What If My Song Becomes A Hit As An Upcoming Rapper Or Artist?
By Gamerro Music
I get these questions a lot! Upcoming rappers & Artists want to know what happens if they only puchased a lease and their song becomes a hit. I get questions like:
”What if my song becomes a hit and I’ve only purchased a lease?”
”What happens for other artists that leased the beat?”
”The song I created with a lease became a hit, but an other artist has the exclusive rights.”
”What if I purchase a lease and the producer sells the exclusive rights to another artist later on?”
Situations like these don’t occur very often but still, you probably want to prepared in case it does happen.
In this article, I will answer all the frequently asked questions mentioned in the list above.
Buying exclusive rights to rap beats or leasing the beat.
As an upcoming rapper you may want to buy rap beats, this can be done through leasing a beat or buying exclusive rights. Leasing a beat is when a rapper buys a beat but doesn’t own it exclusively, meaning other people can use that same beat. Buying exclusive rights though means to own that beat and no one else, from the time you’ve bought the rights onwards, can use that beat. Whether or not to lease a beat or buy exclusive rights is, ultimately, something for you to decide. But if you don’t yet have that big of an audience, I strongly recommend leasing a beat. Leasing beats are comparatively much cheaper than buying the rights and if your song explodes then you can buy the rights afterward. But you need to be critical and ask yourself before buying exclusive rights or leasing whether your song could actually ‘blow up’.
You should not let your dreams trick you into spending too much money. If you are an upcoming rapper you can find many good beats for rappers, rapping instrumentals, hard trap beats and the like online. There are also many places you can go to for free beats online. Plus, as I see it, if you are determined and constantly work hard, you will make it big. As the saying goes, the sky’s the limit, so shoot for the stars.
What if I leased a beat and my song blows up?
So, you’ve chosen to lease a beat. Great!
It is extremely important to read the lease terms set by the producer before the purchase as each lease license will have different terms.
So, what happens if you lease a beat and then the song blows up?
If this happens, well you are close to overstepping the terms of your license agreement and you will need to buy the exclusive rights. Not only that, but you will need to negotiate and make a deal with the producer of the beat.
Some producers will follow up with their customers after they’ve leased a beat. This makes things easier as they could be keeping track of how well your song is doing and negotiating a deal with them will come easy as you are already in contact. If your producer does not do this though, you will need to get in contact with them yourself. Show them your song and keep them up to date with everything.
What about pre-existing artists who have leased the beat?
First, I will say congratulations on creating an awesome song that’s blown up! It’s hard to get your song known in this extremely competitive market, but by staying determined and constantly working hard you will make it big!
But now that your song has blown up, the beat that you licensed will very likely have been licensed by other people as well. So, what will happen to them? Will this cause some hassle with you?
Well, no. Not at all. Their lease license will be valid, even if you bought the exclusive rights, until their contract expires. No one else will be able to license the beat, but the people who’ve licensed the beat before you bought the exclusive rights won’t be affected.
What happens afterwards?
But that begs the question; let’s say you bought a rapping instrumental beat yesterday, and the producer sells the exclusive rights to someone else tomorrow, how will that affect your song? Is the potential somehow lost?
Not at all! The exclusive buyer needs to be aware that other artists have licensed the beat before them.
Actually, this is a term in the exclusive contract that they have to agree upon. So, if this happens to you, you have no need to worry. Your license agreement outlines the rights and limitations you have for your song, so make sure to read through it thoroughly. Because if you overstep those rights, it is a different story. Which begs a complicated and messy scenario.
That is; what if you’ve leased a rap beat and your song blew up, but another independent rapper has the exclusive rights. Simply put, if you get put into this scenario it will be very messy to sort out. Therefore, you need to be aware of a situation like this happening before you lease a beat and you need to be aware of ways to avoid it.
You can avoid situations like this by mainly buying exclusive rights, but this may not be an option for you for many reasons. Fortunately, there are more ways to avoid it, you can get close with the producer, show them the potential of your songs by contacting them frequently and sending them updates. If you are close with them, or even if you aren’t, you can ask them if they would consider holding on to the rights of the beat. If you’ve shown them the potential of your song, that’ll be much easier.
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