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Thu, Nov 18, 2021 2:33 PM

Launch Announcement: Music Video Title Type

Hi,

Following our launch of Podcasts last month. We are happy to announce that as of today, we have fully launched a new title type for Music Videos.

From today, there is a new option available within our New Title Form -> https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?update=title for Music Video.



We have also made changes across all IMDb & IMDbPro web and app experiences to ensure that titles of this type have the correct type displayed, and that music videos are discoverable via search features. For example:-

Adele: Easy on Me → https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15567264/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1



Credits for Music Videos are displayed appropriate on their pages e.g. on Adele’s page → https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2233157/ you see:-


Music Videos are discoverable via our Advance Title Search -> https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=music_video  

We have updated the associated submission guide -> https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/submitting-podcasts-commercials-or-music-videos/G75CJL7UUDSWV7U5#

Please do let me know if you have any questions, or spot any issues.

Cheers,

Rachel

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Hasn’t really happened to me. Do you perhaps add some kind of ”songwriter” attribute (which I never do)?

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I believe they use "songwriter" word with the meaning of someone who composes/writes the music. So in this case only dj/producer who made the music should be added to composer section I think. Lyricist should only be added to music department. That's what I do at least, I only add the person who makes the music to composer section.

I think they should use a more specific word there instead of "songwriter" since it can mean both.

Perhaps @MarkC can clarify this as well?

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Hi @mbmb, your interpretation of the intended use for songwriter and composer are correct, although we do not have a hard rule on when someone can or cannot be defined as a songwriter, so @eboy your approach of matching the official song credits is valid and aligns with IMDb's wider policy of deferring to official credits where available. Next year we will be exploring how we can improve credit categorisation for Music Videos to remove some of this ambiguity and ensure the labels are relevant to this category of entertainment. 

When we commence this work we will seek input from contributors to help guide our decisions.

Thanks again for your input and passion in this area,

Mark

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Usually the people who wrote the song are listed in the album/cd/single/etc credits (usually the music video itself doesn’t list this info, let alone other credits for that matter). I always try to go with the ”official” song credits.

If the song says (e.g.) ”Lennon–McCartney”, it means (in this case) that they both wrote music and lyrics. In those cases I would just add the Composer credit (IMDb music videos) for both, and not separate lyricist at all.

With (e.g.) ”Rodgers and Hammerstein”, I would add Rodgers as a Composer and Hammerstein as Lyricist.

The guide is a bit vague with this type of info, considering how differently songs are credited and sometimes it’s not that easy to know who actually is the ”composer” and who’s the ”lyricists”. IF they’re two different people in the first place.

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