Radio station full of cover songs instead of originals

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Radio station full of cover songs instead of originals

wlbryant
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Seems like anytime I turn on an oldies station, I get songs that say they are by a particular artist, but are actually "tribute" bands or fun "60s collections". The split between original songs and fake ones are about 50/50, it's very very bad.

 

#1, many of these are much worse than the originals, or at least not the same.

#2, this takes plays from the original artists and gives it to people who then exploit the system to create more of the same

#3, I hit thumbs down on a song to stop playing it and it records that I don't like that song by that artist, which sucks because I just want to hear the actual song by the actual artist.

 

Can you guys do some cleanup on this? Just a quick listen to just about any generated 60s radio station will show this problem. Or, alternatively, would you recommend that I record a collection of my own so I can get listens from people trying to hear other bands so at least I can profit from this issue?

 

Actually, I can give a concrete example. I just got "The Diamond Ring" by "Gary Lewis & the Play Boys", which was a fake version of "This Diamond Ring" by "Gary Lewis & the Playboys", which exists on Spotify but didn't come up during radio play.

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Peter__
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I guess this sort of comes under this ideas topic about giving priority to originals. 

Although, I have found a few epic cover bands from radio so can't complain!

 

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wlbryant
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There are some good ones, but when an original song is on Spotify and the radio plays a version intended to sound exactly like the original to trick people into listening so they can collect royalties, that's the equivalent of the pages in Google that just have a bunch of keyword links and advertising.

 

When I tried turning on a radio station just now from one of the original tracks, the first thing that came up was a cover version of the song I just started the radio station on. That's a seriously junked up system.

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modder
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you're right, that is sooo annoying. A Song you haven't heard in ages starts, you're all exited and then they start singing and its a crappy cover. My 'Fools Garden - Lemon Tree' Station is like at least 75% Cover. In this matter Spotify could definitely learn a thing or two from Pandora!

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