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MP! Guide: How to find out who wrote your favourite song


Now that Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ is pouring out for everyone to enjoy, many eyes have turned to the album’s credits to see who has written and produced what. The album has a variety of writers; some you’ve heard of and some you might not be familiar with.

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With this in mind, we’ve come up with this foolproof guide on how to find out who has written that song you can’t get out of your head!

1) Album credits: Back in the day when CDs were a thing, you used to be able to pull out the insert booklet and have a gander at all the writers. Nowadays, when you purchase something on iTunes, you’ll find that it comes with a digital notebook with all that information.

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2) iTunes Metadata: This one might seem a little more complicated but it’s really simple. Just right click the track in question on iTunes and press the ‘More Information’ button. There, you’ll find a box with all the names of the writers and producers of the track.

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3) Wikipedia: Not necessarily the most reliable source out there but 8/10 it’s usually right! Along the right hand side of the page, you’ll find a list of all record contributors and further down the page, there may be more explanation about the track.

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4) Social Media: Usually when an artist is about to premiere a new single, they’ll include the names of the people that helped make it. If not, it might be worth dropping them a quick tweet. But be sure to ask politely.

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5) Music copyright holders: These companies protect the rights of songwriters and musicians and make sure their work isn’t being used in the wrong way or being profited from elsewhere. Sites such as ASCAP and BMI have all the information you need. But be warned, these sometimes have a fee so only use it if it’s really necessary.

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Have you found any surprise songwriters? Tell us who your favourite songwriter is @maximumpop

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