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Spotify Adds Songwriter Pages To The Platform



Spotify has launched a beta program for clickable songwriter credits called “songwriter pages.” If a songwriter is included in the beta, listeners can click their name in the track’s credit to view a page with all the songs they’ve composed and their most frequent artist collaborations. While the music streaming service added song credits back in 2018, this is the first time it has made any of them clickable.

“Spotify is always working to create new and better ways to promote music discovery — for artists, for songs and, increasingly, for songwriters,” said Jules Parker, head of Publishing & Songwriter Relations, Spotify, in a statement. “The launch of publicly visible songwriter credits on Spotify in 2018 was merely a first step. Together with the publishing industry, we’ve continued to evolve our data sharing and analytics efforts, and are proud to unveil this next iteration,” Parker added.

Spotify is debuting these songwriter pages for the top artists, including Meghan Trainor, Fraser T.Smith, Missy Elliot, Teddy Geiger, Ben Billions and Justin Tranter among others. Since the feature I still in beta, the pages are being enabled by the publishers and Spotify with collaboration with the songwriters. However, interested songwriters have the option to join the program by filling out an online form.

The music streaming company is featuring the first “Written By” playlists on the home tab for all the Spotify listeners. This feature in addition to offering songwriting credit will help songwriters get discovered by labels, publishers, music supervisors, and artists. Currently, we have to dig through the credits to find new songwriters. The new change will offer a more organized way to view and also follow their work.

Spotify has learned the lesson of giving credits the hard way. In 2017, it paid $112 million to settle a suit with the songwriters. A year before that, it paid $20 million to settle with publishers. Since then, we have seen changes made to the app. After it added song credits in 2018, Spotify claimed to have seen a 60% increase in how labels and distributors credit songwriters on their new releases.

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