Tech Crunch (TC) and some other sites are reporting that Spotify just launched a new feature called songwriter pages. The new feature allows “songwriters to showcase a list of the songs they’ve written, alongside their most frequent artist collaborations.“
The new feature will also include a specific “Written By” playlist of the songwriter’s songs. The listeners will be able to “stream their songs, follow their new material, and surface the songwriters’ work through Spotify’s search engine.”
TC notes that the first artists to get their designated pages include Meghan Trainor, Fraser T. Smith, Missy Elliott, Teddy Geiger, Ben Billions, and Justin Tranter, among others. It also says that interested songwriters can apply to join the program by filling out an online form.
The “Written By” playlist link will make it possible for artists and fans to share it outside of Spotify, such as on the songwriter’s website or social media.
To credit artists, back in 2018, Spotify added songwriter and producer credits to its app. “These sort of credits used to be included on physical albums’ liner notes, but had been dropped in the digital era. The addition was also meant to help Spotify better identify and pay the songwriters and producers in the future — a complicated problem for streaming services, and one that’s cost Spotify a lot of money.”
Jules Parker, Head of Publishing & Songwriter Relations, Spotify, in a statement said that, “Spotify is always working to create new and better ways to promote music discovery — for artists, for songs and, increasingly, for songwriters.”
In a separate move, Digital Music News (DMN) writes that the streaming service recently acquired The Ringer, a trendy sports and pop culture website and podcast network. The cost was $250 million.
DMN adds that, “the platform’s writers, editors, and social media experts were unpleasantly surprised by the news, believing that they could be let go by the music streaming and podcasting service.” For its part, Spotify said that it will retain all current staff and writers.
Also, the report notes that on a monthly basis, an estimated 15 million people visit The Ringer’s website, and its many podcasts are downloaded a total of 35 million times.
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