I am releasing a full album in a few months, and would like to release 2 tracks as singles beforehand. I am distributing the with CDBaby, and they've told me that I will have to release the two tracks as singles first, and then the full album separately. I can use the same ISRCs, but will have to have separate UPCs for the singles and the full album. I also plan to have different cover art for the singles.
CDBaby has told me that there is no way to combine the singles with the full album on Spotify, and that the only thing I can do if I don't want to have 2 versions of the same song available is to delete the singles once the full album is released. If I do that, I will lose all my play counts and playlist inclusions.
I want to know if there is a way to release the two singles and then combine them into the full album without losing my play counts and playlists inclusions. Also, will this work even if the singles have different artwork than the full album?
I've read through a few posts (here and here) about this, but the answer isn't clear on what I need to do, and when. (If there's no solution, is there a better distributor than CDBaby that can release singles as part of a coming album?)
Thank you very much.