Cover version

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In popular music, a cover version, remake, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.wikipedia
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Bob Dylan

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On occasion, a cover can become more popular than the original, such as Elvis Presley's version of Carl Perkins' original "Blue Suede Shoes", Santana's 1970 version of Peter Green's and Fleetwood Mac's 1968 "Black Magic Woman", Johnny Cash's version of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", Whitney Houston's versions of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and of George Benson's "The Greatest Love of All", Glenn Medeiros's version of George Benson's "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You", Soft Cell's version of Gloria Jones's "Tainted Love", or Jimi Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower".
In the Golden Chords, he performed covers of songs by Little Richard and Elvis Presley.

Cover band

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A cover band plays such "cover versions" exclusively.
These remade songs are known as cover songs.

Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

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Examples of records covered include Paul Williams' 1949 hit tune "The Hucklebuck" and Hank Williams' 1952 song "Jambalaya".
Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in several different music genres.

ABBA

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Bands such as Björn Again, Led Zepagain, The Fab Four, Australian Pink Floyd Show, The Iron Maidens and Glory Days are dedicated to playing the music of ABBA, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen respectively.
Along with her own compositions, she recorded covers of foreign hits and performed them on tours in Swedish folkparks.

Revivalist artist

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Revivalist artists or bands are performers who are inspired by an entire genre of music and dedicate themselves to curating and recreating the genre and introducing it to younger audiences who have not experienced that music first hand.
Unlike cover bands who are primarily populist entertainers playing cover versions of popular hit songs to satisfy audience enjoyment of familiar music, revivalist artists usually see themselves as performers with a musical mission to revive a cherished genre.

Mechanical license

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A license can be negotiated between representatives of the interpreting artist and the copyright holder, or recording published tunes can fall under a mechanical license whereby the recording artist pays a standard royalty to the original author/copyright holder through an organization such as the Harry Fox Agency, and is safe under copyright law even if they do not have any permission from the original author.
In copyright law, a mechanical license is a license from the holder of a copyright of a composition or musical work, to another party to "cover song", reproduce, or sample a portion of the original composition.

Björn Again

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Bands such as Björn Again, Led Zepagain, The Fab Four, Australian Pink Floyd Show, The Iron Maidens and Glory Days are dedicated to playing the music of ABBA, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen respectively.
Björn Again has also occasionally covered songs by other artists.

Reggae

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Dread Zeppelin performs reggae versions of the Zeppelin catalog and Beatallica creates heavy metal fusions of songs by the Beatles and Metallica.
Other significant ska artists who made the leap to reggae include Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Ken Boothe, and Millie Small, best known for her 1964 blue-beat/ska cover version of "My Boy Lollipop" which was a smash hit internationally.

Pre-release cover version

Even with this, pre-release cover versions of songs can occasionally occur.
In the music industry, a pre-release cover version is a type of cover version that arises when a cover artist releases a version of a song before the original artist does.

Johnny Cash

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On occasion, a cover can become more popular than the original, such as Elvis Presley's version of Carl Perkins' original "Blue Suede Shoes", Santana's 1970 version of Peter Green's and Fleetwood Mac's 1968 "Black Magic Woman", Johnny Cash's version of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", Whitney Houston's versions of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and of George Benson's "The Greatest Love of All", Glenn Medeiros's version of George Benson's "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You", Soft Cell's version of Gloria Jones's "Tainted Love", or Jimi Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower".
American IV included cover songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails and "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode.

Crossover music

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Tunes by introducing or "original" niche market artists that became successful on the mass audience Hit Parade charts are called crossovers as they "crossed over" from the targeted country, jazz or rhythm audience.
These covers were popular with a much broader audience.

Copyright Act of 1909

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Since the Copyright Act of 1909, United States musicians have had the right to record a version of someone else's previously recorded and released tune, whether it is music alone or music with lyrics.
(Congress intended it to govern piano rolls.) In later practice, compulsory license made it possible to record and distribute a cover version of a hit song – once a recording had been released, and the copyright owner was served with a notice of intention to use – that directly competed with the original.

