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Old 10th December 2011
Every contract is different, but if you wanted to duet with an artist on a different label for example, most times you have to have permission from both labels.
Recording contracts are generally exclusive.
Also, most labels look very dimly on artists damaging their own record sales, or collaborating with any competing interest.
In the end, everyone is in it together and we all depend on each other for the project to successfully make money. So, you can't say you wont appear on a particular chat show, unless you are selling bucket loads of records. I once knew a band who refused to accept a booking from their agent for a festival. For a laugh the band turned up and played (impromptu) anyway. Of course the agent didn't get his percentage fee. So the agent dropped the band.