Best distribution companies in 2022

At RouteNote we provide all of the tools independent artists and labels need to distribute, earn money from and analyse their music online.

RouteNote’s goal is to help unsigned artists and labels upload and manage their music on stores, streaming services and social media platforms. But what helps RouteNote stand out from the crowd? On top of powerful easy-to-use tools, fast moderators, helpful support team and leaving artists with 100% of the rights to their music, our pricing strategy can rarely be beaten.

RouteNote Pricing

  • Free Distribution. Artist keeps 85% revenue.
    • Zero fees, zero recurring costs
  • Premium Distribution. Artist keeps 100% revenue. $9.99 per year, plus one-time fee:
    • Single: $10
    • EP: $20
    • Album: $30
    • Extended Album: $45
  • Unlimited uploads on both tiers
  • Unlimited artists on both tiers
  • Free UPCs and ISRCs
  • Fast moderation and support on both tiers
  • All features and stores are the same between tiers
  • No additional fees for any stores
  • Artists can switch tiers at any time

Click here to sign up to RouteNote today.

Click here to learn how to switch distributors, while keep the same stats and artist pages.


Amuse Pricing

  • Start Distribution: Free
    • 12 releases per year
    • One artist page
    • Slow distribution
    • Limited stores
    • Limited features
    • Limited support
    • Royalty split with 15% fee
  • Boost Distribution: $24.99 per year
    • Unlimited releases
    • One artist page
    • Faster distribution
    • More stores
    • More features
    • More support
    • Royalty split with 0% fee
    • YouTube Content ID with 15% fee
  • Pro Distribution: $59.99 per year
    • Unlimited releases
    • Multiple artist pages
    • Faster distribution
    • More features
    • Faster support
    • YouTube Content ID with 0% fee
    • Custom record label
    • Statements when requested

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. Amuse comparison.


AWAL Pricing

  • AWAL Core: Artist keeps 85% revenue
  • AWAL+: Smaller cut for artist depending on deal
  • AWAL Recordings: Smaller cut for artist depending on deal

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. AWAL comparison.


CD Baby Pricing

  • Artist keep 91% revenue, plus one-time fee:
    • Standard Single: $9.95.
    • Pro Single: $29.95
    • Standard Album: $29
    • Pro Album: $69
  • UPC
    • Single: $5
    • Album: $20

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. CD Baby comparison.


DistroKid Pricing

  • Musician: $19.99 per year
    • 1 artist
    • Limited features
    • Limited stats
  • Musician Plus: $35.99 per year
    • Up to 2 artists
    • More features
    • More stats
  • Label 5: $79.99 per year
    • Up to 5 artists
  • Label 10: $139.99 per year
    • Up to 10 artists
  • Label 20: $239.99 per year
    • Up to 20 artists
  • Label 50: $59.99 per year
    • Up to 50 artists
  • Label 100: $1199.99 per year
    • Up to 100 artists
  • Shazam: $0.99 per song, per year.
  • Stores Maximizer (delivery to new stores): $7.95 per album, per year.
  • YouTube Content ID: 20% fee, plus:
    • $4.95 per single, per year.
    • $14.95 per album, per year.
  • Leave a Legacy (release won’t be takendown due to missed payment):
    • $29 per single
    • $49 per album

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. DistroKid comparison.


Ditto Pricing

  • Artist: $19 per year
    • 1 artist
  • Professional: $29 per year
    • Up to 2 artists
  • Label: $69 per year
    • Up to 5 artists
  • Label: $119 per year
    • Up to 10 artists
  • Label: $159 per year
    • Up to 15 artists
  • Label: $199 per year
    • Up to 20 artists
  • Label: $249 per year
    • Up to 30 artists
  • Label: $299 per year
    • Up to 40 artists

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. Ditto comparison.


Level Pricing

  • $20 per year
  • Up to 5 artists

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. Level comparison.


ONErpm Pricing

  • Artist keeps 85% revenue on most stores
  • Artist keeps 70% revenue on YouTube Content ID

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. OneRPM comparison.


Spinnup

Spinnup are currently transitioning to an invite-only system, so it’s unclear whether their pricing will remain the same.

  • Single: $9.99 per year
  • EP: $19.99 per year
  • Album: $39.99 per year

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. Spinnup comparison.


