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Composers Update… How NRW determines music genres.


COMPOSERS UPDATE from Neal Reed Worldwide, Music Publishers. 

How NRW determines Music Genres. 

Neal Reed Worldwide (NRW) publishes original music created by composers who produce music in every genre. Additionally, in collaboration with our artists, NRW is helping to define new categories of music. For assistance with your original music project, contact Neal Reed Worldwide subsidiary KFNR Music Producers, Oakland, California USA.

As part of our music publishing administrative services provided to composers, Neal Reed Worldwide registers tracks and albums with with the various industry tracking and reporting services, which officially track  the sale of music for the music industry worldwide. NRW uses generally accepted classifications and definitions from Soundscan, RIAA and Billboard, and uses industry best practices and its own database-assigned definitions in consultation with the creators of original music to determine the genre of each track published by Neal Reed Worldwide.

Alternative – Rock songs by artists that are featured, or could be featured based on their aesthetic quality, on alternative rock radio.

Bluegrass – Acoustic-based instrumental and/or vocal material, primarily comprised of string instruments including guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, bass and banjo.  May also include acapella vocal material, and is significantly populated by Christian/Southern/Appalachian religious material. Dominated by but not limited to ensembles or groups.

Blues – a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes.

Broadway – Tracks from Broadway musical cast albums or directly performed on a Broadway show. Remakes of songs from Broadway productions performed by a non-cast member are not eligible for this genre.

Children – Songs specifically targeted towards a kid audience. Music skews towards the pre-teen and younger set and is generally not played at mainstream radio stations, though some songs do make the transition to pop. Songs can come from straight-to-video film soundtracks, as well as TV soundtracks which feature children’s songs or music specifically targeted towards a kid audience.

Christian – faith-driven music which includes a myriad of sub-styles including Christian pop, choral, Christian rap, Christian rock/punk/ska, Christian metal, Christian adult contemporary, Christian country and contemporary swing.

Christian/Gospel – Broadly defined as Christian religious music, encompassing all styles in the genre.

Classical – A broad term that usually refers to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of Western liturgical and secular music, encompassing a broad period from roughly the 9th century to present times.

Comedy – adult-oriented and often spoken comedy tracks, either by an individual, a team, or a troupe. Animated artists can be included, and comedy songs can consist of live stand-up or studio-produced material.

Contemporary Classics – Current/modern day artists performing over traditional Classical repertoire

Contemporary Jazz – jazz recordings including acid jazz, smooth jazz- tighter, shorter, and more hook-driven, radio-friendly arrangements- as well as experimental, new jazz styles.

Country – Songs by artists that are featured, or could be featured based on their aesthetic quality, on country radio. In addition, country titles could also include some acoustic-based country style Bluegrass. and other roots-based forms such as Western music, honky-tonk, Western Swing, and country gospel.

Dance/Electronic – uptempo songs with predominantly electronic production Tracks include but are not limited to the following musical styles: house, progressive, underground, techno, electro, trance, drum ‘n’ bass, garage, ambient, chillout, lounge, tribal, trip-hop, disco, dance, acid-jazz, alternative, and industrial rock. Vocals are optional.

Gospel – religious music performed in the African-American styles. Includes, gospel rap tracks as well as black mass choir titles and select live praise and worship titles.

Hard Rock – A broad term for genres such as alternative, grunge, heavy metal and punk in order to distinguish them from pop rock or soft rock.

Holiday/Seasonal – Consists of instrumental or vocal tracks celebrating the Christmas/Hanukkah season. Titles can be traditional fare or newly recorded holiday tracks.

Jazz – Includes both traditional jazz recordings (jazz vocals and traditional jam sessions of instrumentals) and contemporary jazz recordings (acid jazz, smooth jazz- tighter, shorter, and more hook-driven, radio-friendly arrangements- as well as experimental, new jazz styles.

Latin – Spanish-language music which includes such sub-genres as Latin pop, tropical, regional Mexican, Latin Rhythm, Latin hip-hop, and Reggaeton.

Latin Pop – Spanish-language pop/rock music.

Latin Rhythm – Spanish-language uptempo songs including Reggaeton, Latin hip-hop and Latin dance

New Age – more ambient or ethereal than jazz, new age music is primarily composed of guitar or piano-oriented contemporary instrumentals (including flamenco guitar and instrumental rock music, for example). While vocals can be part of the mix, they are generally either left to the background or feature choral sounds (as in Native American music).

Pop – although most hit music is considered by some to be pop, songs that fall under this category are those where the primary radio source is mainstream top 40, adult top 40, or adult contemporary stations. Basically, songs that would be a stretch to define as anything other than a mainstream recording.

