Spotify Now Lists Songwriter, Producer Credits

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Spotify is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on Jan. 6, 2017 in Paris.

Spotify has announced that users will now be able to view the songwriter and producer credits on the desktop platform.

"The more we share information, the more opportunities we can help create for songwriters," said Annika Goldman, ‎director of music publishing operations. "This is just the beginning of making songwriter and producer credits more easily available to Spotify listeners, and we look forward to continually improving that information, in close collaboration with our music industry partners."

The new feature pulls the credit information from record label-provided metadata, and it also discloses the source of that information to the users. Spotify says the feature will constantly be evolving in order to provide the most accurate information.

The credit feature comes soon after Spotify launched the Secret Genius program -- which includes an ambassador program and global songwriting workshops -- among other songwriter-focused initiatives.

"Songwriters are an integral force behind the music we love," said Tiffany Kumar, Spotify's global head of songwriter relations. "With the newly launched credits feature, we aim to increase songwriter and producer visibility and, in turn, foster discovery among new collaborators, industry partners, and fans."

Songwriters involved with some of the biggest artists, such as Justin Bieber and Kelly Clarkson are responding positively to Spotify’s changes.

Frank Dukes, a songwriter who has worked with Camila Cabello and Lorde among others, said, "It's amazing to see Spotify give the unsung heros of music some recognition on their platform. Definitely a step in the right direction."

Music publishers are also happy about the Spotify move. "When I won a Lifetime Service Award at the NMPA’s Centennial Annual Meeting last summer I called upon the streaming services to display the names of the songwriters who wrote the songs just as they clearly credit the artists who recorded them," Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier said in a statement. "With this announcement, Spotify has taken a first, important step to properly recognize the vital contribution that songwriters make to its service and should be applauded for it. Songwriters are the essential lifeblood of the music industry. Without their words and music there would be nothing for artists to record, no hit songs and no music to stream.”


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