To legally sell a cover song, you need to obtain the proper license and pay the publishers.
How to license your single song release:
CD Baby’s cover song licensing service is the easiest solution out there because it’s seamlessly paired with your music distribution. Upload your track to CD Baby ($14.99 per cover song) and we will secure the proper mechanical licenses AND manage the payment of the mechanical royalties you owe to publishers for every sale.
How to license cover songs on your album:
CD Baby Cover Song Licensing is currently only available for singles. We’re working to have a full-album cover song licensing service in place soon, but until then, please check out this solution:
Important: derivative works, including works that contain samples, cannot be cleared through a compulsory mechanical license. You need to seek the permission of the publisher.
For any other questions please refer to our Cover Songs, Copyrights, Samples, and Royalties FAQ.