Spotify introduces newest beta testing feature, Songwriter Pages
Spotify is launching a new feature called Songwriter Pages that allows listeners to gain better insight into the creators behind their favorite songs. Though the program at large is still in beta mode, it will eventually present an entirely new way for people to learn about the writers who usually take a backseat to artists. It also serves as a useful informational pipeline for connecting collaborators. All in all, it’s being seen as a win for songwriters.
Having a platform that appreciates and celebrates the songwriting community is exciting and important,” said Meghan Trainor.
The new feature already includes hit writers like Trainor, Missy Elliott, Fraser T Smith (Adele, Sam Smith), Teddy Geiger (One Direction, Shawn Mendes, 5 Seconds of Summer), Ben Billions (The Weeknd, Beyoncé) and Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Imagine Dragons), who have all made their new songwriter pages available to view.
According to reps, Spotify has seen a 60 percent increase in the crediting of songwriters by labels and distributors when uploading new music since it began publicly displaying song credits in 2018. Now, those credits are clickable, so users will no longer have to scour the web to piece together what songs the creator has worked on.
Spotify’s Songwriter Pages also include “Written By” playlists, which function as digital portfolios. Spotify says the project aims to be user-friendly, transparent, and accurate.
“Spotify is always working to create new and better ways to promote music discovery — for artists, for songs and, increasingly, for songwriters,” says Spotify head of publishing and songwriter relations Jules Parker. “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… We’re excited to see how the world interacts with these new features, and look forward to enabling them for more and more songwriters.”
To start playing around with these new capabilities, a user has to right-click on a track, hit “song credits” and select a clickable songwriter’s name.
Read more about the feature on Spotify’s blog.
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