I don't see my genre. What do I do?

I'm sorry, but we are often limited by the genre selections offered by Gracenote and / or Nielson. We realized your music may not fit nicely into the available options, and you will have to choose something close to your genre.

There are two places that we will ask you for information about your genre. 

The first is on the IPR form.  

The genre selection on our IPR form matches the main genres offered by the Gracenote database.  When you purchase a Distribution Bundle, we use the genre information you have entered on the IPR form when registering your album with Gracenote.

The second is on the Nielsen SoundScan form.

In order to register your album with Nielsen SoundScan, you must pick a genre from their genre list which is somewhat limited.  If you have any questions about how the genre information is used on Nielsen Soundscan’s end or would like to provide them with any feedback about their genre selection, we recommend contacting Nielsen SoundScan directly at

Customers who have purchased the Distribution bundle from us will be asked to select 2 genres, 2 sub-genres, a mood or a style, and 3 similar famous artists when completing their account setup with CD Baby.  This genre information is then sent to the digital partner sites (who will classify the album to fit under the genres that they offer).

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