Rock and roll

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In the early days of rock and roll, many tunes originally recorded by R&B and country musicians were still being re-recorded in a more popular vein by other artists with a more toned-down style or professional polish.
Contenders for the title of "first rock and roll record" include Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Strange Things Happening Every Day" (1944), "That's All Right" by Arthur Crudup (1947), "The Fat Man" by Fats Domino (1949), Goree Carter's "Rock Awhile" (1949), Jimmy Preston's "Rock the Joint" (1949), which was later covered by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1952, "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (Ike Turner and his band The Kings of Rhythm), recorded by Sam Phillips for Sun Records in March 1951.

Hit parade

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It was popularized by a 1956 record Hit Parade instrumental tune, Moritat, for the Dick Hyman Trio, also recorded by Richard Hayman & Jan August, but a hit also for Louis Armstrong 1956/1959, Bobby Darin, 1959, and Ella Fitzgerald, 1960, as vocal versions of Mack The Knife.
In later years, a re-recording of a tune originally introduced or popularised by a certain artist was called a cover version.

Please Please Me

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(See, for example, Please Please Me.) Artists might also perform interpretations ("covers") of a favorite artist's hit tunes for the simple pleasure of playing a familiar song or collection of tunes.
According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic, "Decades after its release, the album still sounds fresh", the covers are "impressive" and the originals "astonishing".

Original Song

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The series featured solely cover songs performed by the series' titular glee club until near the end of its second season with the episode "Original Song".
Cover versions of six songs were featured, including "Raise Your Glass" by Pink and "Blackbird" by The Beatles.

Sheila (singer)

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In 1978, it was covered by French singer Sheila accompanied by the B. Devotion group, as a disco song, once more updating it to suit the musical taste of the era.
Her stage name came from the title of her first release, a French cover version of "Sheila", a hit by Tommy Roe.

Tribute act

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Tribute acts or bands are performers who make a living by recreating the music of one particular artist or band.

Glee (TV series)

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Coulton's cover was then covered, without attribution, in 2013 by the show Glee, and was so similar that Coulton, among others, alleged plagiarism of his arrangement.
The series features numerous song covers sung onscreen by the characters.

RightsFlow

A similar service was provided by Limelight by RightsFlow, until January 2015, when they announced they will be closing their service.
Limelight is an online rights clearance service to secure a mechanical license, or the right to record a cover version of a song.

After the Fire

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Falco's 1982 German-language hit "Der Kommissar" was covered in English by After the Fire, although the German title was retained.
They came back into the UK spotlight when their English-language cover of Austrian musician Falco's song, "Der Kommissar", rocketed into the US top 10 in 1983, though it only just made the top 50 in the United Kingdom.

The Rolling Stones

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Some tribute acts salute the Who, The Rolling Stones and many other classic rock acts.
The group started out covering early rock 'n' roll and blues songs, and have never stopped playing live or recording cover songs.

John Paul Young

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New or cover versions such as John Paul Young's "Love Is in the Air" occur in Strictly Ballroom, Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free" appear in Romeo + Juliet, and adaptations of artists such as Nat King Cole, Nirvana, Kiss, Elton John, Thelma Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, T. Rex, David Bowie, Queen and The Police are used in Moulin Rouge! The covers are carefully designed to fit into the structure of each film and suit the taste of the intended audience.
Elm Tree gained a moderate following around Sydney, and after being spotted by producer Martin Erdman, they cut one single for his Du Monde label, a cover of UK band Marmalade's "Rainbow", which was released through Festival in November 1970, but did not enter the top 50 Australian singles charts.

Cantopop

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During the heyday of Cantopop in Hong Kong in the late 1970s to early 1990s, many hits were covers of English and Japanese titles that have gained international fame but with localized lyrics (sometimes multiple sets of lyrics sung to the same tune), and critics often chide the music industry of shorting the tune-composing process.
The majority of "hit" Cantopop, however, is not entirely local produced but the cover versions of "hit" foreign melodies.