When uploading a product, our Deliveries team will review the metadata you have submitted to ensure all fields have been accurately completed with the correct information. Before submitting a product, please ensure that the elements of metadata mentioned below are correct:
Title Casing: The Style Guidelines set out specific rules for title casing. While there may be a few exceptions, according to the guidelines the following words must be in lower case:
- a, an, and, as, but, for, from, nor, of, or, so, the, to, and yet.
- Prepositions of four letters or fewer unless the word is being used as part of a verb phrase or other part of speech
You may notice the title of your product being changed automatically if it does not fit these guidelines. If you believe your release title would be considered an exception, please reach out to us via the Contact Us page in your Portal.
Universal Product Codes (UPC): Each version and format of your product will have a specific Universal Product Code (or European Article Number). This will be a 12-13 digit code. Digital products must have a different UPC to the physical version of your product, a deluxe version will have a different UPC than the original, and so on. AWAL can assign your product a UPC if you don’t already have one. If this is the case, please leave this section on the AWAL Uploader blank and a UPC will be assigned for you.
If you already have a UPC for your product, please be sure to input it correctly in the Release Information section of the AWAL Uploader, otherwise existing streams will likely not transfer over. You may notice that AWAL UPCs are 13 digits, while others are 12 digits. If your UPC is 12 digits, please add a ‘0’ in front of the UPC you have and the AWAL Uploader will accept it as such.
UPCs cannot be updated once a release has been approved, so please ensure you input your existing UPC (if you have one) correctly.
International Standard Recording Code (ISRC): ISRCs are codes that uniquely identify a sound recording, and will remain associated for the lifetime of the sound recording. The same ISRC should be used for a recording whether released digitally, physically, on an album, as a single, and so on. However, if a new distinct version of the recording is created likely a new ISRC should be assigned. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), there are various instances where new ISRCs should be assigned to a sound recording:
- Generally speaking, a new ISRC should be assigned when there is any new artistic input associated with a recording
- New mixes, masters or edits are created for a recording
- Different versions of a recording
- Differences in duration of a recording
This is especially important to consider when uploading your audio. A product takedown will be required to assign a new ISRC if audio needs to be swapped out with a new version, mix, or recording with a different duration.
If your track already has an ISRC associated, please input it when uploading the track to AWAL. If your track does not yet have an ISRC, leave this field blank and AWAL will assign one for you.