Artist credits – How to credit the other people in your music

It’s not always just you or your band on a record. When there are extra people involved you need to credit them and this guide will show you the ‘Who’ and the ‘How’.

Collaboration is a core part of what makes a lot of music so great. If band members didn’t come together they wouldn’t create their sound. If producers and rappers didn’t work together you’d have songs with bones but no meat.

Of course, unless you are in a band together then people often won’t know when someone else have involved, or at least who else. When you upload your music it’s important to know how to credit the people involved so that everyone involved in the magic is correctly acknowledged.

Here are all of the credits you should know and understand:

Primary Artist

The Primary Artist is the main artist or group behind the track. So if you’re a producer releasing your own production, you are the Primary Artist. Likewise if you are in a band, or are a singer-songwriter, or is the main artist or entity behind the music.

Primary Artists must be listed first, before any other artist. They must also be credited in both the track and release metadata. Any listing of the Primary Artist must be identical, including spelling and capitalisation.

There can be more than one Primary Artist. In the cases of a collaboration, for example 2 producers working on the same track where neither is the main artist over the other, then you must list both/all primary artists in separate columns.

Any primary artist credited in the artwork must be credited in the release metadata.

Featuring Artist

This is used any time you get another artist to feature on your track.

When you have a featuring artist credited on a track you also need to credit them in the track title, like so:

Your Track Name (feat. Artist Name)

The ‘feat.’ needs to be left without a capital letter and must have a period after it. Then list the artist name after as usual.

Featuring artists are usually for a small role such as featuring on a verse, singing the chorus, or contributing the music.

If there is more than one artist featured then use an ampersand – this thing: ‘&’ – to separate them. If there are more than 2 featuring artists then separate them all with a comma except the last 2 which should be separated by an ampersand. For example:

Your Track Name (feat. First Artist & Second Artist)
Your Track Name (feat. First Artist, Second Artist & Third Artist)

You can not list the same artist as Primary Artists as well as featuring.

If you are releasing your track as a single then the featuring artist will need to be credited the same in the release title as the track title. They must also be included in the release title if they are on every track in the release.

With Artist

‘With’ Artist credits are very similar to Featuring Artists and they also must be credited in the track title. However, a ‘with’ often implies that the artist has an equal share or role in the music.

A ‘with’ artist credit must be in the track title as well. However, it doesn’t need capitilisation or a period like featuring artists do. So they look like this:

Your Track Name (with Artist Name)

If a track contains both ‘with’ and ‘featuring’ artists then the featuring role must always come first. For example:

Your Track Name (feat. First Artist) [with Second Artist]

As with Featuring Artist releases, you must credit ‘with’ artists in the release title as well as the track title if they feature on all tracks in a release or if it is a single.

Remixer

If you’re uploading a remix version of one of your tracks then you need to credit the remixer on your track. As with Featuring and With Artists remixers will also need to be credited in the track title.

The original artist whose track has been remixed must be credited as Primary Artist still.

The remixer must also be credited in the track title with a capital letter like this:

Your Track Name (Artist Name Remix)

Remixers must also be credited in the release title if it’s a single or if they remix every track on the release.

Producer

Producers are simple. If your track has a producer then they need to be listed in the metadata and formatted with capitals in their name as usual.

You can not credit producers anywhere in the track or release titles. Producers must be credited in the metadata only.

Composer

For classical music releases the Composer must be listed where applicable. The only time the original composer would not be credited is if there is no documented composer for the piece anywhere.

Composers must be credited in the artist role metadata in full. Here’s an example using one of history’s most notorious composers:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ✔
  • Mozart ✖
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus ✖

Composers must also be credited in the C Line with the same formatting as above. The year of the composition must also be listed, or in the case of multiple compositions then the earliest composition year must be listed.

Performer

A performer credit is for someone, often a singer, who has performed on the track.

This is often used in the case of jazz arrangements where the band performers are credited. Live performances also often feature performers who should be credited.

