The algorithm for judging the top songwriters had been created by music rights data service blòkur, determined by a variety of factors.
The first factor depends on popularity and is based on the number of days each song spent on the top lists of Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and YouTube. Next, the company divided each songwriter’s “share,” or percentage of songwriting credits, in their songs by the musicians’ total available “shares” in the top 100. Finally, they multiply that number by the number of days the song appears on the platform chart. The artist with the highest figure ends up with their respective rank on the chart. Confused yet?
— Blokur (@BlokurHQ) July 6, 2021
The artist took the No. 1 spot just ahead of XXXTENTACION, who passed away in 2018. Third place was filled by FINNEAS’ sister, Billie Eilish, whom he regularly performs and writes with. Fourth and fifth place are held by Juice WRLD and Ed Sheeran, respectively.
FINNEAS is also one of the most prolific producers working in the music industry today. In addition to producing for himself and his sister, the powerhouse musician has collaborated with Kid Cudi, Selena Gomez and a host of other pop giants. His 2020 credits include songs with Demi Lovato, Halsey and Justin Bieber. In 2019 he won six Grammys, including Record Of The Year (“bad guy”) and Album Of The Year (WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?). Eilish’s historic debut preceded the release of his own debut solo EP, Blood Harmony.
In addition to cementing himself as the top songwriting artist, the musician also found himself in the No. 1 spot on blòkur’s top 5 non-artist songwriters on Spotify. To cement the spot, he beat out Thomas Hull (aka Kid Harpoon) and Oz, who have written songs for Harry Styles and Drake, respectively.
FINNEAS is more than an artist and producer, though, appearing on TV shows such as Glee and Modern Family. He’s set to make his big-screen solo debut in the upcoming drama The Fallout, where he’ll compose the soundtrack for the film.
He even proved that world-famous pop producers have an affinity for Vans Warped Tour, where he played in 2015 while fronting indie band the Slightlys. Since then, he’s played sold-out solo shows in New York and Los Angeles, as well as at the historic festival Austin City Limits. The artist will return to Austin City Limits again Oct. 1, where he’ll play alongside George Strait, Miley Cyrus and Moses Sumney.
On July 7, it was announced that the singer will be performing at iHeartRadio Music festival, where along with Eilish, he’ll join the ranks of performers such as Lil Baby, Weezer and Khalid. The festival will take place Sept. 17 and 18 but The CW will livestream the event as a two-part special Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. You can get tickets for Austin City Limits here and iHeartRadio Music festival here.
But fans will hopefully get other chances to see the songwriter perform in 2021. While Eilish scheduled a tour to launch Feb. 3, FINNEAS announced his desire to begin one of his own in fall 2021. The producer has been unafraid to speak out in support of public health in the face of COVID-19 over the past year and made a plea for his followers to help him start the tour.
“For specifically the people who follow me,” the songwriter wrote on Twitter, “I have a tour routed for the fall—we’re announcing it soon. I cannot wait to play for you all again. We can’t do that if this variant takes off. Please get vaccinated, please encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated.”
For specifically the people who follow me- I have a tour routed for the fall- we’re announcing it soon. I cannot wait to play for you all again. We can’t do that if this variant takes off. Please get vaccinated, please encourage your friends and family to get vaccinated. https://t.co/0r9wle8rxd
— FINNEAS (@finneas) July 2, 2021
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