I just discovered an underground band from my area that recently released an EP on indie record label. On that EP, I found something peculiar about the songwriting credits.
All the music is credited to the entire band, while all the lyrics AND all the melodies are credited to the bandís lead singer.
I thought that the creation of melodies (as well as harmonies, rhythms, riffs, and chord progressions) are part of the entirety of musical composition. And I thought that a band lyricist just generated the words.
How can a band have its lyricist credit himself with all the melodies?
How can a bandís lead singer come up with BOTH the lyrics and the melodies at the same time?
Isnít musical composition considered a complete package consisting of melodies, harmonies, rhythms, riffs, and chord progressions?
If an entire band is credited with the musical composition, shouldnít the whole band come up with all the melodies as well during the songwriting process?
Any professional songwriters here care to give some input?