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Are all singers songwriters?

im just wondering because its not that i dont know how to write songs,i can write songs,but i cant come up with a melody and everything and remember it

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Fans prefer singers to write their own songs because they feel it comes from the heart. However songwriters are often used. Sometimes a singer will collaborate with a songwriter, but this will be indicated in the credits and the songwriter will get partial credit.

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No, some singers have never even composed a song. The songs are written for them.

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girly5
what singers are those?
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One that i KNOW is elvis. He wrote 8 songs that never made it onto albums. The rest have been written for him.
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They are somewhat. A singer needs to know how to read music and understand it. I wouldn't be surprised if they just start jotting down ideas. Lots of singers have helpers to come up with songs too.

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girly5
i dont know how to sight read,so would that affect me in any way if i became a singer?
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It is something you should probably know. Say a writer wanted you to try out a song. You need to know how to read the music to sing it. They can't just sing it step-by-step until you know what pitch to make.. It isn't that hard to learn though..
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oh ok. what about with reading just only the lyrics? and where could i learn how to sight read and where i can easily afford it?
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If you only read the lyrics you'll know the words, but you won't know what pitch to sing. You can find some YouTube videos about sight reading. If your still in school, joining the choir would be good. You'll learn to sight read there. Also, search around and you might find some places to get lessons.
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girly5
ok. im still in school but my school doesnt have a choir or anything like that.
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Oh, we'll you could also learn to sight read in band or orchestra, if you are willing to join something like that. Just search around your area and try and find a place that provides lessons(:
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oh ok. i should be getting singing lessons too soon. i dont know when,i have to ask my CASA about it.
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Some singers started as song writers first and became famous as singers.

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Some do most dont

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not all of them

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No, some singers pay people to write their songs(like Dave in Alvin and the Chipmunks), and some singers don't even sing their songs, they're just auto-tuned hacks.

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girly5
what? and i dont know what you're tlking about when yous say Dave in Alvin and the chipmunks,but what singers pay people to write their songs for them? i heard that when someone becomes a famous singer,they have 3 options:1)they can sign this contract where they have someone do the writing for them and the helper decides what its about and stuff,or 2)they can choose to do songwriting all on their own w/o any help,or 3)they can have a helper w/it and the singer can choose what the song's about and the helper does the lyrics and all that with the singer's idea.
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You haven't seen the movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks"? Well, in the very beginning of the movie, Dave Seville is taking his demo CD to a recording company. The guy puts the CD in a player and they listen to it for a while. He then stops it and asks him "Who would sing this? Fergie? Justin?" So, there he is asking him who he thinks would pay for the rights to his (crappy)song.
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girly5
oh wow! that sounds nuts and in sain!
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Eh. It's the truth.
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girly5
oh ok. i guess thats all that matters
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Yeah, mainly.
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