Thursday, December 2, 2010

Today's Artist Is A Songwriter

Digital Music News offered an interesting article the other day regarding the fact that 83 percent of all mainstream songs were at least partially written by the artist or a member of the band. This came after searching the databases of ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, and cross-referencing the top 100 songs on Big Champagne's Ultimate Chart.

While bad news for so-called "professional" songwriters, this is generally good news for the public, since an artist is truly an "artist" if he or she has some hand in the songs performed, and that tends to be the kind of artists that we really appreciate as fans. That being said, songwriting credit is dubious sometimes (like producer credits on a television show or movie), so unless you were actually in the room when the song was written, you'll never know for sure who exactly wrote what.

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