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TOPIC: Re-recording Music for Loyalties contracts

Re-recording Music for Loyalties contracts 13 May 2013 01:30 #2975

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This article is about how artists have been re-recording their entire catalogues of music in order to be able to renegotiate their loyalty contracts. Musicians used to be taken advantage of when originally recording their songs, and were given bad deals by record companies. In order to generate more income and protect their copyright for old music, they are re-recording their old songs and licensing them to filmmakers for movie soundtracks and making more money on these deals. However, the listener is the one is suffering. In this article the author writes about how he was compiling a mix list from the 1960's greatest hits and he immediately noticed that the hits he grew up listening to were remarkably different. Not only was he unintentionally compiling a list of re-recorded music - but they weren't even properly labeled. They were incorrectly marked as "re-recorded" whether or not they were. Finding original produced music was near impossible.
This article was a big shock to me. I personally love the oldies but goodies hits of the 1950's and 1960's and I would be devastated to not be able to find the original recordings. The article also mentions how deceiving this can be when one is buying music on iTunes - which I frequently do. This makes me think twice about purchasing music unless I can be certain I know which recording version I am downloading.
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Re-recording Music for Loyalties contracts 27 Apr 2014 16:11 #4768

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Great article find. That is so devastating to me as well. Music in its original form is the best because they put so much soul and effort into it. I hate it when I find a re-recorded track. It just doesn't have that same feel to it. I always buy C.D.s and most of them will have it labeled as an original C.D. so I don't come across the problem too often, but when i'm just wanting to listen to a song online--it gets tough to find an original of an oldies track.
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Re-recording Music for Loyalties contracts 23 Oct 2014 03:28 #5577

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Wow! I am a singer and I did not even know that this was happening. This very smart from an artist's point of view. However, from the point of view of the consumer, I would probably rather the original recording. There are so many things that change about a song after you sing it so many times. It will eventually change in some way due to natural progression. We, as artists, think that we are making it better but sometimes it is the smallest nuances in songs that make someone like it. I know that I do that a lot when I listen to music. So, I agree, I would rather listen to the original.
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