Releases will often have additional contributors on them such as a featured artist, remixer or producer. Step 4 of the product uploader is the perfect place to add these in. It’s important to ensure that you credit all additional contributors using the appropriate roles, otherwise, this may cause delays in your release being delivered to the digital services while we clarify the metadata.
Please note that if it is a single track release, or all tracks feature the same featuring artist, this must be reflected at a product level.
The options for adding additional contributors and how to use them are as follows:
Artist - This should be used when you want to add additional primary artists to a track.
With - This can be used as an alternative to the “Featured” role. For example, when there is a main artist and a standalone band collaborating on a project this would be an appropriate usage.
Featured Artists - Any artist featuring on the track (such as providing guest vocals or a guest verse) should be entered here.
Composer - The track’s composer should be entered here. The composer is the person that has written the music. This is essential for any release that falls under the genre of Soundtrack, Classical, Classical Crossover or Opera. For other genres, use the Songwriter role instead.
Lyricist - The lyricist is the person who has written the lyrics to the song.
Songwriter - A songwriter is someone that has been involved in the writing of both the lyrics and music. Providing this information is highly recommended. For Soundtrack, Classical, Classical Crossover or Opera, use the Composer role instead.
Engineer - An engineer is someone that has worked on the recording of a track. This includes the production, mixing, and effects. If your release is Mastered for iTunes [Link to article], you’ll need to provide the engineer's name and email in the ‘Special Requirements’ section of the uploader.
Producer - A producer can have different levels of involvement on a release. For example, this can be someone that has gathered ideas, suggested changes, controlled and supervised recording sessions.