DJ

If there is a mix on your release then you will need to credit the DJ. If it is not your own content that is being mixed then remember that you must have copyright permissions for all music used in the mix.

Albums with a collection of tracks mixed together or compiled by a single DJ or artist must credit the DJ on album as well as the tracks. They must also be listed as the Primary Artist.

Conductor

This most often applies to the conductor of the orchestra that has been recorded for a track. They must be the conductor present for the version of the recording that is being uploaded.

That’s not to say Conductor couldn’t be used outside of an orchestra piece, but it’s rare that you’ll have some conducting a hip hop beat or a guitar band.

Lyricist

Would you believe it, this is where you credit the person who wrote the lyrics if it wasn’t the Primary Artist themselves.

Arranger

The Arranger is the person who has helped to structure the song or composition. This most often applies to classical pieces, though if someone helped you arrange your track and you want to credit them; this is how!

Orchestra

This is where you list the name of an orchestra if there was one that played on a track.

If the track is just a piece played by an orchestra, rather than an orchestra playing on a track, then we recommend you list them as the primary artist in that case.

Actor

In the case of a voice actor providing narration or spoken word on your track, you must credit them as ‘Actor’.


And that’s all you need to know to make sure all the people who helped your music become what it is get credited correctly!

Hear The Difference Between FLAC and Spotify’s “very high” quality Streaming Sound?

Can a human very easily hear the difference in sound between FLAC and Spotify’s “very high” quality streaming?

No!

The average human can’t really tell the difference between the sound quality. There are always going to be people who think they can easily tell the difference, but when this is put to the test it is very difficult (especially if you don’t have the best listening equipment).

It’s obvious that the better the listening equipment the more likely you are to hear the differences. However, the average consumer simply can’t afford a $1000 speaker or more.

Best Music Distribution Services

RouteNote is a free music distribution service that allows artists and labels from all over the world to get their music uploaded and distributed to the worlds largest online music stores and streaming services.

Here is our latest guide of music distribution services and how they compare (whether your a RouteNote artist or not). At RouteNote we want to make sure artists are collecting as much as they possibly can from their music worldwide!

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch here.

RouteNote

RouteNote gets your music to the worlds leading music stores and streaming services worldwide. RouteNote offers both a Free and a Premium model, which allows artists to move between the two model for each release depending upon what makes the most financial sense.

RouteNote has the best worldwide coverage, which includes YouTube Networks, YouTube Content ID, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Tencent, Netease, etc. Covering emerging markets including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Brazil.

RouteNote also offers a referral service, automatic splits between artists and labels, promotional tools including Fanlinks and Pre-saves.

Distrokid

Distrokid is a music distribution service that allows you to upload to the main stores and streaming services. Users pay a yearly fee of $19.99 to upload unlimited albums and songs and artists always keep 100% of their rights and royalties.  It offers only basic stores and then charges for additional services and more artist names.

CDBaby

CD Baby distributes your music to 150+ streaming and download services around the world for a fee of $9.95 per single, $49 per album and 9% of your royalties. CD Baby also gives you access to key demographic and geographic data when you distribute your music using their service.

Tunecore

For $9.99 per single per year or $29.99 per album (then $49.99 per year), Tunecore distributes your music to over 150 digital stores and streaming platforms. TuneCore artists keep 100% of the profits they earn from sales, downloads, and streaming revenue.

Record Union

Record Union has three distribution packages for artists and labels. Its quite complex in terms of pricing, but single releases are priced from $7. Additionally, record union artists are also charged 15% of their royalties.

AWAL

AWAL is a distribution service from Kobalt. AWAL is free to join and they take 15% of your royalties, but they are also invite only. AWAL believes in only working with a selective number of artists.

Get your music in front of influencers, playlisters, labels and more for free

All it takes is the right person hearing and liking your music and it can take your music to thousands of new listeners, but getting to that person can be a challenge.

It’s easy to get your music online on the top streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, download stores like iTunes and Amazon, and many more. We send you there for free. But once your music is live and available around the world it’s time to find those ears who are going to listen to it.

