Can I legally do this?
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Musical compositions are creative works entitled to copyright protection. A composition's copyright is typically owner by the songwriter(s)' music publisher(s). Sometimes there's more than one songwriter and publisher. Sometimes the performing artist is singing a song written by someone else (or by several someone elses).
Music publishers make a lot of money, and have entire departments devoted to licensing valuable popular songs for uses in print, and in films, and in advertisements, etc. The more popular the artist/song and the more extensive the use, the more expensive the license would be.
One of the exclusive copyright rights is the right to create "derivative works" from a preexisting creative work. That can mean a film from a novel, or a book from an article, or a play from a record album, or a book from a musical composition, or anything else that "derives" from an preexisting work.
Here, if you don't get a license from the songwriter(s), and a grant of rights to use the performer's name and image, you'd be infringing the songwriter's copyright in their composition and in their "publicity" rights.
Consult your own entertainment counsel or help.
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