Putting a single out ahead of an album is a great way to promote your project! Here are some things to keep in mind. If you are a visual learner, check out this video on the subject.
- If the audio is the same for both the single and the album version of the track, they should keep the same ISRC. The metadata should remain the same as well, meaning the track title, artist name, featuring artist, etc. The single and the full album will require unique UPC barcodes. If you plan to have physical CDs make sure to use the same UPC for the physical CD and the full album release.
***Single submissions are for digital streaming and downloads ONLY, no physical sales. Since the CD Baby fee for each physical sale is $4.00, it doesn’t make sense to sell a CD that contains only 1 track.
- If the album is going to be signed up for CD Baby Pro, the single will be covered too since the codes will be the same for both releases. We can administer the publishing for the single at the same time as the rest of the songs on your full-length Pro album, and can back collect royalties if they are generated in the interim. In other words, you can sign up your Single as Standard and later sign up your full album as CD Baby Pro.
- No two projects can have the same cover art on partner sites like iTunes, etc., so it's important to pick unique art for your single. For example, here is the album page for Beyonce's self-titled album. Note how the album art is different for the release of the first single off of the album.
- This is also because partner sites require the text on a cover image to match the metadata for the project with which it's associated. So your single can say the name of your single on the cover, and your album can say the name of your album, but your single shouldn't say the name of your album. *This is assuming that the single and album have different names.