Queen of R&B Anita Baker has finally won back her masters after a long fight. Earlier this year, she asked fans not to stream until she gave the all clear, and that day has come!
Baker joins a long list of artists who ended up in battles over masters, including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, and Metallica. Via Essence:
Masters recordings aren’t owned by artists initially because record labels finance the money to produce and promote the album and artists are paid via record sales. For singers like Baker, who have outlived their contracts, royalties from their work are still being paid elsewhere when they don’t have copyright possession of their master recordings.
If you came up through the pageant scene at a certain time, Miss Anita is going to bring back a LOT of lip sync memories, including “Sweet Love“:
And let’s not forget “Giving YouThe Best That I Got“:
Her new deal will be with Rhino Records, which put out her “I Apologize” video a few years back:
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