Getting your song featured in Spotify’s massive playlists can make your music career. Some of Spotify’s top editors have answered the biggest questions artists have about getting featured.
Here are some of the most vital answers that we think you’ll be interested in as an artist looking to get featured in Spotify’s giant playlists with millions of followers. Head to Spotify’s article for all of the questions and answers with Spotify playlist editors:
@trueking_99: Do I need a specific amount of followers or monthly listeners on Spotify to get playlisted?
Not at all. Followers and monthly listeners don’t factor into our decisions. We listen to a song and independently do our best to find the right home for it within our playlists (although accommodating all pitched songs is unfortunately not possible).
@jnjmusic87: If placed on a Spotify playlist, how long does the song stay active on the playlist?
This depends on a bunch of things—the update schedule of the playlist, the type of playlist, the playlist’s audience, and the performance of the song within the playlist. Some playlists like #ThrowbackThursday and New Music Friday update each week with a full slate of new content. Others, like POLLEN, may update at different cadences depending on the type of playlist they are and what’s best for the experience within that type of playlist (mood versus workout, etc.).
@iambluejay: How can you better your chances of being playlisted? Do Spotify curators have any tips?
We’re always looking to curate more music and artists in our playlists, so we really value the time you give and spend sharing your stories and songs with us when you pitch your music. Beyond providing us with context about your music and the particular track you’re submitting, make sure you submit your track at least a week in advance of its release, and fill in every part of the submission form as accurately as possible—the questions you answer about your track’s mood and genre are incredibly helpful in surfacing your music to editors.
@synchrodisco: Does paying for user curated playlist promotion look bad?
First things first, you cannot pay to get on an official Spotify playlist. If someone or a third party company is offering placement on a playlist in exchange for money, this is a streaming manipulation service that goes against Spotify’s guidelines for music promotion. The following is not permitted for any reason whatsoever: Selling a user account or playlist, or otherwise accepting or offering to accept any compensation, financial or otherwise, to influence the name of an account or playlist or the content included on an account or playlist. Additionally we routinely remove user-generated playlists that claim to offer this, so it won’t benefit you in the long run. Our editors and algorithms are there to get your music in front of the most receptive audiences—those other playlists aren’t!
To give your track the best chance of getting playlisted—either editorially or algorithmically—we recommend pitching your song at least a week in advance of it being released. More details on how to do this can be found here. For more tips and best practices for filling pitching read on.
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