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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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Cover song royalties

Are artists that sell cover songs (e.g. Sleeping at Last, Boyce Avenue, Pentatonix, Jasmine Thompson, etc.) required to pay royalties to original artist of said song?
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Why do record labels still exist?

I've had a song stuck in my head all day. I went on to Spotify (for which I pay and rightly so) to find it only to find that it wasn't there (it was before). After a bit of research I found that the ...
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Do those cheap MP3 web sites based in Ukraine really pay royalties to artists?

There are several web sites out there that sell MP3 music files for 10 cents each. Most of these web sites seem to be based in Ukraine, and they all have FAQs that claim that they pay full royalties ...
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Permission for remixes?

Do artists (such as the Propellerheads or similar) need to gain permission to remix another artist’s song? For example, Professional Widow by Tori Amos was not only remixed but appeared on the Boys ...
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What were the specifics of Prince's “$100 million contract” with Warner Bros. Records in 1992?

In 1992, Prince signed a reported $100 million contract with Warner Bros. Records. What were the specifics of this contract?