You can select artist roles for any and all of your tracks that we deliver to Spotify.
We deliver this information on all new releases. We cannot retroactively add the roles to titles that have already been distributed.
Here is a list of artist roles and definitions:
- Primary - The main artist that is performing on the track/album.
- Featuring - The artist who is a guest feature on the track/album.
- Producer – The person/s in charge of a recording session, or the person/s who create the musical tracks that support the vocals.
- Remixer – Someone who creates a new sound-recording by using elements from pre-existing tracks.
Additionally, the songwriters you enter in the track information may have one or both of the following roles:
- Composer - The writer who contributed the music.
- Lyricist – The writer who contributed the words.
To see how it will look on Spotify, click here and jump down to the bottom.
First, you will need to navigate to the Basic Single Information page. To do so, click directly on the release title at the top of the Title Overview page.
On the Basic Single Information page, you will have these options:
On the Track Information page, after you've added your songwriter to the bank, you will have the option to check whether they contributed lyrics, music, or both:
- If you select "Lyrics," then that songwriter will be added as the "Lyricist."
- If you select "Music," then that songwriter will be added as the "Composer."
- If you select both Lyrics and Music, then that songwriter will be added as the "Lyricist" and "Composer."
The Basic Album Information page will remain the same.
The Track Information page (for each individual track) will have the option to select the additional roles.
The updated artist roles for each track will appear on the Title Overview under the "Tracks & Audio" section.
How it will look on Spotify
The Primary Artist will be listed under the release name, in this example: "Chris Robley."
The Featuring Artist is listed next to the track: "Rob Flax"
On the artist page of the featuring artist, the release will appear under the "Appears On" section:
The "Appears On" section displays works that you are not listed as a primary artist on, but have contributed to as a performing artist or remixer. Located at the bottom of a Spotify artist profile, the "Appears On" section bundles together releases where the artist is a featuring artist, vocal feature, remixer, and/or the inclusion of the artist's track/tracks on compilations. Note that you will only appear in the "Appears On" section if the original artist has included your artist name as a performer or remixer on the release.
For multiple primary artists on a release, each will be listed separated by a comma under the release title. Each primary artist will have the release under their own artist page. (In this example, it's "ICONYK, UpsideDown, Soother.")
Note: This does not apply to "Various Artists" releases.
Remixer roles will also be listed under the release title, next to the primary artist name, as well as on any applicable track titles:
Both composer and lyricist songwriter roles will appear in the "Credits" of each track on Spotify. Credits can be accessed by right-clicking an individual track, and selecting "Show Credits" from the drop-down menu:
However, Spotify will display all classical-genre composers as an artist role on the tracks they have written. The composer's artist role will show alongside the performing artist on the track, and will link to an individual artist page for the classical composer:
If the classical-genre composer and performing artist are the same, the composer's songwriter name and artist name must be entered exactly the same. They will display as a single artist role and link back to a single artist page.