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Questions tagged [music-business]

For questions about or related to aspects of monetary side of the music industry.

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How much different was Prince's income on records sold, given all his roles?

In pop music, it's rare to wear more than one hat. But a Prince record is typically written, composed, arranged, performed and produced by Prince. Is anyone in the music industry familiar with the ...
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How do I 'break it' to a musician that I don't like their music?

I'm just wondering what is the best way to 'break it' gently to a musician that I'm not really a fan of their music (or genre)? In a way that doesn't come across as rude or show any disrespect. As a ...
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Are “We are the World” incomes still sent to Africa?

The famous song by USA for Africa We are the World was initially written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to earn funds and help Africa. The song is still popular today (occasionally played on ...
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Did Charlie Puth lift a vocal run from Justin Timberlake?

In Charlie Puth's "If You Leave Me Now" (Feat. Boyz ll Men) at 2:40 Charlie performs a vocal run that is nearly identical to the run Justin Timberlake sings in the 'N Sync song "Gone" at 4:20. My ...
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Why is it so hard to identify Library music?

When a media production joins a music to their project, they sometimes use library music for economic reasons. For some reason, composers and performing artists stay anonymous and it is very hard to ...
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is there any particular reason why songs in spanish are taking over?

I was reading the charts for most viewed youtube songs for the years 2017/2018 . In it, 7 out of the 10 most viewed youtube music videos are in spanish. Notice this wasnt like this before, in years ...
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Why are female singers criticised when singing live more than male singers?

I mean, there are a lot of talks, youtube videos, criticism, ect about female singers when they perform live (she can't sing live, she can't hit that high note like records, she doesn't sound like ...
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Why are there so many “featurings” in released singles nowadays?

My references are Bilboard and Wikipedia. I was counting how many singles with a "featuring" ranked top 100 in charts last years. The trend starts increasing in the late-90s/early-2000s and reached ...
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Publishing agreement around Beyoncé's song “Sandcastles”

According to this information, why did the song writer Vincent Berry II said that the he couldn't sign the contract because it's a high interest loan? Why is that? From Wikipedia, who quotes an ...
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What's the difference between o/b/o and c/o

Often times when reading the publishing credits of a track I come across the terms o/b/o and c/o. From what I understand: o/b/o: on behalf of c/o: care of With all that being said what's the main ...
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Royalty reducers and ways in which record labels screw artists

Newbie here. I am looking to know how many ways can and do record labels screw artists ? One way which I came to know is making an artist contracted exclusively to a record label for which he is ...
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Why the majority of bands skip Italy in their European tours? [closed]

I have always been curious why none of my favorite bands tour Italy when they tour all over Europe? (there are very few exceptions) I used to think it was just a coincidence, but lately I have been ...
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Will song composers ever run out of melodies for songs?

I have asked this question from my intro to music college professor, many years ago, and his answer was in the negative. I have searched the internet for answers but not found any. There are many ...
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If a song was released in 2014 as a single, and released the following year (2015) on an album, what's the true release date of the song?

I'm creating a playlist and want to include certain songs released as singles in a previous year, but were also released on an album the following or vice-versa. Examples: Kendrick Lamar Released "...
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Does it matter when an album is purchased?

In terms of the money going to a band from album sales, does it matter when I buy the album? Is there a difference between day of release, one month later, one year, one decade? I would guess this is ...
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What legal rights do Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have over how Nirvana's music is used?

Do Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have any legal rights in regard to the licensing of Nirvana's music? I understand they have been in legal battles with Courtney Love over Nirvana's back catalogue ...
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Does it follow industry practice to use the term “mix” to refer to a different version of a song?

I am wondering if you could confirm with me if what I'm doing is correct: I wrote a song, Gotta Have You, and I'm planning on releasing it next month as my debut single. I will have 4 other versions ...
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How are band names protected?

I am sure that all well known bands have copyrighted their names, but how does this work with the millions of small unknown local bands? I guess there are a lot of bands with the same name, what ...
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What digital medium should I choose when buying music to maximize artists' profits?

Although I find Spotify immensely convenient, I occasionally read that music streaming services like Spotify has small payouts to artists. With new solutions like Cloud Player, where one can stream ...
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Is Christina's high note on “Fighter” real?

If you listen to Christina Aguilera's live performance of her song "Fighter", her high note is not the same as in the studio version. Is she really able to sing that high? Is there some studio ...
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How can Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud be nominated for 2016 Grammys?

Ed Sheeran's album "X" was released June 2014 and was nominated as Album of the Year in 2015 Grammys. Now, in 2016 Grammys, his song Thinking Out Loud of the "X" album was nominated for Song of the ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

Currently, artists just release singles with 1 track - the song. For example, Ariana Grande's single "Focus" has 1 track: Focus But wouldn't it be better to release additional tracks as well, like ...
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Why would a record label license a recording but not allow the performer to be named?

Today I was listening to a recorded lecture about the history of opera, which includes excerpts from performances. The professor mentioned after playing one excerpt that he regretted he couldn't tell ...
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What are popular genre of music in U.S

I am trying to find out popularity of music genres. This page provides the popularity of music genre, but its little old, can anyone share the ranking of genres based on popularity?
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What's the difference between Tidal's “High quality” and “High Fidelity”?

I saw Jay-Z's music service launched last night and I found one of their mini-games online asking you to spot the difference between "high quality" music and "high fidelity" music as that's its unique ...
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In which countries does the music business contribute most to the economy?

Some countries are known for coffee, some for oil, some for consumer electronics... Which countries' music industries contribute the most to their economies, as a percentage of their GDP? (Let's say ...