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Many Ghanaian artists have ignored the topic of music publishing, or should I say they had no idea it exists? Either way, artists in Ghana, especially the young ones, have no idea what this is all about.

There is little to no education on this, and I will blame the masterminds running the music business in Ghana, especially the Performing Rights Organization. I say this because publishers work hand in hand with them, and it’s only fair they share this side of music with artists

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Now, music publishing is a complicated topic but, one doesn’t need to know the inside out of the whole thing. The important thing is knowing how it helps you as an artist to collect royalties on all your songs no matter where it’s played or used commercially.

How the publisher monitors your songs and collects your royalties shouldn’t be your headache. Your concern is understanding what original content means and how many rights you have to your song.

Last but not least, anyone that participated in making that piece of music must have some amount of publishing rights unless written otherwise in a recording contract or split-sheet.

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In a nutshell, music publishing means giving a Publisher the rights or power to monitor your songs exclusively and collect all types of royalties on your behalf. I will write about the type of royalties artists are entitled to in another article soon.

To do this, you have to be the original copyright holder of the song or owns a part of the copyright percentage.

Most Publishing contracts are exclusive, and by exclusive, it simply means only one publisher or publishing company has the right to collect all royalties across the universe on your behalf. In certain cases, there are non-exclusive publishing deals, but it’s not very common.

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One of the advantages of having a publisher is the peace of mind to make music instead of chasing and monitoring your songs yourself. Secondly, publishers can pitch your songs to moviemakers, advertisers, and all sorts of places for Sync placements. (I will explain Synchronization in another article as well.

Getting a publisher is very easy these days. Distribution platforms like Beatstars (also a beat store), CD Baby, Ditto Music, and others have music publishing integrated into their platform. This way, you distribute your music and get it on publishing on one platform.

To conclude, all artists need to have a publishing deal to enjoy maximum royalty collection across the universe.

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K JUNIOR; ARTIST ON THE SPOTLIGHT

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K JUNIOR; ARTIST ON THE SPOTLIGHT

As most musicians crave to carve out a name in one music genre and be known for it; Collins Acheampong, popularly known as K Junior in social life is the walking definition of “Versatility” in the music industry. The talented K Junior is a Ghanaian Highlife and Afrobeats singer-songwriter. He also doubles as a guitarist and record producer. His versatility does not end there; K Junior is also known for his impressive sound designing talent.

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K Junior discovered his passion for music at an early age. He got addicted to Country music, Jazz and Blues. Kojo Antwi was also an inspiration to him as he enjoyed singing along to popular Highlife songs by the said music guru and the likes. With time, he began to develop an inexplicable passion for Kwabena Kwabena’s music and flair.
Versatile K Junior had at this point gotten so immersed in Ghanaian music and the twists and fulfilment it came with to an extent that all he could see himself do is tour the world and bring Highlife music and African music in general to the masses around the world, following the steps of legends like Richard Bona.

CREATIVE PROCESS
For music lovers who enjoy listening to the inspirational and reality-based music; K Junior’s lyrics and compositions are inspired by personal life experiences and trending topics. With words, he manages to paint the world and its accompanying realities in a musical picture. Being keen on melodies, K Junior merges other genres like the Amapiano, Hip Hop with Highlife music being the foundation of his productions.

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K Junior has been tagged, unopposed, as the first person to merge the Amapiano and highlife genres in a song – Mansa. A new combo many artistes are joining in.

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