Changing artist names on live releases can be a fairly complicated process depending on the severity of the change. It’s advisable to think long and hard about altering your artist name in any way. Oftentimes, you could face a loss in stream counts, followers, etc. as adjusting your name display may negatively impact fan search and discovery on the platform.
In some instances, when the change in your artist name is minimal (i.e. a casing change, removing one letter, etc.) we may be able to edit your existing releases and update your live products. However, if the change to your artist name is significant, you will need to re-upload all affected releases from scratch and new product codes will be assigned.
If you’d like to move forward with changing your artist name, please get in touch with us via the Contact Us page on your Portal with the UPCs of the releases that will be affected. We’ll be able to review your request and advise on the best next steps.
Before requesting an artist name change, please keep the following in mind:
- Merging artist pages on Spotify, or any other service, isn’t something we can do as part of the standard AWAL agreement. After an artist name change, you’ll most likely be starting from scratch with a new artist page which means your followers, monthly listeners, and other page statistics will start from 0.
- In many cases, you will need to re-upload all affected releases in order for the name change to be processed. This means new metadata will be associated with the release as well as different product codes, so we can’t guarantee you’ll retain streams after your name change.
- It’s important to be mindful of your ‘brand’. If you’re changing your artist name on your releases, you’ll also need to make this change on your website, social media handles, etc. It’s important that any change made is consistent across all channels to present a strong and cohesive brand to your audiences.