Redistributing the same audio
You can redistribute the same audio if it is now part of a different package. For example, you may distribute an audio file as a single and, later, as part of an album. If you redistribute the same audio recording the metadata must be exactly the same. This means the same primary and featured artist name(s), track title(s), ISRCs, and version information. This applies even if the previous release has been cancelled.
If you redistribute the same audio with different metadata, under a different artist name for example, it will be hidden at, or possibly even rejected by, many partner sites.
Can I rebrand by redistributing audio under a new name?
This is not a good idea, because if you redistribute the same audio with different metadata it will be hidden at, or possibly even rejected by, many partner sites.
CD Baby can't change your artist name on a release after it has been delivered.
My music is mixed up with other people's music at some of the stores. Would rebranding fix this?
As more and more music is distributed around the world this has become a common issue. Redistributing the same audio under a different name is not the way to fix this. At most partners we can file an Artist Separation to correct this.
If I want to rebrand or change my artist name what should I do?
Many artists do rebrand, but they have multiple artist names on partner sites for just this reason. For example, Snoop Lion vs. Snoop Dogg. The new artist name came with a new set of recordings, but Snoop Dogg couldn't redeliver one of his old albums under his newer persona, Snoop Lion. In time, related artists will group together. A search for any of his artist names on iTunes will include the results for all of them.
One simple and effective tool you can use to direct your fans to your previous releases is the "Artist's Pick" function in your Spotify For Artists account. You get instant access to sign up for Spotify for Artists once your content has been delivered. More information about Spotify for Artists