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5 Critical Steps To Get Your Music On The Charts In 2024: Do This For Every Release

Whether you're a seasoned musician or a newcomer, understanding the steps to effectively release your song is crucial. This guide breaks down the process into manageable steps, ensuring your music reaches its audience and is protected along the way.

1. DISTRIBUTION: Your First Step to Music Release

Before anything else, get your song out there! Distribution is your first step. This is where you deliver your professionally mastered song to a distributor. Don't have a mastered track yet? No worries! Head over to for top-tier mastering services, including the option for a Dolby Atmos version. Check out our latest article on the benefits of Dolby Atmos. If you're still searching for a distributor, consider using our DistroKid referral link and save a few dollars on your next release. This step is vital as it generates a UPC barcode and an ISRC number, essential for the next stages of your release.


Next up, align yourself with a Performing Rights Organization. The top three PROs in the United States are ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. Each organization has its unique benefits, so do your research and pick one that aligns with your needs. Register your work, be it an album or a single, and don't forget to include the UPC and ISRC codes obtained from your distributor. This registration is key to ensuring you get paid for your music's use.

3. Secure Your COPYRIGHT

Protecting your music is non-negotiable. Visit the U.S. Copyright Office and choose the 'Sound Recording' option to copyright your song. Some artists also register under 'music and melody' for added protection, but typically, 'Sound Recording' suffices. This step embeds your ownership in the fabric of your music, ensuring you maintain control and receive due credit.

4. Register with LUMINATE for Billboard Recognition

Want to see your name on the Billboard charts? Register with Luminate, the successor to SoundScan. It's an essential tool for tracking your music's performance and gaining visibility. Labels monitor Luminate to discover emerging talents, so don't miss out. Use the ISRC Registration form for singles and the Title Registration form for albums. This step puts you on the radar of industry giants and can be a game-changer for your career.

5. Track Your Airplay with MEDIABASE

Finally, register with Mediabase. It's a powerful tool for tracking your song's airplay on radio stations and collecting in-depth industry analytics. Mediabase registration is a must for artists looking to understand and expand their audience. Start your journey with Mediabase by visiting their registration page. This step not only tracks your song's reach but also provides valuable insights into your music's market performance.


Releasing a song involves more than just creating music; it's about strategically navigating the music industry's landscape. By following these steps, you're not just releasing a track; you're building a foundation for your music career. Remember, each step is an investment in your art, your brand, and your future as an artist.

Be sure to always release professionally mixed and mastered music if you want to be taken seriously. Visit for that polished professional sound. Your journey to a successful music release begins with us!

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