Electronic Dance Music Rarely Pays Rightful Owner

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is one of the most cashed-up sectors of the music industry, demanding up-to $90,000 to $175,000 for top DJs with little overheads.
However, The Guardian reveals, the sector rarely pays the women who sing, write the melodies and lyrics to the successful hits. Often failing to see the royalties and being replaced by younger and prettier ladies for videos and tours.

Antonia Lucas of the Vocalist Songwriters Alliance (VSA) relayed to The Guardian, the group formed after decades of feeling devalued and disrespected by club music producers and labels. "Twelve records came out of that session - six of which were hits - and all I received was £200 and no writing credits," says Antonia Lucas after her first session with a prominent garage producer 20-years-ago.

PPL an organisation known for ensuring that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work, were collecting airplay royalties until six-months-ago, for fellow VSA member CoCo Star's hit 'I Need A Miracle.'

Artist and songwriter CoCo Star released the club hit in 1996 with Greenlight Recordings in the US. Tiger Records in Germany and Positiva in the UK released 'Toca's Miracle' a bootleg hit that went to No1 in 14 countries worldwide, with German act Fragma. Susan Brice (CoCo Star) claims: "Toca's Miracle has reportedly sold more than three million copies, but I've never been paid for any of these remixes."

iTunes promptly took the track 'It's A Fine Day,' down when VSA member Kirsty Hawkshaw, former front-person of Opus III also had an issue with German act Fragma. The German act released 'Fragma's Radio Wave,' which in it's original state reached No2 in the UK in 1992.

The Guardian spoke with a representative of the recently new owners of EMI, Universal Music Group claiming: "There's quite a long chain of contracts behind this."

Challenging record labels and being "stonewalled," is enough to fracture the individual causing a nervous breakdown.

So what is it about this industry that isn't being grasped? Antonia Lucas suggests: "Some are just ignorant regarding how the industry works."

With downloading music illegally being a major issue, and the user clueless to the original owner and the legalities involved, these talented women have a tough battle before them.

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