The official song of the 2015 Pan Am Games, “Together We Are One” sung by Serena Ryder, apparently has 22 writers to its credit.
I can hear the jokes now: “Which word did you write?”
Seriously, this is the music biz at its worst. Everybody wants a piece of the action so everyone has to have their name on the credits, even if you were just sitting in the room. It’s greedy and ridiculous. And the songwriter who did the most work or who came up with the idea (we’ll likely never know who that was), is pretty much ripped off because he/she has to share whatever income the song generates, along with getting lost in credits crowded by 21 other people.
The song itself is your standard pop arena anthem with nothing special to it. Other than the fact there are 22 writer credits.
Seems as if back in the day, there were numerous examples of “managers” and “promoters” taking full or co-writer credit for songs written by their clients.
I know it’s always been a thing…I wonder what the record is? I’ll have to research that!