Music Industry

“SOS” vs. “Talk To A Friend”

Today’s blog post is going to be a little different from our usual posts. You ready? Let’s dive in.

First of all, I want you all to listen to both of these songs above, and see if you hear anything that peaks your interest. It may take you a few tries, but trust me there is something there.

I recently discovered SLAVES when they performed at the music venue that I work at and well, I have loved James Arthur ever since he was on The X Factor UK.

Anyway, I was on my way to work listening to “SOS” on repeat and as I listened to it more I noticed a similarity between both of these songs.

Can you guess it? Can you see what peaked my interest?

For those of you who don’t know I have a minor in Production so I have been known to pick up on things in songs that some may not be able to notice.

Although both, SLAVES and James Arthur, are very different from each other; they have made an impact through both of these songs and they may not even know it.

“Talk To A Friend” was released in August of 2020 on SLAVES’ album “To Better Days” whereas “SOS” just got released on October 22, 2021.

Have you spotted it yet? Do you think James Arthur took a sample from “Talk To A Friend” and tweaked it just a bit?

According to MasterClass, “music sampling is the process by which a musician or record producer uses a portion of an existing song in a brand new recording, looping it and layering it with new music in a new context.”

Is music sampling legal? Or you may ask yourself, “What about copyright infringement?”

“Sampling is legal under certain conditions. A sampled song is the intellectual property of its composer as well as its copyright owner (typically the same person). To avoid legal issues involving copyright infringement, a DJ or producer should obtain sample clearance from the original artist and copyright holder. A song with uncleared samples can lead to trouble, particularly when it is released on a major label or receives broad exposure” (MasterClass).

So, the question is: did I expose this sampling? Is it legal or is it copyright infringement? Do either parties know about this?

By The A&R Guru

Kristi, founder and creator of The A&R Guru, graduated from Belmont University in April of 2021. She earned her BBA in Music Business and a minor in Production. She's passionate about A&R, digital marketing, event management, production, and touring. One of the most important things she wants her audience to know is that talent is everywhere, and as a music industry professional, she is determined to find it.

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