Rihanna Acquired The Rights To The Masters Of All Her Albums
Congratulations to Rihanna who has acquired the masters to all her previous recordings. This is a smart move for her because many of the artists today hand over the rights to their recordings as part of the contract they make with the record company. The record company can then get paid whenever the music is played publicly, on the radio, is featured in commercials or used in any sort of production.
The artist is only entitled to just a small piece of that money, depending on what they negotiate with the recording company.
Here are some other African American artists that own the Masters to their music include:
Ray Charles (one of the first to ever do it)
Michael Jackson (His was recently bought back by Sony for 750mill)
Stevie Wonder (owns everything after 1971)
LL Cool J
Joey Badass and Keyshia