Over 100 Artists Postpone Licenses to Karaoke Developers

Karaoke users will be “livin’ on a prayer” after league of popular artists announces new karaoke ban

Looks like karaoke lovers will be rolling in the dumps next time they head out for karaoke.

That’s because artists like Adele, Bon Jovi and over 100 bands and performers are now pulling the cord on their licenses with karaoke developers. According to The Sun, the new ban will also include karaoke favorites such as Madonna’s “Holiday,” Prince’s “Purple Rain” and even Bon Jovi’s singalong classic “Livin’ On A Prayer.”

And according to the story published by the UK publication, artists including Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Bee Gees, the Eurythmics, New Order and even some tunes by the Killers are on that list.

There’s also a graphic featuring a list of ten favorite songs that are set to get the ax. The songs include:

  1. Adele – Hello
  2. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
  3. Madonna – Holiday
  4. ABBA – Dancing Queen
  5. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling
  6. The Killers – Mr. Brightside
  7. Katy Perry – Roar
  8. Prince – Purple Rain
  9. Coldplay – Paradise
  10. U2 – With or Without You

Jay Taylor, maker of karaoke content for Vocal-Star, believes this move will devastate the karaoke industry and have a major effect on karaoke bars. Bars are already responding to the news, saying that such this move ultimately “deprives the artists of royalties.”

It’s quite possible that the artists are willing to re-negotiate their deals with the companies in order to demand a higher percentage of royalty rates. Or that they might be tired of amateur singers ripping their songs to shreds…or in some cases, performing better versions of the originals. “Artists might want to negotiate their own deal with karaoke companies, or it might be they don’t want songs overplayed and put people off, ” said Rob Kempton of music rights consultancy Footprint Music. “Maybe some just don’t like karaoke.”

Others are also speaking out about the startling news. Gary Oates, a karaoke developer from Normady. “It’s going to affect us, but then you’ve got to think about the other guys who earn a living from karaoke,” he said. “This includes the mobile DJ’s, the venues. [And] the fans are the ones who are going to miss out the most.”

Oates also warned if you purchased any physical product with the now-banned material legally, you’re safe. “We just won’t be able to supply them anymore going forward.” He also stresses how this ultimately affects the artist down the road: “A lot of these songs are from old artists who haven’t recorded new material in decades.

Via The Sun:

The ban already applies to online streaming services but will be extended to discs from January.

And future releases will no longer be available in any format.

And also, because this story broke in the UK on several platforms including The Daily Mirror and Metro News, it could very well have to do with publishing and royalty indifferences due to territory/region. No word if this affects regular karaoke in the States.

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