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How did music propagate before recordings?

Oh, I see. Here's that story: During the time before music printing, and well into it, the vast majority of people didn't know about any music that wasn't being made right in their town or village. ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

I like the way you think. It makes perfect sense on the surface. But the music industry and legalities surrounding it are complex. There are a few reasons why this practice has not become common in ...
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What is the role of a distribution company?

Distribution companies can't get you on the radio. Traditionally, radio play is controlled by big labels with a lot of resources. Local, independent stations will often "break" new artists ...
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Was "All for you" by Imagine Dragons ever released?

The song "All For You" was a surprise inclusion over the opening scenes of Transformers 4. It was scheduled to be released on CD as part of the soundtrack, but the entire soundtrack got scrapped over ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

Actually, in jamaican reggae music, they do release the instrumental! Tradition, in jamaican reggae music, is mainly backing bands (e.g. Roots Radics, Sly & Robbie, The Skatalites, The ...
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Does it follow industry practice to use the term "mix" to refer to a different version of a song?

The concept of a mix comes from the days of dub and disco when songs would be edited using mixing boards and tape to change the pace (especially in dub) or to change the length and ideal for mixing (...
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What is the role of a distribution company?

In this day and age where people are not buying CD's distributions help to get your music to the digital platforms, Which is quit useless if you think about it, Because for the fact that your music is ...
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Royalty reducers and ways in which record labels screw artists

Although it has been more than 10 years I can tell you the ways my label screwed me. 1) Spending a lot of money- they spend money to promote me and my music, but in my opinion it did not always lead ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

I'm an intermediate level(aspiring pro) songwriter. I've just released an album of some of my work, which will soon appear online. On that album I decided to include an instrumental version of the ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

Some singles are released with acapellas and/or instrumentals. But that is basically an open invitation for anyone to easily produce unauthorized derivative works. These, in turn, are unlikely to ...
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