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Karaoke “NO-FLY” List: These singers don’t want you to sing their songs!

Songwriters That Don’t Want You To Sing Their Songs in the United States of America

The 2013 Karaoke Cloud Music City Summit just wrapped up in Nashville Tennessee last week. One of the more intriguing developments was the release of of the karaoke “No-Fly” list. In short, these original Artists do not want you to sing their songs, and US law dictates that you need explicit permission from the artist to produce and sell their song in karaoke format. It’s a shame. It’s as if these Artists have really lost touch with what drew them to music in the first place and who made them who they are…why not let your fans honor with emulation? As they say, that’s the highest form of flattery…

The US is the only country in the world with a copyright law that prevents karaoke companies from producing songs without special permission from the songwriter, according to Karaoke Cloud.

Karaoke “No-Fly List”

    30 Second to Mars: Jared Leto

    ABBA: Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson

    Adele: Adele Adkins


    Alanis Morrisette

    Amy Foster

    Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Anne Preven


    Bee Gees: Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb

    Bon Jovi

    Brandi Carlile

    Brenda Russell

    Burt Bacharach

    Candlebox:(Kevin Martin / Scott Mercado / David Krusen / Peter Klett / Bardi Martin)

    Carl Sturken

    Chicago:(Robert Lamm)

    Chris Isaak

    Christina Aguilera

    Coldplay: Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion, Christopher Martin

    Counting Crows

    Cyndi Lauper

    Damien Rice

    Dan Fogelberg

    Dave Matthews Band

    David Byrne


    Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler

    Don Henley

    Donna Lewis

    Donna Weiss

    Eagles:(Don Henley / Glen Frey / Randy Meisner/ Bernie Leadon / John Southner/ Don Felder)

    Elvis Costello


    Eric Clapton(except “Layla”, “Tears In Heaven”, “Wonderful Tonight”)

    Eurythmics: David Stewart, Annie Lennox

    Evan Rogers

    Foo Fighters: Dave Grohl

    Frente!: Timothy James / Simon Austin / Angie Hart / Alistair Barden

    Garth Brooks

    George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin

    Glenn Frey

    Green Day:(Billie Joe Armstrong / Frank E Wright III / Michael Pritchord)

    Harry Nilsson

    Howard Greenfield

    Huey Lewis

    Iron Maiden: Stephen Harris, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers, Bruce Dickinson

    Jack Johnson

    Jack Tempchin

    Jacques Brel

    James Horner

    Jay-Z (RocNation)

    Jeff Lynne


    Jimmy Page

    Joe Henry

    John Mayer

    John Williams

    Joni Mitchell

    Justin Timberlake

    Katy Perry

    Kristyn Osborn

    Lascelles Stephens

    Led Zepplin:(Jimmy Page / Robert Plant / John Paul Jones / John Bonham)

    Linda Thompson

    Linkin Park: Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Robert Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn

    Lucas Films Catalog (“Star Wars”, “Indiana Jones”, etc)


    Me’Shell N’Degeocello

    Michael Jackson

    Mumford And Sons: Marcus Mumford, Edward Dwane, Benjamin Lovett, Winston Marshall

    MUSE (Matthew Bellamy)

    Natalie Imbruglia

    Neil Diamond

    Neil Sedaka

    New Order:(Bernard Sumner / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Gillian Gilbert)

    Nickelback(Chad Kroeger)


    Pamela Tillis

    Paramore (Hayley Williams / Josh Farro)

    Paul Simon

    Paul Weller

    Pet Shop Boys

    Pete Ham (Apple Publishing)

    Peter Yarrow

    Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)


    Prince: Prince Rogers Nelson

    Priscilla Renea

    Radiohead:(Thom Yorke / Johnathan Greenwood / Ed O’Brien / Phil Selway / Colin Greenwood)

    Rammstein: Richard Krupse, Paul Landers, Till Lindemann, Christian Lorenz, Oliver Riedel, Christoph Schnieder

    Randy Newman

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    REM (Michael Stipe / Mike Mills / Peter Buck / Bill Berry)

    Robert Lamm

    Rod Temperton


    Savage Garden (Daniel Jones / Darren Hayes)

    Scott Cutler

    Serj Tankian


    Sheryl Crow

    Simply Red

    Snap (Michael Muenzing / Luca Anzilotti)

    Snow Patrol: Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Jonathan Quinn, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson

    Stephen Sondheim

    Stephen Stills

    Steve Winwood

    Steven Sater

    Stevie Nicks

    Suzanne Vega

    The Cars: Rick Ocasek

    The Clash: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon

    The Foals: Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan, James Smith, Edward Congreave, Walter Gervers

    The Hives (Randy Fitzsimmons)

    The Killers: Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci

    The Ramones

    The Swell Season (Glen Hansard / Marketa Irglova)

    Tom Evans (Apple Publishing)

    Tracy Chapman


    Van Halen (Anthony Michael / Alex Van Halen / Edward Van Halen / Sammy Hagar)

    Van Morrison

    Wallflowers (Jakob Dylan)

    Wayne Hector

    Yes (Jon Anderson/Steve Howe)

    Young the Giant

You could buy their songs from England, Europe, Canada… but you can’t sing them here.*
* US Copyright Law prevents American karaoke companies from producing songs without special permission from the songwriter – but karaoke companies anywhere else in the world don’t need that special permission.