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)
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.