4 Things You Must Know About African Heat and Other Afrobeats Curated Playlists on Spotify

If you’re reading this post, then you probably know about African heat. If you don’t, it’s the largest afrobeats playlist on Spotify, with over 650,000 followers at the time of writing this article. It is also owned by Spotify, which means that everybody (and they momma) wants to get on it. Getting your song on a Spotify curated playlist is a good thing, as Spotify only adds songs that they perceive as catchy and quality to their playlists. Futhermore, you don’t have to pay to be on a Spotify curated playlist. All you have to do is to make a good application for a playlist placement, and if Spotify likes your song, they’ll add it to one or some of their playlists. However, there are a few things you'll need to know before you apply;

You can’t submit your first track for playlist consideration

If this is the first track you’re releasing on Spotify, you won’t be able to apply for Spotify playlist placement. To be able to apply for playlist placement, you’ll need a Spotify For Artists account. And to qualify for a Spotify for Artists account, you’ll need to have at least one song published on Spotify. It’s a very complicated thing to explain in writing, but basically, in order to have a Spotify For Artists account, you’ll need to have at least one song already published on Spotify and that song cannot qualify for playlist placement.

However, you can take advantage of this drawback by promoting this first your song through other means and building awareness for yourself as an artist, so that when you are submitting your next track for playlist consideration, Spotify will see the buzz around your name when they’re looking into your application and this will increase your chances of playlist placement.

You must submit your track for playlist consideration at least one week in advance

Unfortunately, as an up and coming afrobeats artist, Spotify will only consider your song for playlist consideration if you submit your application at least 1 week in advance. Technically, 2 weeks or more is highly recommended, but one week is the absolute minimum.

You can only submit one track for playlist consideration at a time

Unfortunately, Spotify only allows you to submit one track per Artist account for playlist submission. This means that if you are releasing multiple tracks at a time (e.g. An EP or Album), you can only submit one track out of the many for Spotify playlist consideration.

You won’t be notified if your song is added to a Spotify playlist

Spotify won’t tell you when your song is added to any of their playlists. However, if you notice a sudden jump in the number of plays on your Spotify for Artists account, it’s a pretty good sign that you’ve been added to a playlist. You can also check to see what playlists you’ve been added to. I feel like almost everyone should know how to do this, but if you need help on it, let me know in the comments section and I’ll cover it in a different post.

I hope you found this post helpful. In a future post, I’ll give you a few tips to increase your chances of getting on a Spotify curated playlist. However, as you can see, there are quite a few things you need to know about Spotify playlist placement, but if you get it right, you can get added to a Spotify playlist which can give your career a huge boost and, of course, the cheque from Spotify will be a lot bigger. If you think I missed something or would like me to touch on a different topic, let me know in the comments section. Also, don’t forget to subscribe and share with anyone who you think might find this useful. Keep working and I’ll be back with a new Afrobeat Tip for you next week Friday!