There are other questions on this site regarding copyright and adhering to law, but I'm more asking where you'd go to find individual tracks to songs, free or paid; or if there's a typical or even standard process for requesting tracks from their holder(s).
I'm interested in remixing mostly vocal trance songs, and thus usually looking for the vocal track(s), as I can synthesize the instruments in my DAW for the most part.
To give a concrete example, let's say we wanted to find the vocals to Aly & Fila's "Paradise." Where would we start? (Or if it's easier to start with a more currently-mainstream example, take Zedd's "Clarity"—what would you do to obtain the vocals to that track?)
I know sometimes there are remix competitions for some songs—is there a site that maybe aggregates and stores the released tracks from these events? If someone here has experience explicitly requesting individual track(s), do you have any advice, or possibly an example email or letter you've sent to the holder(s)?
Thanks. I hope the scope of this question is focused enough despite the many sub-questions. I'm new to AVP.SE so please help me re-tag this question if you can—music and audio seem too generic, but I don't see a remix tag; I don't think sampling is the same as samples (which also doesn't exist); and I think vocals and tracks aren't really right either.