Adele, Abba and Katy Perry songs banned from Karaoke

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 October 2017


Superstars like Adele, Abba and Katy Perry have stopped Karaoke premises from using their songs

Adele, Abba, and Katy Perry songs feature on a list of tracks that have been banned from being performed at Karaoke.

The London born star's smash hit single 'Hello', Abba's 'Dancing Queen' and Katy's 'Roar' are some of the classic tunes that Karaoke lovers will be prohibited from singing, as 100 bands and performers are no longer issuing new licenses for their music, the Daily Mirror reports.

The order already applies to online streaming services but will be extended to discs from January.

Jay Taylor, director of karaoke disc-maker Vocal-Star, said the move, which also affects home karaoke machines, is set to devastate the industry.

He told the Mirror: "We can't understand why they're doing it, it makes no sense."

It's not clear exactly why the music is being restricted, but Rob Kempton, of music rights consultancy Footprint Music, said it could be a variety of reasons, including the stars' personal preference, that prompted the ban.

He said: "Artists might want to negotiate their own deal with karaoke companies, or it might be they don't want songs overplayed and put people off.

"Maybe some just don't like karaoke."

Meanwhile, Adele will pay tribute to the late George Michael with a heartfelt version of his hit single 'Fastlove' in his upcoming posthumous documentary 'Freedom'.

The 29-year-old singer will be seen performing the track during the opening credits of the documentary - which George was working on prior to his passing on Christmas Day (25.12.16) last year at the age of 53 - after she wowed audiences with a slowed-down cover of the song at the Grammy awards earlier this year.

And insiders also believe the 'Hello' hitmaker could be set to release her cover of the 1996 track as a single in memory of the late former Wham! singer.


1. Justine Riddoch24 Oct 2017, 9:59am Report

So how does this affect professional tribute artists etc The venues that we play in pay PRS for the use of music in lots of forms including radio playing jukebox DJ or act.

And us theatres acts, the artist pays 3% of Door sales to PRS. Every show. They get their royalties when sung etc. !

Maybe they are a little short of cash. Greedy sods.

I understand stealing someone's work. But Karaoke shows they are popular.

But I wonder how many songs did Adele and Katy perry solely write and completely produce 100% them selves.

They need a dose of reality.

If jukeboxes remove Said tunes, DJs , especially radio don't play em either and we don't buy. When all those royalties suddenly stop maybe they'll change they mund.

X factor will get interesting. Hi simon I'm going to perform another original song !

2. Bob Wyper26 Oct 2017, 5:13pm Report

The only thing that really changes is the administration of the licences to make karaoke tracks. The artists appear to be taking back control as too many small studios were producing tracks without paying for the rights to use the published material.

I think it's a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut though.

PRS were unable to throw any light on it, saying it might be a PPL issue, but I can't see that as it would be only for the actual performance being copied (covered by something like the pro-dub licences issued for DJ's)

I'm unsure if this an action by the writers or the record companies as each has different interests in PRS and PPL.

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