Questions tagged [music-business]

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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lead artist and featured artist of a song - how are they determined?

I just wanted to know for a collaborative song, what are the factors affecting which artists to be credited as the lead artists and which artists to be credited as the featured artist.
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Why are female singers criticised when singing live more than male singers? [closed]

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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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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What is the role of a distribution company?

What is the role of a distribution company? My question is specifically, do they make sure you get radio-plays and that your song actually reaches the people... If not who's work is that? Who makes ...
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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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What happens to costumes when tour is over?

Do singers buy tour outfits or do they come up with ideas for each outfit and have people make them? When a tour is over does the singer return them, or keep them??? I know some go on display, but if ...
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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 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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Do bands have economic incentives to have a low number of members?

Assuming that a) The income coming from touring, streaming and selling records/merch is independent from the number of members in a band; b) It's hard for artists to make a living through music; ...
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Who is the real songwriter of a song?

When I Google a song lyrics, Google usually shows it with songwriters at the bottom. For instance, "post malone paranoid lyrics" Is it possible to find out who took what part in songwriting process? ...
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Will Taylor Swift release her re-Recorded music to the public?

I heard Information about since last year that Scooter Bruan wouldn't give Taylor her old Masters back. She has announced as of November 1st of this Taylor Swift would be free to Re-Record Taylor ...
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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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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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Independent Artists Vs Signed artists with masters ownership

I would like to know at the end of the day what is the importance of being signed and of being independent as a music artist? Lets say you are signed but you have an ownership for your masters, how ...
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Is there a kind of certificate for those who have listened to a lot of music? [closed]

There are certificates for those who can play musical instruments. Is there a certificate for those who have listened to a lot of music?