You don’t need a big PR team, you don’t need a label, and you don’t even have to pay for a lot of the great routes available to getting yourself in front of music influencers.

SubmitHub

Easily one of the best ways to get your music out in front of new people for free is SubmitHub. SubmitHub works to get your music out and heard by influencers writing for publications and blogs, YouTube Channels, playlist makers, labels and more people with an audience.

You choose the blogs and influencers who you feel suit your music most so that it’s getting in front of the right people who might like your music. They will take a listen and let you know if they like it and want to share it on their platform.

You use credits to send your music to influencers on SubmitHub and there’s a free way to do it and an enhanced Premium method.

You get 2 standard credits every four hours. With a standard credit you can send your music to an influencer/publication of your choice and it will be added to their feed. You’ll be notified if they like it and want to share it, they may give you feedback, or they may move on if they aren’t interested.

SubmitHub says that 4% of standard submissions get approved which considering they’re free and regularly updated is pretty great for some free promotion.

Premium credits cost a small amount but have a much larger success rate and guarantee a listen. A Premium submission will be responded to within 48 hours (96 for labels), they will listen to it for at least 20 seconds, and either approve your song or let you know their thoughts if they don’t approve it.

Premium credits start at $6 for 5 and get progressively cheaper the more you buy. Roughly 11% of Premium submissions get approved.

SubmitHub is an amazingly simple and affordable asset for music promotion and it’s great whether your just starting out or already have a giant audience.

The Chainsmokers attest to the power of tools like SubmitHub, saying: “We started on blogs and they did a great service for us, so we feel it’s important to keep ourselves and our music grounded in them. We’ve built relationships with a lot of these sites since day one so we love staying in touch! Before we would send 2,000 emails to each blog trying to stand out but you guys changed it dramatically.”

If you want an artists candid review of SubmitHub looking at what makes it great and where it could be better, check out this balanced review.

Upload your music in Hi-Def FLAC to streaming services for FREE

When you send your music out into the world for the people to hear you want to make sure they’re hearing it the way it was intended to be heard.

That’s why we’ve made it free to upload your music in FLAC to the top streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Tidal, YouTube Music, and many more!

We offer free uploads and distribution of your music to all of the biggest digital music services online. And you can choose whether you want to upload in MP3 or FLAC, allowing you to upload your music in lossless format so that listeners can hear every nuance how it was meant to be heard.

We work with high definition services like TIDAL and the newly launched Amazon Music HD so that listeners who expect the finest quality in their music can get it when they listen to you.

If you need any help or want to know more then get in touch with us by social media or send us an email at support@routenote.com.

Start your high definition music journey at RouteNote and let the world hear you.

How to see your real-time stats on SoundCloud

When your track goes live you want to be able to watch it as people around the world start listening, loving, and sharing it around – doing so is simple.

There’s a thrill in counting the streams just after you’ve launched your latest track online. Watching your momentum with every play, every love heart, every comment, and every share is a special time for an artist. So you want to be able to track it in real-time with ease.

When you upload your SoundCloud watching the plays and reactions come in minute by minute is simple. Their basic stats present you with how many people have streamed your music, they track your likes, and show how many people are sharing your music with their friends via reposts.

But what if you want to get even deeper?

SoundCloud’s extensive stats take a dive inside exactly who is listening so you can really see who the fans are. Extensive stats, available to Pro Unlimited users, show you top listeners, the cities playing your music, even the devices and websites where your music being played.

If your track is making waves and getting lots of plays taking a deeper look at the people loving your music can help you in many ways. See where people are listening to arrange tour dates, find out websites people are listening from to get in touch with influencers, give your biggest fans props and more.

However you track your performance, SoundCloud has got you covered to watch your music’s momentum.

How to get an Official Artist Channel on YouTube

As an artist you want to make sure that your image on any platform represents you as best as possible, especially the world’s favourite video site.

