What is the difference between a Singer & a Playback Singer?

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There are a lot of people who are confused with singer and playback singer. Many people are of the misconception that both the terms are the same. Strictly speaking, although the two terms may sound the same but believe me there’s a lot of difference between the two. Here you will get a simple and best explanation.

Let’s help you in getting a clear idea of understanding the difference between a Singer and a Playback Singer. The difference between the two is quite simple.

Who is a Singer?

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Anyone who can sing can be called a singer. Most of us can sing a song and yes a common person like you and I can be called a singer. As we only sing for ourselves but not for any music album or any company and so we aren’t much famous like Sonu Nigam or SP Balasubramaniam. So, anyone with the ability to sing can be a singer.

Who is a Playback Singer?

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Now let’s understand who is a playback Singer. On carefully examining the term ‘Playback Singer’ you might surely get an idea that the term “Play” here represents acting or any film. ” Back” represents background and then finally comes the word Singer. So, the term ‘Playback Singer‘ relates to a person who sings songs for any movies or any dram or play, unlike a Singer.


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