I’d never heard of this: artists being covered before they release their records. From The Telegraph:
Copycat versions of popular songs have been widely available since digital downloads took off a decade ago.
The practice sees session musicians and computer experts produce a near-exact imitation of the original after hearing it on the radio. The copies are sold on websites such as iTunes and Amazon, typically for 79p a track.
Previously, however, the copies have only been released after the original version became popular.
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It does seem incredible, and unfair, if this is not illegal.
Not the same thing at all because it wasn’t even trying to be an exact copy. wasn’t done for profit, and probably had the writers’ blessing, but I’m sure I remember that the first time I heard Fascist Groove Thang was a cover of it by Orange Juice in a John Peel session weeks before Heaven 17 released it.
That last sentence makes me feel very, very old :)