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Lease Beats Versus Exclusive Beats — What’s Better For You?

Lease Beats VS Exclusive Beats


I receive lots of ques­tions, but per­haps the most com­mon per­tains to the dif­fer­ences between leas­ing a beat and buy­ing exclu­sive rights to a beat. Hope­ful­ly this post will clear some things up.

Leas­ing A Beat

When you buy a lease license to a beat, you are basi­cal­ly “bor­row­ing” it from the pro­duc­er to serve as the instru­men­tal for your song.

You have the right to record your vocals to the beat. Once your song is record­ed, you can begin to dis­trib­ute it to the masses.

The pro­duc­er allows fora set num­ber of prof­itable copies of your song to be dis­trib­uted. These can be typ­i­cal­ly be dis­trib­uted via CD, DVD, dig­i­tal down­load (iTunes), or by any oth­er phys­i­cal or elec­tron­ic trans­fer of the song.

A dis­tri­b­u­tion is usu­al­ly defined as any phys­i­cal or elec­tron­ic trans­fer of the song. This does not include stream­ing video or audio (such as MySpace, YouTube, or Face­book), as these kinds of media do not actu­al­ly trans­fer the song file to some­one. The song is sim­ply streamed, and there is no recip­i­ent of a file.

When leas­ing a beat, the pro­duc­er retains full rights to it, and may con­tin­ue to lease it to oth­er artists, until some­one pur­chas­es Exclu­sive Rights.

Exclu­sive Rights To A Beat

Exclu­sive rights grant the buy­er full own­er­ship of the beat they have purchased.

Exclu­sive rights pric­ing is typ­i­cal­ly a lot steep­er than lease pric­ing. This is because the pro­duc­er will lose his rights to lease the beat Here are a few key points per­tain­ing to buy­ing exclu­sive rights to a beat:

After your pur­chase, the pro­duc­er is to imme­di­ate­ly remove the beat from the internet.
No oth­er artist may buy beats which were sold exclusively.
You should be sent tracked-out, sep­a­rat­ed WAV files to every sound in the instrument.
This is so that the beat can be mixed per­fect­ly with your vocals.


The deci­sion to lease a beat or pur­chase exclu­sive rights will ulti­mate­ly come down to you. How­ev­er, I would like to offer a quick word of advice:

I find that a lot of the time it is best to lease the beat first, and cre­ate your song. Gath­er feed­back about your song and decide if it is worth pur­chas­ing full rights to. If the song is doing very well and you think you would ben­e­fit from own­ing it, then go for it.

Why would I lease a beat?

You would lease a beat for the fol­low­ing reasons:

a) Your oper­at­ing on a tight budget.
b) Your plan­ning on dis­trib­ut­ing 10,000 copies or less of an album/mixtape.
c) You want to test out a beat at a show to gauge fan reaction.

Why should I lease a beat instead of buy­ing an exclu­sive at first?

a) You will save money.
b) You can sell enough copies to lat­er buy an exclu­sive beat which real­ly end­ed up only cost­ing you the price of the lease beat.
c) You don’t waste the pro­duc­er’s time and mon­ey if you don’t do any­thing with the beat.

Why should I buy exclu­sive beats?

a) You have no dis­tri­b­u­tion limits!
b) You have full rights for the instru­men­tal (will no longer be sold).
c) You can do any­thing what you want with the beat (exept resell the beat).

I hope this helped to clear some things up about the dif­fer­ences between lease beats and pur­chas­ing exclu­sive rights!

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