Anita Baker is fighting for something she says is rightfully hers, her masters. She says she’s “outlived” all her contracts and that the powers that be no longer “own” her name and likeness and that by law her masters should be returned to her. “They’re gonna make me fight for it. I’m prepared, to do that.” Baker went on to make a special request of her fans, “Please don’t advertise/buy them.”
When an artist owns their masters they own all rights to the original recording of their music and therefore has control over what is done with that music. MANY artists find themselves in this exact situation. One of the most recent to make headlines about this topic is Taylor Swift.
Why is owning your masters so important? Money.
The 8-time GRAMMY award winner tweeted about how much an artist gets from someone, like you, streaming their song. Less than a penny.
Fans are standing behind the Sweet Love singer. They tweeted their support by showing photos of old cassette tapes and by saying it’s a difficult ask (because they love her music so much) but they’re willing to comply so she can secure her bag.