some changes to our schedule for uploading your music as we get ready for a small festive break to get us rared up for another year of amazing music.

Here’s all you need to know to make sure your music is up when you want it before the new year:

To get your release on stores by
12/8/2017
12/15/2017
12/22/2017
12/29/2017
1/5/2018
Upload to RouteNote by
November 28th, 2017 (PST)
December 5th, 2017 (PST)
December 5th, 2017 (PST)
December 12th, 2017 (PST)
December 12th, 2017 (PST)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           If you upload your music after these dates then we cannot assure your release(s) will be uploaded by the release date you desire.
Due to an increase of uploads over the holidays we recommend that you do not make changes between the 20th December and the 1st January 2018. We will be back to usual in the New Year.

Introducing ShoeBox Collection: The new home to the best of RouteNote music

We would like to welcome you to our new YouTube channel featuring the latest and greatest music coming from RouteNote.

At RouteNote we distribute thousands of amazing artists from the massively popular to fresh faces just entering the music industry to music services around the world. With the amount of brilliant tunes we hear every day we want to share the love with you! That’s why we bring you ShoeBox Collection.

We already have Outertone, our collection of incredible electronic music and artists. Now with ShoeBox Collection we have a new hub for all of the outstanding bands playing rock, shoegaze, ambient, indie, post-punk and alternative music.

You can catch all the latest music coming out of ShoeBox on our new YouTube channel and the new Spotify playlist where awesome new tracks will be added regularly.

We’ve just started ShoeBox and we hope you will think it is as great as we do, so go and check out some great music as we build a new platform for getting our excellent artists heard. If you’re a band making music then upload your music at https://routenote.com today for your very own chance to feature on the ShoeBox Collection too!

This is a collection of our favourite bands that we love to hear come through RouteNote, and we think you’ll love them too!

Check out some of our music so far and subscribe to the ShoeBox Collection channel!

Follow ShoeBox Collection on Spotify!

Stay in the mix with all the latest coming out of ShoeBox Collection by following the official Facebook and Twitter.

RouteNote partners with South Korea’s MelOn music store

RouteNote are thrilled to announce a new partnership with MelOn, bringing our global roster of talented artists to South Korea.

MelOn is a South Korean music store that has been running since 2004 and owned by LOEN Entertainment since 2009. MelOn has an impressive 2.3 million users just in South Korea who download and stream music from MelOn’s music service.

What does this mean as a RouteNote user?

This simply means that there is one more store and another few million people who you can distribute your music to, for free, and get heard even further around the world. All previous releases will automatically be uploaded to MelOn so you don’t need to do anything and your music will get a whole new audience!

If you would like to opt-out of your music being added to MelOn please email support@routenote.com with your username.

What is MelOn?

MelOn aren’t just a music service but a major influence in South Korea’s unique music consumption. In 2013 they were ranked as the 3rd most influential entity in K-pop – South Korea’s broad and massively popular musical “genre”. MelOn’s name is an acronym for Melody On.

MelOn can be accessed through a variety of devices including digital cameras, as well as the expected smartphones, digital audio players and portable media players. Users can enjoy features such as language and images on the desired song or album, SNS sharing, music listening, music video playback and download, mobile phone music transfer, and iTunes integration. Melon also allows you create custom ringtones – which is pretty cool.

MelOn have won a variety of awards since launching 13 years ago, including:


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Alan Walker up for British Single of the year at BRIT Awards

RouteNote are massively proud to announce that one of the biggest acts on our services, Alan Walker is up for a BRIT Award for British Single of the year!

RouteNote were thrilled to see today that the excellent producer and DJ, Alan Walker is up for British Single of the Year at the BRIT Awards. Alan Walker is one of the many artists RouteNote are proud to have on our various platforms. The Norwegian producer broke out in 2015 with his hit single Faded which peaked at number 1 in the charts for over 10 companies and has since been building his reputation as one of the world’s top DJs.

Now at just age 19 the incredibly talented producer Alan Walker will be up against other major acts including Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Tinie Tempah, Zayn and more of the world’s biggest artists for British Single of the year. The shortlist was announced a week before Alan Walker made a giant win at the Norwegian Grammy’s, winning Song of the Year for his hit single ‘Faded’.

Speaking on his Facebook profile Walker said: “Extremely happy to get a nomination for British Single of the Year at BRIT Awards! Thank you so much!”

The 2017 Brit Awards will take place at The O2 in London on 22nd February and will mark the 37th annual awards ceremony for the British Phonographic Industry. The awards will be hosted by X Factor host Dermot O’Leary and The Voice host Emma Willis.

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Twitter – twitter.com/IAmAlanWalker


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RouteNote lets you distribute your music to all of the major stores and services, including Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal and many more!

Sign up free today at www.routenote.com.

RouteNote Offices closed for the holidays, back on January 3rd

The holiday season is upon us again and whether or not you celebrate Christmas it’s a time to come together and appreciate what we have, as the RouteNote team will be.

It’s been an incredible year for RouteNote this year. We’ve seen record numbers of new users and tracks and every day our artists cease to surprise and amaze us with their fantastic music from all corners of the earth, covering all genres imaginable.

Now it’s time for us to take a quick break so we’re ready to take on all the great new music you guys have to offer in the new year.

The RouteNote offices will be closed from the 23rd December to the 3rd January.
We will be unable to respond to emails and uploads until we return.

So thanks to all of our lovely users for making 2016 our best year yet and here’s to an even bigger year in 2017!

Happy Holidays!