I love Adam Lambert as much as the next guy, but, honestly, I just could not agree with this article.
Are today’s artists so insecure that the thought of anyone else covering their precious music makes them shiver in their boots? Are their egos that fragile?
Where would the world be without these wonderful arrangements of original material? Should choirs stop singing and interpreting original choral music? Should we whisk Michael Buble off the stage and ban David Foster from composing brilliant arrangements of original cover songs?
Better yet, let’s ban all the original music arranged for movie scores. Goodbye Moulin Rouge! So long, Sleepless In Seattle and The Polar Express. The list is endless.
And, contrary to what this article seems to imply, the original composer receives royalties on any new arrangement of cover material. I know this for a fact. I have issued three CDs with cover material and the owner has received royalties. And it is a hefty sum.
I am hoping that this article was taken out of context and edited to create a reaction – which it has!
What do you think about this? Are you in agreement?