KARANOKE Classic hits banned from karaoke as performers like ABBA and Adele refuse licenses
Over 100 artists are no longer issuing new licenses for their music - with favourites such as Prince's Purple Rain and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer excluded
By James Mills and Ben Leo
Saturday 21st October 2017
KARAOKE singers have been banned from belting out classics by top stars like ABBA and Adele.
More than 100 bands and performers are no longer issuing new licenses for their music. Bars and companies which re-create hits without the vocals are baffled by the move because it deprives the artists of royalties.
The ban already applies to online streaming services but will be extended to discs from January.
And future releases will no longer be available on any format.
Jay Taylor, director of karaoke disc-maker Vocal-Star, said the move, which also affects home karaoke machines, will devastate the industry.
He said: “We can’t understand why they’re doing it, it makes no sense.”
Other artists on the list include the Bee Gees, Eurythmics, Katy Perry, Paul Weller and New Order.
Rob Kempton of music rights consultancy Footprint Music said a variety of reasons could be behind the ban.
He said: “Artists might want to negotiate their own deal with karaoke companies, or it might be they don’t want songs
That doesn't stop karaoke people from singing ABBA songs... They might as well grab Benny's ABBA-related piano renditions and sing it out, lol
As much as I'd rather prefer buying CDs over karaoke machines, I have no sympathy toward anyone who just makes money out of karaoke machines (they're a novelty, for me), since Kempton has made his point on that article... Music shouldn't be a weapon of annoyance.