Music’s physical-to-digital evolution has given rise to an era of unprecedented music discovery, but it has sometimes made it difficult to find the kind of credits and information that used to live on LP sleeves and CD inserts. Who wrote that song? Who played the instruments? Who produced the beat and arranged the strings?
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Pandora now displays full song credits for millions of tracks in our massive music library, highlighting all of the people – both in front of the mic and behind-the-scenes – who played a role in the creation of your favorite tunes.
Starting today, full song credits are accessible to Pandora users across all tiers of service on the web at Pandora.com and on Pandora’s new desktop apps for Mac and Windows.
The first few credits are visible on a song’s details page. To view the full list of credits, just click on “See All Song Credits” to see all of the people who participated in bringing your favorite tracks to life – from background singers to songwriters to the guy who played the marimba on “Sweet Emotion” (it was recording engineer Jay Messina).
One of our favorite new artists, Grammy-winning R&B rising star H.E.R., shares our excitement:
“You always have to give credit where it’s due! Songwriters and producers put their heart into what they create! And to know who it comes from makes it even more special and personal.” – H.E.R.
Check out this exclusive Pandora Story about the world’s most prolific drummer, Hal Blaine, who has played on over 6,000 singles and 35,000 recording sessions – making him a virtual king of song credits!
And this playlist features even more songs with extensive credits and amazing backstories. Did you know that Taylor Swift wrote “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna), or that Eric Clapton played lead guitar on The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps?” Those and countless other fascinating details behind millions of songs are available at your fingertips on Pandora starting today!
We’re also proud to be a supporting partner of the Recording Academy’s “Behind the Record” campaign, a new social media-based initiative launching tomorrow, October 25th, with over 200 artists helping to spotlight the need for credits and the range of creators who contribute to the music recording process.