In the ever-changing world of the music business, many terms get thrown around in ways that are confusing. If you are interested in playing in the “big leagues” as a “pro” writer, it’s important to know what people in the music business are talking about when they use these words, so when you are speaking to a professional of the industry, you wouldn't get confused as well as you won't be confusing them. Here are some examples of the basic definitions you should know.
There you have it. If you want to play in the big leagues, it’s important to learn to talk the talk. Telling a publisher that you’ve had 50 “cuts” can be misleading if the publisher is thinking you have 50 songs recorded by major acts and you really have 50 songs recorded by independent artist friends of yours. That can be embarrassing for you and can cost you a relationship if the publisher thinks you are purposely misleading them. Use the words “pro”, “single” and “cut” the right way and you come across as knowing your stuff.