TuneCore Pricing

  • Single: $9.99 per year
  • Album: $29.99 first year, $49.99 each following year.
  • YouTube Content ID: $10 and 20% fee
  • Instagram/Facebook: 20% fee

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. TuneCore comparison.


UnitedMasters Pricing

  • UnitedMasters: Free. Artist keeps 90% revenue.
    • Limited stores
  • UnitedMasters SELECT: $59.99 per year. Artist keep 100% revenue.

Click here for our full RouteNote vs. UnitedMasters comparison.

How to change music distributor from Spinnup to RouteNote

Can you switch music distributors now Spinnup is going invite-only? Yes. Transfer your music from Spinnup to RouteNote easily and for free. Here’s how.

Is Spinnup distribution kicking you out? Don’t lose your streams, artist page and all the hard work you’ve put into building your music brand! You need to move to an alternative distributor.

Switch from Spinnup to RouteNote distribution. Spinnup, owned by Universal Music Group, is moving to a curated invite-only model and has told its existing smaller artists their music will be taken down from platforms like Spotify.

This kind of favouritism is completely against our ethos here at RouteNote, where we offer free distribution for all indie artists who want to get their music heard, across every major platform from Apple Music to Amazon.

Spinnup's statement as it shift away from DIY distribution

Why should you choose RouteNote vs another distributor? RouteNote distribution removes all the barriers for entry to artists who want to get their music heard.

Covering 95% of the digital market and protecting your music on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, RouteNote lets you stay completely in control of your music – and it’s easy to switch over from Spinnup.  


How to transfer your music from Spinnup to RouteNote

There’s a couple of steps you have to take before you can switch to RouteNote from another distributor, but it’s a really simple process and you won’t lose any of your existing music:

Spinnup artists have until July 19th 2022 to transfer your music from Spinnup. You can’t upload duplicates to another distributor, so you’ll have to remove your music from Spinnup and have it taken down from streaming services and stores before you upload to RouteNote.

Spinnup has provided its own advice for switching music distributor here. Download your release files from Spinnup on My Releases tab. You can’t download your assets once your releases have been taken down by Spinnup.

Your music will stay on the same artist pages as when you distributed through Spinnup.

It’s vital to make note of your track metadata like ISRC and UPCs, so when you re-upload your music your tracks match, and you don’t lose your streams. Once you’ve released your tracks, check the plays to make sure they matched up correctly.


Is RouteNote free?

Any independent artist or label, big or small, can sign up to RouteNote Free or Premium distribution. Our Free music distribution is free forever – you keep 85% of revenues, and you never sign away the rights to your music.

Our Premium distribution makes RouteNote one of the cheapest music distributors. With Premium you keep 100% of your revenue for a small fee. You can switch between the two tiers or move distributors whenever you want. You’re never locked in.

There’s no surprise fees with RouteNote – you can upload unlimited tracks and artists and distribute to as many stores as you like, as well as protecting your music on YouTube with Content ID and monetising on social media like TikTok, without paying a penny more.

Whether on Free or Premium, our features are free – for example, you can select exactly when your release will go live for no extra charge, unlike DistroKid.


Your music is worth saving. Head here to find out more about what RouteNote can offer.

The free Spinnup alternative that’s open to everyone!

Spinnup just announced they’re going invite-only and reducing the number of artists on the platform. Learn about a better alternative here!

Universal Music Group’s digital music distribution arm just made a major change to their service. Not only are Spinnup shifting to invite-only, but they’re also asking many artists “to takedown their releases and transfer to a new distributor by July 19th 2022”.

Tired of getting booted off platform? With zero barriers to entry or fees, RouteNote wants to help the small artist and label succeed online. For fifteen years now, RouteNote has helped over 800k artists distribute almost 5 million tracks online, and we’re not going anywhere! There’s a reason RouteNote are the leading digital music distributor in Europe. We simplify music distribution, at competitive prices.

Regardless of the tier you choose, you have full access to all features, and can distribute to all of the same stores and streaming services, like Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, TIDAL, and many more, including social media platforms such as YouTube Content ID, Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud and TikTok. The artist always keeps 100% of the rights to their music and can switch tiers at any time.

  • RouteNote Free: Our Free tier has absolutely zero upfront of recurring fees. Upload as many songs, releases and artists as you like. You keep 85% of the revenue.
  • RouteNote Premium: For a small fee and $9.99 annual payment, Premium lets artists keep 100% of the revenue.

