Thursday, July 9, 2020

Spotify sees more labels and distributors crediting songwriters | Music Ally

Spotify’s head of songwriter and publishing relations Jules Parker says that the streaming service’s addition of songwriter credits had a knock-on effect for labels and distributors.

“Since we began publicly displaying song credits on Spotify in 2018, we’ve seen a 60% increase in how often labels and distributors credit songwriters on their new releases, allowing artists and fans to dig deeper and recognise the work behind the scenes,” said Parker, in an interview for Spotify’s own blog.

The interview was supporting an expansion of Spotify’s ‘songwriter pages’ feature, which launched in beta this February. The company tells Music Ally that it will launch “hundreds” more profile pages for songwriters in the coming weeks, with ‘Written By’ playlists gathering recordings of their songs.

Wheezy Beats, Shelly Peiken and Lindy Robbins are just three of those getting their own page as part of the expansion. Oh, and also Miles Davis

This is all positive stuff for songwriters, but it sits alongside ongoing tension with publishers over the royalties paid to songwriters for streams of their work. We’re awaiting a ruling in Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora’s appeal against new, higher songwriter royalty rates in the US – an appeal that caused fury within the publishing community.

Stuart Dredge


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