Music Licensing: The Cold Cash Facts About Money For Your Music

Every single year there are really good country songs released on the market and now we will present a few of the top country songs 2011 had to offer. One of the best country songs of 2011 is Ronnie Dunn’s “Bleed Red” which was the first solo release of the artist. This track is a new beginning for the performer, as it has gotten really high positions in music charts.

But I’m not an anti-Hip-Hop listener. I love Hip-Hop. I’ve always been sort of an old soul greatly influenced by the 60’s and 70’s R&B/Soul music and yet my generation and much of my own identity has been shaped from the lifestyle of Hip-Hop culture and the sound of its music. Being that I’m a loyal fan of Soul music in which most of the themes center around love and romance, the Hip-Hop love song has always been a favorite of mine. There have been a lot of love songs in Hip-Hop but of course the most well-known documented and celebrated soundtrack one is I Need Love by L.L. Cool J.

Many artists even had their songs sung by ordinary folks who then published their alternative versions on YouTube. It is worth checking out. The great thing about the amateur videos is that they do not have commercials in front. Just search, click, and listen!

Fonda and Hopper had asked to include Bob Dylan’s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” and hoped that Dylan would write an original theme song for the film. Dylan, however, did not like the film’s ending in which the protagonists are killed in the South. Dylan refused to license his recording of “It’s Alright, Ma,” but would permit a cover version to be included as long as it did not end the film.

Dethklok- ‘Fansong’ – I’ll be honest here: I love Dethklok. They’re just raw enough to be enjoyably edgy. This song in particular is a favorite of mine because the band is blatantly dissing the fans of their music, starting off with (my favorite part of the whole song), “You people out there give us more than just record sales/ You give us something to HATE/ And we hate you, you brainless mutants”. Dude! Awesome! I think this is why they retain a solid fan base; they’re raw and honest!

The black men who do marry are apparently a special breed. According to published reports by the U.S. Census Bureau, 45 percent of black men and 42 percent of black women have never been married. Of the black women who do get married, 52 percent of them will marry by age 30, compared to 81 percent of white women who are married at the same age.

This is another beautiful original setting by Katharine Blake. The lyrics are simple, anonymous, and heartbreaking, originating in late 13th-century England. It survives in but one manuscript where it is buried under a lot of legal writings. Interestingly, the manuscript has music with the text, but for whatever reason, the Baebes chose to use original music for this recording.

So next time you decide to perform a cover, give some consideration to these points. How are you going to delver the vocal? In what ways are you going to hold true to the original. And finally, how are you going to add your own style to it? If you consider these questions before you perform, you’re sure to give your audiences a cool experience. Have fun.