Is there value in a song’s virginity?

 
       
 
Sep 23, 2004, 03:29 AM

How much value is attached by singers to the fact that a song has never been covered? How should a writer weigh this against the exposure that a song may get from its first release? It seems that once a song has been released for a commercial recording, anyone can record it whenever they want, making a “Hold” contract meaningless. This suggests that the virginity of a song has value, since artists frequently want a “Hold” on a song until they can get to the recording studio and use it before anyone else does.

 
     
Mark I. Davies Joined Aug 09, 2004
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Sep 23, 2004, 07:00 PM

It depends on the stature and exposure of the first artist to cover it. If you follow Faith Hill, it’s like following the banjo player at the county fair if you record the same song.

If it was something an obscure artist on an indie label recorded and it was never noticed, no big deal.

 
     
Bruce Haring Joined Sep 17, 2004
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