Pandora has announced full song credits for millions of tracks — something usually only available with physical media.
Full song credits are accessible to all Pandora users regardless of their service tier. You can see the lyrics online at Pandora.com or in the desktop app for macOS and Windows.
The feature starts showing a basic list of credits on the song’s detail page. Users can click “See All Song Credits” to see all of the people credited on the song. Those credits include producers, instrumentals, background singers, and songwriters.
To celebrate the news, Pandora is sharing some tiny tidbits about credit history. For example, Hal Blaine has performed for over 6,000 singles and 35,000 recording sessions. Another great example is Eric Clapton’s guitar credit on The Beatles’ song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps?”
In addition to rolling out full song credits, Pandora is supporting the Recording Academy’s “Behind the Record” campaign.
The social media initiative hopes to bring attention to just how many people are left off the credits of songs online. More than 200 artists are on board to spotlight why full song credits are necessary for everyone who contributes to music, not just producers and artists.
Pandora has recently stepped up its initiative for sharing content online. Back in September, the music streaming service finally joined Spotify in allowing users to share content on Instagram Stories. Content that can be shared include songs, albums, podcasts, playlists, and stations.
And while SiriusXM seems eager to give those in the industry credit where it’s due — royalty payments are another thing. Pandora, Spotify, Amazon, and Google are all seeking to block streaming royalty rate increases.
National Music Publishers’ Association president David Israelite called the move ” declaring war against songwriters.” The Digital Media Association believes royalty rates should be kept at affordable rates to preserve “streaming growth.”