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

When supportive artists are invited to work on an album they are featured on the record. It is more like a description of what happened rather than a status. The lead artist is the one responsible for ...
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Singing English song as a non-English speaker

Many non-native English lyricists have had success with English songs (especially ones from Sweden, for some reason: ABBA, Roxette, Ace of Base, Cardigans, etc.). I often find those lyrics to be a ...
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Publishing agreement around Beyoncé's song "Sandcastles"

The typical publishing agreement contract works like this (exact numbers may vary): The overall benefits of the song are split in two: 50% writer's income 50% publishing income Most often, the ...
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Are there any artists who have written original lyrics in languages they don't speak?

The Police: Hungry for You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi). Written mostly in French, apparently with the help of Trudie Styler, with whom Sting was having an affair at the time. Reference: https://...
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Aldous Huxley and 5/4 Meter in Music Predating "Take 5"

There are examples of Five-Step Waltzes danced to 5/4 time from the 19th century from about 1846. These are also known as "Valse à Cinq Temps". There are descriptions of some of theses at the Library ...
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Are there any artists who have written original lyrics in languages they don't speak?

Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones of course) - (Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star (1981) - Has various parts in French, and looking at the quality of those parts it's very hard to believe Mr Wyman is fluent! Je ...
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Is it implied that a publisher also holds the copyright of a song?

The above means the copyright is held by EMI Blackwood Music and Dam Rich Music. The owner of copyright differs depending on the contract. The copyright holder is not always the same as the ...
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Which was first "Stronger" or "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"?

I believe there is no basis for the claim that "Kanye wrote it first". In all the evidence quoted below, you'd expect Kanye to have made some claim publicly that he wrote the tune. 1) From the NME ...
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Are there any artists who have written original lyrics in languages they don't speak?

As requested by the OP and with due respect to @Brahadeesh for making me think of it.... In the 1990's, British band Kula Shaker had a number of hits that were written with a substantial part of the ...
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Who is the Lavot credited on Elvis’ version of ‘My Boy’?

According to this page the writers of 'My Boy' were William Martin, Phillip Michael Coulter, Claude François, Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and Yves Jacques Lavot. Lavot's real name is Yves Lavot-Dessca de ...
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I had the Time of my Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

From Wikipedia: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" is a 1987 song composed by Franke Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz. It was recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, and used ...
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Who is the real songwriter of a song?

If you’re a musician/publisher and have registered to be a member of PRS for Music (or perhaps another copyright society), you can search their musical works database. You can search for a specific ...
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Who is the real songwriter of a song?

The roles are very often not clearly divided within the team, often the lyrics and the music are a collaborative effort. The producer would not usually get a songwriting credit unless they did ...
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Did Robbie Williams write any songs for Take That?

Yes. Robin Williams is credit as writer on the album Nobody Else in 1995. On the song Sure. Written-By – Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams Note also that when he came back in the album ...
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Would "Garage Band" App be considered a genre?

No. First off, the term "Garage Band" is also associated with starting bands with low budges so having that as a genre would be confusing. Second is genre meant to show off what type of music the band/...
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Would "Garage Band" App be considered a genre?

A musical genre is characterized by a particular style, form, or content, not by the means by which the music is produced. "Garage Band" is no more a genre than "studio recording" or "played by ...
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Are there any artists who have written original lyrics in languages they don't speak?

A number of Swedish songwriters have made it big writing English-language pop songs, despite it not being their native language --sometimes with odd results. One of my favorite groups, Roxette, became ...
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Songs like "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens

This isn't really a genre, because Stevens uses the two registers for a very specific reason based on the lyrics --he's playing two different characters, one older and one younger. The only other ...
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What happen to Roxie LS?

Bit of deeper googling reveals her real name is Samantha Del Greco - sometimes Zola Del Greco, Sophia Del. Hope that helps.
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