YouTube is the internet’s largest home of creators and viewers. It is not just a hub for video but for creativity, for education, for connecting, and of course for music.

As an artist on YouTube an Official Artist Channel brings together all of your content from music videos, interviews, teasers, behind the scenes, and more!

To get an Official Artist Channel on YouTube you will need an existing YouTube channel that you own and have access to. Then you will need to ensure that you have 3 official music videos on YouTube from a music distribution partner – Hello from RouteNote 👋

Official Artist Channels provide you with:

  • Organised content: The Official Artist Channel layout automatically organises your discography into an album section and your Official Music Videos into a new playlist. For a consistent fan experience across YouTube, you can’t edit these playlists. However, you can place one section above your locked video and album sections to promote anything you like on your Official Artist Channel.
  • Discoverability in search: When your fans search for you on YouTube, they’ll be linked directly to your Official Artist Channel from your watch card on the right side of the screen.
  • Promotional content: Choose what you want to highlight in the dedicated promotional shelf and in the featured video slot.
  • Fan engagement: One verified and official channel where you can directly reach and engage with your fans on YouTube.
  • YouTube Analytics: Track the performance of your channel and videos with real-time metrics and reports.

Is Apple Music for Artists Available on iOS?

Yes. Apple Music for Artists is now live and available on desktop devices and on mobile iOS devices.

Artists can now register for Free for Apple Music for Artists here.

Its important for artists to signup for both Apple Music for Artists and Spotify for Artists. These platforms can provide important listener data that will just get better and better with time!

How to make your music available to pre-save on Spotify for free

Spotify Pre-Saves ensure that when you’re building hype for your new music release you’ve got as many listeners tuning in on the day as possible.

Like pre-orders on iTunes, when your music is available for Pre-Save on Spotify people can come and find it before it’s released. This can be really valuable – fans can save your music in advance, playlists can add it ready for the drop date, new listeners can add it to their queue so it plays as soon as it’s ready.

Pre-Saves will help to boost your first day streams ensuring that your release day makes the impact that you want your music to have. You can also make a cool card so that when people go to Pre-Save your music they’ll be presenting with your own unique image and you can introduce your new music – writing about what it means to you and what it’s about.

If you’re releasing your music for free on RouteNote you can set your music up on Spotify for Pre-Saves. Here’s how!

1. Upload Your Music

The first step is to get your music to Spotify of course. It’s free and easy to upload your music at www.routenote.com. You can choose from all of the top music services in the world to send your music to including iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Deezer, Pandora, and many more.

Make sure you select Spotify if you want to Pre-Save.

2. Set Your Release Date

When you’re uploading your release you need to set a release date in the future so there’s time for people to save your music of course! Set your Release Date when you upload your music.

You’re going to want to set it to go live a while after you upload it so that there is time for it to go online and to let your Pre-Save campaign work it’s magic. You want to give time to build up hype!

We recommend to upload it at least 2 weeks before you want your release available to Pre-Save to give it time to upload, get moderated, and process in Spotify. Then you want about a month for it to be available to Pre-Save before the official release date.

Give it time – we know you want to get your music online and being listened to but patience builds excitement and anticipation.

3. Get On PUSH.FM

PUSH.FM is our promotional platform for artists that helps you create new opportunities to connect with fans and campaigns to take your music even further once it’s on the biggest music stores and services around the world.

Use Pre-Saves with PUSH.FM to give your fans direct access to your upcoming releases. With Pre-Saves they can save your music to their library so that on release day it’s there, ready and waiting to listen to.

Wish PUSH.FM artists can create cool campaigns so that fans get a bonus when they hit Pre-Save on your new release. Give them access to private tracks, competitions, early access to other songs and more!

This is just the beginning of what we offer you with PUSH.FM and there is much more to come as we expand it.

Let everyone know what your new music is about and get it out there everywhere so that on drop day your music is the hit it deserves to be!


If you have any questions or issues get in touch at support@routenote.com and our team will help get your music online just the way you want it.