YouTube Announces Expanded Music Credits on Videos

YouTube Announces Expanded Music Credits on Videos

YouTube Announces Expanded Music Credits on Videos

YouTube says the Music in this video feature is already available for over half a billion videos, and that it will continue to expand.

The section, called "music in this video, ' will start showing up on desktop and in the YouTube app under the 'show more" section.

By clicking the existing "Show more" link in a video's description, there's a good chance you'll see info on the artist and songwriter (s), plus any labels and/or publishers involved, as well as links to official artist channels and music videos, when available.

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"Live and covers are not now part of the feature". More than 500 million videos that contain music are covered, whether it's a DJ set, a gaming film or a wedding dance. But at least it's an omission that YouTube understands it needs to work on.

The move comes months after Spotify added songwriting credits to their platforms with information supplied by record labels.

Videos not only offer another side of the person making the music, but also of the music itself, adding in context clues and visual cues that enrich the sonic material. Partnerships between online platforms and record labels and publishers are working to fill in the gaps in information.

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Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said: "Songwriters are essential to the success of the music industry, but too often their critical role gets overlooked".

"This move by YouTube is an important step forward to deliver that goal and one which Sony/ATV welcomes".

JT Meyers, CEO of mtheory, commented: "Artists invest significant creative energy and financial resources to create compelling music videos. This is a great initiative".

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Grammy-winning U.S. record producer, songwriter and rapper, Rodney Jerkins said: "In today's digital world, achieving accurate and comprehensive song credits is more attainable than ever".

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