Changing your stage name or rebranding slightly after initially releasing music can be desired if you’re changing your creative direction or want to set yourself apart in a sea of artists with similar names. Artist name changes can cause a variety of issues with sales data and other forms of reporting, so it’s important that we assess the situation first. You should get in touch with the team via the Portal.
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. You’ll most likely be starting from scratch with a new artist page.
- Our processes take into consideration all the digital music services we work with, and our Community Support Team will be able to advise on how we can handle your artist name change. Please have new artwork ready that reflects your new artist name when reaching out.
In some instances, we may be able to edit your existing products to update the artist name – it all depends on the severity of the name change.
If we can’t edit the existing products you’ll need to re-upload from scratch, and new ISRCs and a new UPC will need to be assigned. It’s unlikely that stream counts will merge due to the severity of the name change and the fact it’s a brand-new product with metadata that varies from the original. Please be aware of this before making a significant change to the artist name.