R&B/Hip-Hop – Songs by artists that are featured, or could be featured based on their aesthetic quality, on R&B/hip-hop radio stations. R&B/hip-hop titles can vary by tempo and include rap vocals.

Rap – Songs mostly consisting of a rhythmic style of speaking over backing beats. Singing vocals may be featured on rap titles, but must not be the dominant portion of the recording. The lead artist should be core to the rap format. Featured or equal billing of a core rap artist does not guarantee that the song will be considered rap

Reggae – songs, often of Jamaican or West Indian origin, contain elements of calypso, rhythm and blues, and may feature repetitive bass riffs and off-beat guitar riffs as well as regular chords

Regional Mexican – Spanish-language music with Mexican roots.

Rock – Guitar-driven music including, but not limited to, alternative, grunge, heavy metal, punk and some forms of pop rock.

Traditional Classics – music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of Western liturgical and secular music,

Traditional Jazz – traditional jazz recordings (jazz vocals and traditional jam sessions of instrumentals)

Tropical – Spanish-language salsa, Merengue, bachata and Cuban music.

Vocal – Any sung repertoire with musical background driven by big band or orchestral instruments. Can also encompass easy listening and adult pop. Primarily geared toward to the 45+ demographic

World Music – tracks that feature Hawaiian, Cuban, Celtic, European, Asian, Middle-Eastern, African, and South American music, in addition to any other musical style that is native to lands outside of the contiguous United States. All artists must be foreign-born or boast strong international music credibility.


Currently, Neal Reed Worldwide selects music genres from the following list:


Alternative

Acid Punk

Alt-Country

Alternative

Alternative Rock

Avantgarde/Experimental

British Pop

Emo

Gothic

Grunge

Hardcore

Indie

Lo-Fi

New Wave

Noise

Oi

Psychobilly

Punk

Punk Rock

Ska

Surf


Blues

Blues


Children’s Music

Children’s Music

Children’s Rhymes


Classical

Chamber Music

Classical

Opera

Orchestra

Symphony


Comedy

Comedy

Humor

Satire

Blue Humor


Country

Americana

Bluegrass

Contemporary Country

Country


Dance

Club-House

Dance

Disco

Euro-House

Euro-Techno

House

Progressive House

Rave

SynthPop


Electronic

Acid

Breakbeat

Darkwave

Downtempo

Drum & Bass

Electronic

Eurodance

Industrial

Jungle

Techno

Trance

Trip-Hop


Folk

Folk

Folk-Rock

Folklore

Psychedelic Folk


Hip Hop/Rap

Country Rap

Freestyle

Gangsta

Hip-Hop

Rap

Urban


Holiday

Christmas

Holiday


Inspirational

Chants

Choral

Christian Rap

Congregational

Gospel

Hymns

Inspirational

Mass

Muslim

Praise

Religious

Sacred

Spirituals

Worship


Jazz

Acapella

Acid Jazz

BeBop

Big Band

Cabaret

Dixie Land

Fusion

Jazz

Jazz+Funk

New Orleans

Smooth Jazz

Swing

Vocal


Latin

Bolero

Latin

Latin Jazz

Merengue

Mexican

Reggaeton

Rock En Espanol

Salsa

Samba

Tango


New Age

Ambient

New Age

Relaxation


Pop

Pop

Pop Folk

Pop Funk

Top 40

R&B/Soul

Funk

Porn Groove

R & B

Rythmic Soul

Slow Jam

Soul


Reggae

Dance Hall

Dub

Reggae


Rock

Adult Contemporary

Black Metal

Classic Rock

Death Metal

Easy Listening

Garage Rock

Hard Rock

Instrumental Pop

Instrumental Rock

JPop

Metal

Oldies

Progressive Rock

Psychedelic

Psychedelic Rock

Rock

Rock & Roll

Rockabilly

Roots

Slow Rock

Southern Rock

Symphonic Rock

Thrash Metal

Zydeco


Soundtrack

Bollywood

Musical

Showtunes

Sound Effect

Sound Track

Synthtrack


Spoken Word

Audiobooks

Erotica

Poetry

Prayer

Protest

Radio

Sermon

Speech


World

African

Asian

Australian

Brazilian

Cajun

Caribbean

Celtic

Chinese

Cuban

European

Fado

Flamenco

Gypsy

Indian

MPB Brazilian Popular Music

Middle Eastern

Native American

Oceania

Polka

South and Central America

World

World Beats


For additional information about the classification of your original music composition, send an email to musicology@nealreed.us


Copyright 2012. Neal Reed Worldwide. All rights reserved.

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