Click here to see how RouteNote stack up against the competition.

Click here to learn how to switch to RouteNote.

Click here to get started on RouteNote.

UMG’s distribution service Spinnup goes invite-only and “can’t accommodate all current Spinnup users”

“Spinnup is changing from an open DIY music distribution service” and “reducing the number of artists on the platform”.

Universal Music Group owned digital music distribution service Spinnup, were open to all artists looking to share their music to stores and streaming services. In a move kicking many artists off the platform, Spinnup are shifting their business model in a major way.

“On July 19th 2022, Spinnup is changing from an open DIY music distribution service to a curated artist discovery and distribution platform. This means we will be reducing the number of artists on the platform as we move into this new chapter.

Artists who are leaving Spinnup are being asked to takedown their releases and transfer to a new distributor by July 19th 2022, after that date we will need to begin taking down any remaining live releases from departing artists.”

“Spinnup is evolving into a fully curated invite-only artist discovery and music distribution platform. This change means we can’t accommodate all current Spinnup users.”

Spinnup on an FAQ page

Much like Stem, and AWAL – who partnered with Sony Music last year, an invite-only system, along with pricey upfront fees, make it near impossible for artists starting out to release their music online. According to Music Business Worldwide, AWAL are thought to reject roughly nine in every ten tracks submitted. It’s no surprise then, Spinnup’s move has received a significant amoung of backlash on social media.


A free and open Spinnup alternative

There is a solution for artists being forced off Spinnup. RouteNote provides free music distribution, for artists of all sizes and genres, without the barriers to entry. Artists always keep 100% of the rights! Watch the video below or click here to learn how to switch distributors, while keeping your hard earned statistics and artist pages.

Bad Bunny breaks Drake’s record as the most-streamed artist in one day on Spotify

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On release day of his new album, Bad Bunny was streamed 183 million times on Spotify, beating Drake’s record of 176.8 million daily streams.

Puerto Rican rapper and singer Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, recently dropped his fifth album Un Verano Sin Ti (“a summer without you”). As well as breaking the record as the most streamed artist in a single day, Bad Bunny saw all 23 tracks from the album in the top 30 of Spotify’s Daily Top Song Global Chart, with 9 in the top 10. Of course, none of this is surprising, with Bad Bunny being the most-streamed artist on Spotify in 2020 and 2021.

Spotify report, Bad Bunny now has over 35 billion total streams, by more than 344 million listeners. This new album’s release has pushed Bad Bunny above Ed Sheeran as the second most-streamed and estimated highest earning artist of all-time on Spotify, as well as the second biggest artist in the world.

The vibe in this album is so it can be your summer playlist. I personally see it like that album you play when you go on vacation to an island and you’re on the beach all day. Then you go back to your vacation resort and put it on while you’re getting ready to go for a late dinner with your friends. And on your way to that dinner you ask the driver to play the album again.

The album is very versatile, very Bad Bunny. But the versatility is different from the others; this one has different sounds—reggaeton, dembow, reggae influence, afro beats—and all of them relate to the Caribbean beats. They all feel happy and you want to dance to them.

Bad Bunny told Spotify’s For the Record

Looking to break Bad Bunny’s record with your own music? Upload to Spotify today for free via RouteNote.

Top 10 most-streamed artists of all-time on Spotify in 2022

Rather than Spotify’s monthly listeners, we take a look at the all-time streams of every track from artists’ catalogues.

Monthly listeners are a great way to see which artists are currently popular on the streaming service, whereas this list is a great way to see the most popular artists in the last decade (since streaming’s growth). Find more Spotify top tens such as the most-streamed tracks of 2021, most-streamed songs of the summer, most-streamed songs in a single day and the most-streamed female artists by monthly listeners.

An artist’s all-time streams aren’t shared by Spotify with the public, so this data comes from ChartMasters. Updated daily, ChartMasters explain their methodology and admit the full list of 1,000 artists may not be 100% accurate. Their data is “based on streams from tracks available inside their personal page’s sections Albums, Singles and Compilations. They are combined together and defined as “Lead streams”.” Appears on streams such as featured tracks are not counted towards lead streams or the ranking, but this number is listed.

First up is Drake, with a whopping 46 billion streams.

