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Creating Art Tracks

To create Art Tracks for your sound recordings, you upload the recording and artwork media files along with a metadata file that describes the recording. You can provide the metadata in one of two formats:

YouTube creates the Art Track based on the values you provide in the file; see below for details about how the metadata values impact the resulting Art Track.

Sound recordings that you upload for Art Tracks are not used for the YouTube rights management system or Content ID. To create sound recording assets for rights management or Content ID, use the YouTube Rights Administration Feed XML format or the “Audio - Sound Recording” bulk upload spreadsheet.

The Art Track consists of the artwork provided for the album and information about the track. If a track appears on multiple albums, the Art Track shows the artwork and title for the album with the earliest release date.

Building an Art Track from a DDEX file

The table below identifies the element in the DDEX file that YouTube uses for the track information. If the element in the Primary DDEX source column does not exist in the message, YouTube uses the value from the element in the Secondary DDEX source column. The items with an asterisk show in the Description associated with the Art Track, not in the Art Track itself.

YouTube does not support per-territory metadata. If the message includes multiple versions of the metadata for a track, YouTube uses only the version that appears first in the message.

If you include translated titles or artist names, the translations appear alongside the original language text in the Description; the Art Track uses only the original language. More about providing translated titles and names.

Information Primary DDEX source Secondary DDEX source
Album art
<ResourceList>
   <Image>
   <ImageDetailsByTerritory>
     <TechnicalImageDetails>               
       <File>

If a release has more than one <Image> element, the Art Track uses the first one
None
Track title
<SoundRecording>
  <SoundRecordingDetailsByTerritory>
   <Title TitleType=”DisplayTitle”>
<SoundRecording>
  <ReferenceTitle>
     <TitleText> plus optional
     <SubTitle>
Artist
<SoundRecording>
  <SoundRecordingDetailsByTerritory>
    <DisplayArtist>
      <PartyName>
        <FullName>

If a track has more than one <DisplayArtist>, the Art Track shows each artist on a new line, up to four lines
<ResourceList>
  <DisplayArtist>
   <PartyName>
     <FullName>
Album title
<Release>
 <ReleaseType>Album</ReleaseType>
   <ReferenceTitle>
    <TitleText>
plus optional <SubTitle>
<ReleaseDetailsByTerritory>
 <Title TitleType="DisplayTitle">
  <TitleText>
plus optional <SubTitle>
Copyright* <PLine>
If the track doesn’t have a <PLine> element, the Art Track description uses the <PLine> element for the album
<CLine>
If the track doesn’t have a <CLine> element, the Art Track description uses the <CLine> element for the album
Release date* <ReleaseDetailsByTerritory> <OriginalReleaseDate> None
Contributors*
<SoundRecording>
  <ResourceContributor>

The Art Track description lists each contributor on a separate line, with a comma-separated list of roles (from the <ResourceContributorRole> tag) followed by the contributor’s name. YouTube sorts the contributor list alphabetically by role unless the <ResourceContributor> includes an explicit SequenceNumber attribute.
None
GRid and UPC
<Release>
 <ReleaseType>TrackRelease</ReleaseType>
   <ReleaseId>
    <Grid>
    <ICPN>

If you provide them for the track release, these IDs are saved as attributes of the art track asset. They do not appear in the Art Track itself.
None
Partner-specific ID
<SoundRecording>
 <SoundRecordingId>
   <ProprietaryId>

If you provide a ProprietaryId for a sound recording, the ID is saved as the custom_id of the art track asset. It does not appear in the Art Track itself.
None
Building an Art Track from an "Audio - Art Tracks" spreadsheet

The table below identifies the column in the spreadsheet that YouTube uses for the track information. The items with an asterisk show in the Description associated with the Art Track, not in the Art Track itself.

You can’t provide translated titles or artist names using the spreadsheet, nor a list of contributors. You need to provide a DDEX feed to include these items.
Information Spreadsheet column
Album art album_art_filename
Track title track_title
Artist track_artist
Album title album_title
Copyright* track_pline
If the track doesn’t have a track_pline, the Art Track description uses the album_label
Release date* album_release_date
GRid, EAN, and UPC If you provide them for the track release, these IDs are saved as attributes of the art track asset. They do not appear in the Art Track itself. None

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