Los Angeles, CA (May 8, 2013)—Digital music service Rhapsody announced this week that it will support The Recording Academy’s “Give Fans The Credit” initiative, which advocates for the inclusion of credits for producers and engineers, songwriters, session musicians and others.
The announcement was made during the annual NARM and Digitalmusic.org Music Biz 2013 Conference, and makes Rhapsody the first digital music service to support the initiative. The full implementation of the credits will occur over the next few months.
Currently, the only credits consumers are able to see in most digital services are the song title, album and featured artist. The “Give Fans The Credit” campaign encourages digital services to provide more information about who was involved in the creation of a song. With Rhapsody’s additions of linear notes and credits to its digital music offerings, users can now search for music by a songwriter, specific producer or featuring a specific session musician.
“Since we launched the ‘Give Fans The Credit’ campaign, we’ve seen an outpouring of support from music makers and music lovers alike,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Fans want more information about the tracks they like, and we applaud Rhapsody for taking a leadership role on this initiative. Putting credits in the hands of fans is the next step forward in guiding fans to music discovery, as they find new songs and artists based on songwriters, producers or band personnel. It is our hope that other digital music services will follow Rhapsody’s lead.”
“Rhapsody listeners are avid music fans who value the craft of musicianship and recording, and they want to know who was involved in bringing a song to life,” said Jon Irwin, president, Rhapsody. “We have a responsibility to our listeners to back this initiative, and further, view the inclusion of more complete credits as a truly useful feature that will only deepen our listeners’ connection to their favorite artists and songs.”
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