How Amazon Music artists can record personalized audio messages for fans

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Here’s how to get closer to your fans on Amazon Music by recording a personal Spotlight message alongside your music.

Amazon Music have debuted Spotlight, a brand new way for Amazon Music Artists to interact with their fans on the platform. Artists can now share a voice message with fans by attaching a recording to Amazon Music songs, playlists, or albums.

Messages could reveal secrets behind songwriting or offer a peek at plans for the future by promoting new music on Amazon. The feature was first teased last year. For now, only users in the US will be able to hear Spotlights.

Each artist can have one Spotlight, which can be updated whenever needed. Once published, Amazon Music users will see the Spotlight at the top of the artist’s profile page. The message will also appear in the activity feed.

Artists, provided they have over 3,000 fans, can find the feature in the Amazon Music for Artists App under Profile & Tools. Only Owners or Admins of an artist’s team can publish the content.

The new feature is in keeping with Amazon’s other voice-focused ventures like Alexa assistant and Echo smart speakers. Speaking of Alexa, fans can hear Spotlights on Echo devices by saying: “Alexa, play the [ARTIST NAME] Spotlight on Amazon Music.”

The feature is similar to rival streaming service Pandora’s Artist Audio messages. Over 12 billion listener impressions have been generated by Artist Audio messages since 2015, according to Pandora – hopefully a similar positive impact is seen for artists over on Amazon Music.


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I write about music for RouteNote, sharing fun stuff, news, and tips and tricks for musicians and producers. Also a saxophonist and hater of marmalade.

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