1. Drake

  • Lead streams: 46,697,543,955
  • Featured streams: 18,001,099,588
  • Number of tracks: 248

The number two most played Spotify artist

2. Bad Bunny

  • Lead streams: 35,843,162,498
  • Featured streams: 4,620,978,012
  • Number of tracks: 164

3. Ed Sheeran

  • Lead streams: 35,801,925,406
  • Featured streams: 2,577,800,261
  • Number of tracks: 230

The number four most played Spotify artist

4. The Weeknd

  • Lead streams: 31,588,739,684
  • Featured streams: 3,963,254,649
  • Number of tracks: 180

5. Ariana Grande

  • Lead streams: 30,689,233,907
  • Featured streams: 1,964,296,072
  • Number of tracks: 181

6. Justin Bieber

  • Lead streams: 30,250,265,777
  • Featured streams: 10,588,515,720
  • Number of tracks: 224

7. Taylor Swift

  • Lead streams: 28,852,695,444
  • Featured streams: 395,228,397
  • Number of tracks: 320

8. Eminem

  • Lead streams: 28,368,411,475
  • Featured streams: 3,977,418,440
  • Number of tracks: 279

9. Post Malone

  • Lead streams: 27,852,251,588
  • Featured streams: 2,331,533,785
  • Number of tracks: 83

The number ten most played Spotify artist

10. BTS

  • Lead streams: 25,546,119,271
  • Featured streams: 199,545,522
  • Number of tracks: 253

RouteNote help independent artists and labels get their own music on Spotify are many more platforms for free.

How much money have the top 10 artists earned on Spotify in 2022?

A rough calculation of the figures some of the most-streamed artists have earned on the music streaming platform to date.

Last year we featured an infographic showing the total earnings of some of the most streamed artists on Spotify. This data from TopDollar was based on streams collected up until January 2021 by Kworb, however the actual total number of streams is quite different.

At the time, TopDollar estimated that the most-streamed artists on Spotify, Drake, had pulled in a total of 21.5 billion streams. Using Digital Music News’ calculation that one stream earns an average of $0.0049, as well as Music Business Worldwide’s calculation that around half of the revenue goes to the artist, TopDollar ended up estimating Drake’s earnings at over $52 million. Kworb’s total number of streams is based on daily and weekly top 200 data from Spotify, which is actually significantly lower than the real figure. Using Digital Music News and Music Business Worldwide’s calculations (number of streams x 0.0049 / 2) and ChartMasters’ latest total streaming numbers of the top ten artists, we calculate the estimated total earnings of the highest earning artists on Spotify as it stand in May 2022.

It should be noted, Digital Music News, Music Business Worldwide and ChartMasters’ figures are estimates. Spotify and other music streaming services do not pay artists a flat rate amount per stream, the split between artists and record labels (not to mention songwriters, managers, etc.) varies from artist to artist, and ChartMasters does not include featured streams in their “lead streams” statistics.

Unsurprisingly, Drake still holds the top spot with over $110 million in total earnings. Ariana Grande is the highest-earning female artist on Spotify, with BTS securing its position as the top-earning band. Don’t forget, Spotify is just one source of revenue for artists. The highest earning artists in the world have multiple sources of income from other stores, licensing deals, business ventures, live shows, merch sales, etc.


1. Drake

Total earnings: $114,408,982

Lead streams: 46,697,543,955


The number two most played Spotify artist

2. Bad Bunny

Total earnings: $87,815,748

Lead streams: 35,843,162,498


3. Ed Sheeran

Total earnings: $87,714,717

Lead streams: 35,801,925,406


4. The Weeknd

Total earnings: $77,392,412

Lead streams: 31,588,739,684


5. Ariana Grande

Total earnings: $75,188,623

Lead streams: 30,689,233,907


6. Justin Bieber

Total earnings: $74,113,151

Lead streams: 30,250,265,777


7. Taylor Swift

Total earnings: $70,689,103

Lead streams: 28,852,695,444


8. Eminem

Total earnings: $69,502,608

Lead streams: 28,368,411,475


9. Post Malone

Total earnings: $68,238,016

Lead streams: 27,852,251,588


10. BTS

Total earnings: $62,587,992

Lead streams: 25,546,119,271


Fancy keeping a little more of the pie than a measly 50%? When you distribute your music through RouteNote for free you keep 85%, or even 100% when you choose our Premium distribution plan.

Who are the biggest artists in the world in 2022?

Who’s the most popular music artist in the world right now? Check out the cross-platform best-performing artists in May 2022.

