For obvious reasons, you should use an artist/band name that doesn’t already exist in stores. Having several artists with the same name just causes all kinds of confusion. Imagine if there were two Amit Singh, or two Neha Singh (a common name no doubt).
But sometimes this can’t be avoided. Here are the main questions people ask when there’s another artist with the same name as them.
Will I get paid? Or will that guy with the same name as me get paid for my downloads?
You’ll get paid for your downloads. Technologically, artist names are totally independent of sales tracking. So you’re all good and have nothing to worry about.
But, ideally, if someone already has the name, you should come up with a different name. In the world of actors, for example, no two actors are allowed to have the same name as each other and both belong to SAG (the actors union). That’s why Amitabh Bacchan is Amitabh Bacchan, and not Amit Bacchan or Amitji Bacchan — those names were taken. If you want to look like a pro, suck it up and come up with a different name if yours is already taken.
Last Update: February 3, 2018
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