• Artists Can Now Upload Their Music Directly to Spotify

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    Spotify has announced a new feature that could transform the music industry.

    The feature, which is part of the Spotify for Artists platform, enables acts to upload their music directly to the streaming service without the need for a third-party distributor or record label.

    Right now, uploading is only available by invitation to a few hundred US-based independent artists, but Spotify says it will “bring upload to even more artists, labels, and teams in the future.”

    By enabling artists to upload directly, Spotify has moved into the space of user-uploaded audio content, which has traditionally been dominated by SoundCloud.

    It is the latest move by Spotify to work directly with artists. In July, the company introduced a tool that enables artists to submit their music for playlist consideration. And earlier this year, Spotify confirmed that it’s signing direct, non-exclusive deals with independent artists.

    Learn more about the upload feature here.

    Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Sept. 18

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  • DJcity Launches Latin and UK Playlists on Spotify

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    DJcity Esenciales and DJcity UK Essentials

    DJcity has expanded its Spotify presence with the launch of two brand new curated playlists: DJcity Esenciales and DJcity UK Essentials.

    The playlists will join DJcity’s flagship playlist, DJcity Essentials, which features new music from artists such as Travis Scott, Post Malone, Cardi B, Diplo, Major Lazer, Marshmello, A-Trak, Sak Noel, and Valee. DJcity Essentials has over 5,000 followers while playing host to guest DJ takeovers from the likes of MAKJ, VICE, Party Favor, Far East Movement, Kennedy Jones, and Wax Motif.

    As their names suggest, DJcity Esenciales and DJcity UK Essentials will highlight new and buzzing tracks in the Latin and UK scenes. They’ll be updated every Tuesday alongside DJcity Essentials.

    Listen to both playlists below or via Spotify’s app.

    DJcity Esenciales

    DJcity UK Essentials

    Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: May 15

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  • Spotify Now Shows Producer and Songwriter Credits

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    Following last week’s changes that benefit remixers, Spotify announced on Friday a new feature that gives producers and songwriters the recognition they deserve.

    From now on, users will be able to view the producer and songwriter credits of tracks on the the Spotify’s desktop app. The performers are also listed.

    To view the information, right-click on a track and select “Show Credits” from the menu.

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    The credits are provided by record labels, and in some cases, artists. As such, Spotify’s announcement includes the following disclaimer:

    “We realize some of the label-provided credits are incomplete or may contain inaccuracies, but this is just the first step in displaying songwriter credits on Spotify. The feature will continually evolve to become more efficient, provide better functionality, and incorporate more information from industry partners over time.”

    Tiffany Kumar, global head of songwriter relation at Spotify, said:

    “Songwriters are an integral force behind the music we love. With the newly launched credits feature, we aim to increase songwriter and producer visibility and, in turn, foster discovery among new collaborators, industry partners, and fans.”
    “The more we share information, the more opportunities we can help create for songwriters. This is just the beginning of making songwriter and producer credits more easily available to Spotify listeners, and we look forward to continually improving that information, in close collaboration with our music industry partners.”

    Producer Frank Dukes (Drake, Kanye West, and more) added, “It’s amazing to see Spotify give the unsung heroes of music some recognition on their platform. Definitely a step in the right direction.”

    The feature also benefits fans and journalists who have, up until now, had to search for credits outside of Spotify.

    Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Jan. 30