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Collaboration is a common aspect of various art forms, but there is often an inclination to attribute the work to a single person or a few individuals. This is evident in the film industry, where auteur theory positions the director as the sole author of a film.
Films...have an entire theoretical construct organized around this very flattening: auteur theory.
The music industry also tends to credit a single entity on the front cover of albums, despite the involvement of many musicians, producers, and technicians in the creation process.
As for the many musicians and producers and technicians that are involved in, say, writing and recording an album, the front cover still tends to credit, by virtue of its prominence, a single entity.