Music Recording Contracts – Eight Rules by William Genereux

I’m a lawyer who writes music recording contracts and litigates breaches of recording contracts in court. I have a perspective on things that are needed yet are often poorly addressed in these types of agreements. These things can be pivotal in negotiating a smart business relationship and winning disputes. There is no closed list. Here’s some of what I look for in music contracts and in the business relationships behind them.

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Marc Bolan – Reclaiming a Glam Rock Legacy

As with many top-selling music artists, Marc Bolan had a team of professionals making decisions for him. When he died prematurely, his team was left with inadequate instructions that most likely did not reflect his wishes. Rolan is still trying to untangle the remainder of the financial mess that was left behind after his father’s untimely death.

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Youth Soldiers in a Rap War

Depending on how you look at it, Chicago rapper Chief Keef, age 17, recently signed to a $6 million deal with Interscope Records (UMG) is a folk hero, another dumb kid, an opportunist, or a willing victim. He is a youth soldier in a rap war that rewards very few with immense profits, and leave most everyone else to deal with the collateral damage.

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