Here are the artists racking up the most streams and gaining the most new fans across the music world in 2022. As an artists gets more follows and listens on Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer, SoundCloud and other streaming platforms, and the better they perform on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and across the rest of social media, the closer they get to becoming the biggest artist in the world.

Justin Bieber takes the top spot, with millions of followers across socials and billions of plays on streaming services. The most popular female artist currently goes to Taylor Swift, while BTS are unsurprisingly the most popular band.

Any surprises here amongst the most popular artists in 2022?













The data is based on Chartmetric’s cross platform performance analysis, which takes into account the artist’s overall reach with listeners in terms of listens, views and consumption, and how many followers the artist has in their fanbase across the web.

Who’s your number one artist in 2022?


Want to release your music online? Check out RouteNote distribution. For free, you can put your tracks on Spotify, Apple Music and all the big streaming platforms, as well as making money from your music on social media like TikTok.

Find out more here and sign up to RouteNote today.

“There’s something about just letting the day’s stresses vanish” – interview with lo-fi label Alien Cake Music

Image Credit: Alien Cake Music

Independent record label Alien Cake Music, masters of the slow reverb music subgenre, chat to RouteNote about playlist curation and the benefits of lo-fi music.

Independent record label Alien Cake Music are on a major mission to make you chill out. With over 39,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, their lo-fi tracks released RouteNote have found cross-platform success, put out by an enthusiastic team.

When we linked up with Alien Cake Music for an interview, we chatted to a team clearly thrilled to be doing what all great indie record labels should do – releasing music they genuinely love.

A specialty of Alien Cake is slow reverb music, the chilled, slowed-down cover versions of familiar songs, and it seems listeners can’t get enough. Their playlist Alien Cake Lofi, described as “music to get you through the night,” has 76,000 likes on Spotify.

Tracks like Nirvana cover “Come as You Are” have done big things for the label, gaining tens of thousands of streams, and securing fans who regularly revisit their artists and playlists.

Read on to find out how they did it – and also discover the successes Alien Cake is most proud of beyond the numbers.


Tell us about Alien Cake Music!

Alien Cake Music: Alien Cake started as a purely creative instrumental project, used to escape the artist-driven production that our main producer was so immersed in. As a pair of music lovers that grew up in the 90’s, it felt natural to focus on music that inspired us in the first place and to express our influences in a new and creative way.

Alien Cake became a sort of escape from everything current and a visitation to the nostalgia of the golden era of grunge and Alt-rock. It just felt right, so we ran with it and have released nearly 200 tracks since!


90s vibes are big at the moment, from Lorde channelling Primal Scream to the re-emergence of pop punk, and a lot of your music from Alien Cake reflects that. Do you encourage your artists to chase trends?

Trends are seemingly such a prominent factor now, maybe more than ever, with the fast-paced content and our shortened attention spans as consumers. We certainly look at the trends as a point of inspiration.

However, being so focused on 90’s nostalgia, we tend to sort of look back at trends from that era more so than we do trends of this era, if that makes sense?

For example, we analyse biographical and chart-driven data from the 90’s to pull inspiration about what songs to turn into current lo-fi versions, and still pay homage to the original artists and scene. Naturally, that is what seems to work best for us.


With so much new music out there, labels have to work hard to break through the noise. Have you got any social media tricks you’d recommend for music promotion?

For us it is all about consistency. When you take a look at how fast trends come and go, it seems to be a bit counterproductive to always change your strategy to fit the current trends. It all stems from loving the shit out of what you do, doing it often – and keeping consistent.

We also love to take requests, and get some really cool suggestions. We try to do at least one song request a week and then shout out that person in a post.

Show your audience you’re there for them and continue to deliver consistently. We show up for them, and they’ll show up for us.


When you think back on what you’ve achieved as a label, what springs to mind first? For example, that might be an artist you were most proud to sign for personal reasons – not necessarily commercial success.

Our first notable achievement stemmed from us just shooting the shit and talking about how amazing Kurt Cobain was as a songwriter, and realising that his songs can literally be adapted to fit any genre. Fast-forward two days later and we had a super vibey lo-fi version of “Come As You Are” that proved the point.

When we released that and saw the attention it received, in conjunction with our pure joy of re-adapting a Kurt song and, in our opinion, retaining the artistic integrity, it was a good moment for us.


