High OPM Royalty Fees Pushes Recording Companies To Revive Foreign Songs

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In the Philippines, revival of foreign songs or songs recorded in the US mostly, is rampant. OPM Artist (Original Pilipino Music) Nonoy Zuniga, in an interview with ABS-CBN, appeals to local composers here to find ways to make royalty fees attractive so that recording companies will be encouraged to revive classic Filipino music.

It is estimated that 60 percent of the music produced locally now are remakes of foreign music, songs like “Too Much Love Will Kill You by Queen” revived by Jovit Baldovino.

In an effort to revive the local industry, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and Filipino Composers Development Cooperative (FILCOMDEC) joined to form ClickMusic.com.ph. ClickMusic’s business model works like iTunes, where music fans can buy songs individually, instead of an entire album.

Its website http://www.clickmusic.com.ph will be launched in September this year.

ClickMusic will also be launching the first KBP Pop Music Festival, with the aim of discovering new talents.

In the meantime, President Aquino pushes a directive that will strengthen mandatory airplay of OPM music on every radio station.

The KBP Code, under Music sections, item number 1, states that:

All stations shall actively promote the growth and development of Filipino music. Radio stations are encouraged to schedule OPM’s in accordance with existing provision of law and the KBP rules and regulations (4 OPM’s every clockhour).

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