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Who the heck is Adele Cara?

Most likely this is an even lazier attempt at confusing listeners than soundalikes: These remakes aren’t motivated by artistry, but by money. Soundalikes are a completely mercenary venture. The ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

I think Shocking Blue - Venus. It's been covered a number of times successfully: Original Stockley Sisters (1976) Yōko Nagayama (1986) Bananarama (1986) Seduced (2004) Arguably, the two most ...
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Do you need original artist's consent to cover their songs live?

No. The royalty rules are different based on the medium (live or recorded), but you never need an artist's permission to cover a song. In regards to live performance, specifically, the venue is ...
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Is Ghost's "Square Hammer" a cover?

No This song is not a cover from another artist. The song was released in a EP called Popestar and is credited A Ghoul Writer which is an alias for the band credits. The intro vaguely reminds me ...
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What's with dinosaurs in Vietnam?

Dave Wyndorf, songwriter, lead vocalist, and a guitarist for Monster Magnet, explains in an interview with Adam De Ville for Collide: Adam De Ville: “Dinosaurs in Vietnam!” Dave Wyndorf: Yeah!...
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Music group that does electric guitar covers of classical music?

Is it possible that you are thinking of the game soundtrack of Bachsmith II http://www.deezer.com/us/album/11803966? Actually the Rondo Alla Turca is from the first part: http://www.deezer.com/us/...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

Yesterday - The Beatles From Wikipedia Yesterday is one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music; its entry in Guinness World Records states that, by January 1986, 1,600 cover ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

'Unchained Melody' seems a potential winner with the following UK chart successes Jimmy Young (1955) Al Hibbler (1955) Les Baxter (1955) Liberace (1955) Righteous Brothers (1965 & 1990) Robson &...
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"Summertime", late 60s, early 70s, who sang it?

According to Wikipedia, there are over 25,000 covers of this song! However, the most commercially successful was Billy Stewart's version. It hit the charts in 1966, so the time frame fits. I had ...
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What are the lyrics to two songs covered by a 1998 Rock-n-Roll Elmo?

The first song is just the chorus to the original ABC by the Jackson 5, repeated twice with the name "Elmo" inserted instead of "baby" Ba-ba-ba-ba! A B C, easy as one, two, three Simple as do ...
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Is the song "25 ans" by Ben Mazué a cover?

Most likely not. According to the French wikipedia article, Benjamin Mazuet "Ben Mazué" is a singer-songwriter so he mainly performs on his own songs. Looking at his album 33 ans. There is no traces ...
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Alphaville forever young cover version

According to the song's Wikipedia article, there was a version released this year by Swedish singer UNDRESSD. It can be viewed on YouTube.
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

I Think imagine by John Lennon has made many hits throughout the years up until now. The song have been recorded each and every year and it has made many hits in the charts. Title Performer ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

Although Yesterday is indubitably the most recorded song, I haven't seen any evidence that it has hit the charts multiple times, perhaps because the original version is so definitive. Blue Moon, ...
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

The Loco-Motion hit #1 twice and by Little Eva and then Grand Funk Railroad and then hit #3 by Kylie Minogue. For big hits charting multiple times I do not know of any more successful cover versions ...
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Cover song royalties

If a song is copyrighted, a recording artist does need to pay royalties to the owner of the copyright. This may be the original author(s) (not necessarily the artist who recorded the original version, ...
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Equilibrium - Waldschrein. I am sure this is cover of some very famous melody but what is the original?

I'm not sure it's based on any one specific melody, but it's generally in a Celtic folk style. The specific song it reminds me most of is "The Irish Washerwoman".
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Tie a yellow ribbon VS kisses for me

Well, even though Save all Your Kisses was originally written in 1974, two years before it became a hit, Tie a Yellow Ribbon was a hit the year before, in 1973, so you'd have to say that was the '...
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Is this song (Shpigel) a cover of something?

Yes, it is a cover/parody/translation of the song "Mirror" by Lil Wayne ft. Bruno Mars He pretty much just translated all the words form the original song into Yiddish (unlike what he did with "Bas ...
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Is a song with new lyrics a cover, remix, or freestyle?

Traditionally, in American pop music, the core of the song is considered to be the vocals/lyrics. Therefore if you keep the vocals and change the instrumental, it's a remix. New lyrics and vocals over ...
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New version or extended sampling of Grace - Not Over Yet?

A quick look on Whosampled shows that there is a 2019 cover of the song by "Majestic featuring Patti Low". Seems likely to be what you heard.
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Did Charlie Puth lift a vocal run from Justin Timberlake?

There are certain stylistic choices that can start out as personal idiosyncrasies, but become so widely imitated that they end up as genre markers. For modern pop/R&B, one of the most ...
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Guitar riff that forms the first 10 seconds of Little Barrie's "I Can't Wait"

This is a fairly standard electric guitar riff, and unlikely to be a sample or a cover. Your best bet on finding similar music is to look for electric blues or blues rock. It sounds like this riff ...
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Rock covers of Wagner's music

You may enjoy the arrangements made by the Uri Caine ensemble released on this live CD. They don't fit any of your genre recommendations exactly, but they're interesting arrangements nonetheless. You ...
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Is Ghost's "Square Hammer" a cover?

I'd hazard a guess it reminds you of: The Police - Message in a Bottle The rhythm, the sound of the instrument and the specific melody of the riff are all very similar.
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Is Ghost's "Square Hammer" a cover?

Listen to this one... very much NOT the same, but this is what comes to mind. "National Aerobic Championship Theme" Then go watch the Kee and Peele skit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k-Dd71CqnM
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What is the original song for The Wiggles' "New South Wales Blues song"?

The song you are thinking of is "Tom Hark" by The Piranhas from 1980. Which is itself a cover of an original song from 1958 by Jack Lerole, according to Wikipedia.
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What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

In the United States, as of November 2016, the song "Hallelujah", written by Leonard Cohen, has seen 8 different versions enter the Billboard Hot 100, with 3 of those reaching the Top 40. I'm not sure ...
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