Releases by your artists include cover songs which are slowed with reverb, which have been racking up the streams. Why do think listeners enjoy them so much? Is it down to nostalgia for the original song?

I do think nostalgia has a big part in our music’s success. For us, personally, that is why we started creating this music. Listeners certainly sit back and relax, while reflecting on whatever emotions are stirred up when these 90’s anthems penetrate their ears in a way that is new.

As for slowed and reverb, this is a trend we’re really into at the moment ourselves as listeners as well.

There’s something about just letting the day’s stresses vanish, while appreciating whatever activity we might be doing at that moment.

I think our listeners use our music in the same way we enjoy it.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4jI0w5igu774l980bztksb?si=88564711ae1c4acd

You put out tracks five days a week, which is a commendable work ethic! How does online distribution make releasing music easier?

Our main producer is a bit mad like that haha. Some weeks he has completed 15-plus tracks between multiple projects.

Online distribution is so amazing, especially with RouteNote. The fact that we can schedule a release and have it live in stores two to three days later really helped us build our library quickly. This is paramount when building playlists and testing the waters, to see if listeners are going to eat it up… or not.

In addition, as a label, it allows us to track our releases with the detailed monthly stats we receive, and we can assess monthly goals and get the creative ideas fuelled by that data as well. (Shh, don’t tell our producer that we use data to drive creative decisions!)


How important do you think putting music on streaming services is for labels signing artists in 2022?

Having music on streaming services is a necessity in our opinion. With streaming services becoming more and more like social media platforms themselves, and vice versa, regularly posting content – in this case releases – is mandatory for acquiring listeners and getting them to come back.


And what do you look for when signing new artists?

Honestly, we are a small operation and really appreciate having very few moving parts. With that being said, dedication, consistency, and a true love for what we create is mandatory for an artist.

Being able to rely on an artist meeting deadlines, and creating super tasty tracks that have an edge to them, is key.


How do you hope Alien Cake Music will evolve?

Alien Cake plans to extend our library to cover other genres, to continue building our original music alongside our extensive library of covers, and we also plan to create merchandise to carry our branding into a physical medium.


What’s the best thing about running Alien Cake Music – and is there anything you wish you’d known before starting out?

We didn’t know anything starting this out, and that was probably the best situation to be in, otherwise we’d have been overthinking too much. So I can’t really say there is something we wish we knew prior to digging into this project.

The best thing about running Alien Cake Music is interacting with our audience and learning that we are doing something useful for them. The fact they listen to our music daily and interact with us is probably the coolest part.

Other than that, as 90’s kids making dope versions of 90’s songs we grew up with is a dream honestly.


Check out Alien Cake Music and all their playlists on Spotify here!


Do you run an independent record label? With RouteNote you can put an unlimited amount of artists and songs on Spotify and all the major streaming services – for free.

You keep control of the music. We make it easy for you to get your artists out there, and you get paid for doing it.

Find out more and sign up to RouteNote today here.

A new Tencent report details the growth of independent music in China

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Tencent Music Data Research Institute, a music data research company under Tencent Music, has published a new report.

Published last week, 2021 Chinese Digital Music Annual White Paper details many of the key statistics around musicians and music streaming in China. Here are some of the highlights from the report:

  • “In 2021, the total number of new songs in Chinese will reach 1.145 million, a year-on-year increase of 53.1%.”
  • “In 2021, the total playback volume of new Chinese songs will increase by 9.3% over the previous year, and the playback share of new and old Chinese songs will expand to 24.3%.”
  • “This year, hundreds of new singers entered the “500 million club” with annual broadcast volume, accounting for more than 30% of the top singers.”
  • “The popularity of songs released by newcomers that year has increased for two consecutive years in the overall popularity of new songs, and the number will be close to 20% in 2021.”
  • “As of July 2021, on the Tencent Musician platform, the number of musicians with an average monthly income of more than 10,000 Yuan ($1,483) in the past year has doubled in one year.”
  • “Affected by the decline of music variety shows in 2021, the popularity of new Chinese songs such as rap has generally declined, but the overall popularity of new and old songs on the market has increased significantly.”

Find the full report here.

The majority of increases in the music industry in China is thanks to artists choosing to independent release their music online. Free music distributors like RouteNote help hundreds of thousands of artists stay in control of their music and keep their revenue. RouteNote are partnered with Tencent Music to help artists get their music on QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo with zero fees or recurring costs.