We here at Soundrop love cover songs, tributes, karaoke versions, parodies, and all other variations of music. We love ensuring that this content remains available for sale as long as you want it to be even more!
One of the most common questions we get is whether or not the original artist name may be used on a cover. There are certain formatting standards that we all need to follow to make sure that music is easily identifiable as our own.
The original artist name must never be used in an artist field (primary, featuring, etc) on a cover song or album. After all, they aren't the recording. You are!
The only time it's acceptable to include the original artist name is on the album title, but it cannot begin with that name. In addition that, please make sure that your artist name appears as large or larger than the original artist, just to make sure your customers know they are buying the right music!
"Radiohead: The Witch House Tribute" - this wouldn't work, as Radiohead is at the beginning.
"The Witch House Tribute to Radiohead" - this one totally works (and would be the spookiest tribute album).
Lastly, if you're releasing a single, then the original artist name may not be used at all. The album title on a single must match the track title, and since the original artist may not be used on a track title, it wouldn't work.
We hope that helps to clear things up!