Rihanna Acquired The Rights To The Masters Of All Her Albums

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS


Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Congrats to Rihanna who recently acquired the masters to all of her previous recordings. Folks are saying this is a smart move for Rhi Rhi because many of today’s artists hand over the rights to their recordings as part of the contract they make with the record company. By doing so, the record company can then use the music however they want and get paid whenever the music is played publicly, on the radio, is featured in commercials or used in any sort of production.

The downfall to these contracts is that the artist is only entitled to a small piece of that money, depending on what they negotiate with the recording company. 

Some other black 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) 


Master P 

Stevie Wonder (owns everything after 1971) 

LL Cool J 

Artists like Joey Badass and Keyshia Cole who have been producing music under their own record label and they also own the rights to all of the music.

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