What exactly is music publishing? How do songwriters account for their songs? Who pays out royalties? This is part 1 of an overview of music publishing.
Published October 14th, 2020 | Kristina Didero
When a new song is released, it is usually accounted for by the artist or record company who recorded it. However, we often forget that without songwriters many of the songs that these artists produce would never come to fruition.
A song is written, the instrumentals are arranged, and now it’s time to get into the studio and record it. Typically the first step is to individually record each instrument playing the song from start to finish so that you end up with a number of different tracks. Next, the music is edited to adjust the tempo, timing, or pitch of any of the performances. Then, the music producer hands the files off to a music mixer who will adjust the levels of the sound and put the tracks together.
The recording industry has proven itself time and time again of its potential to be very lucrative. Since the 1920s, it has been a major income generator with a straightforward process: put out a record, sell a couple hundred thousand, go on tour, and sell even more albums, and then bask in the glory of your earnings. However, in 100 plus years, a lot has happened for the recording industry. In current times, the business struggles to accrue wealth in the same way it used to for pretty much one reason: consumers aren’t willing to pay that much for music anymore. Let’s take a look at the history of recorded music and see how we got here. Read more “MUSIC INDUSTRY NOTES: A Brief History of the Recording Industry and Record Labels”
We are launching a series of 7″ splits. To kick off the series, Split #1 will feature Sister Mantos (Los Angeles, CA) and Cartas A Felice (San Salvador, SV).
The first of a series of 7” Splits from Normandie Records. #1 features Los Angeles based Sister Mantos and their song “Siempre” from their album, “Songs In The Key of Destroy Capitalism” and San Salvador, El Salvador based Cartas A Felice with their single “El Alacrán.”
After a hiatus, Nicolette Smith returns with her latest single, “Runaways” featuring violin by Nicole Alexandra, produced and recorded at Revolution 9 Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA. Co-written by Ajay Awasthi, “Runaways” is out now on all streaming platforms.
Stream all episodes of The Normandie Records Podcast on Anchor, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Hosted by label founder, Erick Sanchez, the podcasts features guests such as DJs, Chefs, Entrepreneurs, Podcasters, Sneaker Collectors, and Musicians.
AR Ferdinand’s single, “On My Mind” was featured on KEXP’s El Music That Matters Podcast – an extension of their show El Sonido. The mix featured music from 14 Latin American countries in celebration of KEXP’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming. Huge thanks to DJ Chilly for the love.