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The most important metric for streaming music success is now updated daily in your CD Baby members account

The biggest predictor of a song’s success on streaming platforms — particularly Spotify — is how often it’s added to playlists.

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Spotify’s algorithm is trained to look for tracks that are getting shared from playlist to playlist. It then gives those songs extra weight when considering what music to “seed” to Spotify users’ Discover Weekly or Release Radar playlists, and flags those tracks for consideration by Spotify’s in-house editorial team.

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And now, as you’re making efforts to boost your presence on streaming playlists, you’ll be able to see results in real time!

CD Baby’s trending reports — updated daily with a complete data-set about your music’s performance on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music — just got a whole lot better. We’ve added a super helpful new feature that shows you when and where your music is being placed on playlists, as well as how your listeners are accessing your music (desktop, mobile, etc.).

These easy-to-read stats and graphs give you unprecedented insight into how your music promotions are working.

Log into your CD Baby Members Account to view:

  • Trending data for Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes
  • Top performing tracks
  • Top Playlists that feature your songs
  • Top countries for listener activity
  • Top cities for listener activity
  • Device usage: Mobile/Desktop/Tablet
  • Age demographics
  • Gender data about your listeners

This window into the performance of your music can really come in handy when you’re planning a tour, using targeted ads, or picking your next single. And because the data is updated daily, you’ll have real-time feedback on the effectiveness of your promotions.

Curious if, how, and where some of your songs are finding traction on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes?

Log in and take a look today!

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  • Thanks. We’re excited too.

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  • We’re psyched about it. Glad you are too!

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  • Hi Paul,

    I understand completely. At the end of the day, you want to have spent time on music, not account management, verification, etc. I totally get it.

    We’ve got a Spotify guide coming out soon (for free) that is pretty thorough in terms of providing a step-by-step way to get verified and start making strides with playlisting. I realize that’d be one more piece of clerical work, but we’d tried to give a simple and actionable strategy for artists who feel, like most of us, overwhelmed. Be on the lookout for that in the next couple weeks.

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  • The “marketing” side of my brain says to keep that music separated with different artist names and branding, but the rest of me thinks you should just put it all out under your own name. At the end of the day, it’s all coming from YOU, so even if the genres or approaches differ, there’s your creativity and decision-making as the through-line. Plus, less accounts to manage when you put them all under one name. And more of a catalog to use to attract listeners to other songs from your output.

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    • Musician06

      haha my thoughts exactly. I have 2 sides of my brain wanting two different things.
      I wonder if 2 very different styles would just confuse or turn people off to it all together? Imagine coming across a spotify page, liking a tune with vocals and lyrics, and the next thing you click is an orchestral / piano piece. o___0

      or do you think people would just pick their favorites and not think much of it. I just cant help but wonder why more people dont attempt multiple styles. I hear you’re supposed to pick one, and dig deeeeeep.

      Slash the guitar player might be a great author….but i think people might prefer they didnt know he wrote it? see? 😛

      but at the same time…..why cant we just do what we do?

      • Go wide AND deep! I like when I listen to an artist I haven’t heard, go through one album that sounds like one thing, and then when it moves to the next album on Spotify it sounds very different. But that’s just me. Maybe I’m weird.

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      • Viola Le Compte

        I actually think it’s interesting and refreshing when artists try out different styles! I think nowadays it’s very easy for fans to pick and choose what they want to listen to anyway (select the song to stream on Spotify or even buy just one track from an album instead of the whole thing).
        And who knows, maybe some people will actually get into a different style of music than they usually listen to just because they got curious after listening to songs of yours in different genres. I think the world could use a little more of this approach 🙂 As long as you’re sincere and creating music you really love and giving your best, I don’t really see how you could go wrong!