The social music creation platform BandLab has launched a free self-publishing tool dubbed Albums. It allows users to upload and sell their music, while keeping 100 per cent of their earnings and retaining ownership of their material.
BandLab users will be able to upload an unlimited number of singles, EPs and albums, and monetise their content in their own terms. No cuts will be taken from the payment for albums, which can be uploaded via a quick five-step process: first, fill in the release’s info, then upload the tracks (with a number of file formats such as MP3, WAV, M4A, OGG and AAC supported), add any bonus behind-the-scenes content, set your price and finally chose the theme for the album to display in. Bonus content can include up to ten files of 10MB each, for example PDF liner notes or photographs.
If you set a price above free, anyone can still stream your release, however, those who tip will be able to download all of its tracks and bonus material. Releasing music on Albums is free, as is listening to music on the platform – aside from any payments to artists.
At present, Albums is only available via a web app, however, apps for iOS and Android are planned for the future.
BandLab CEO, Meng Ru Kuok, said in a statement: “Our users are at the heart of our product. Beyond the continued development of our next-generation solution for the music creation process, we’re incredibly committed to supporting our growing base of creators at each stage of their creative journey.”
“We want that journey to last a lifetime, and releasing Albums is an important step in allowing our artists and independent labels to create sustainable revenue streams for themselves whilst keeping them completely in control and ownership of their own content.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing what artistic statements our users will make with Albums, and hope that the ability to earn from creating will empower more people to make music.”
Learn more at blog.bandlab.com.
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[Editor’s note: BandLab is owned by BandLab Technologies, which also owns Guitar.com.]