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The singer said he’s grateful to his mother, who is also his manager for ensuring that he signs good recording deals.
According to him, there is a bitter-sweet edge to signing a record contract with any division of the four major record labels in the world; Sony Music, Warner Music, Universal Music Group and EMI. Sadly, that’s not just a thing for African or cross-over artists.
Recently, American rap legend, Kanye West dragged both his record label, Def Jam Recording/Universal/Bravado International Group and his distribution company, EMI to court so he’d “be set free from the bonds” from both arrangements. His quest was to win rights to his publishing back.
Other artists like 2chainz have successfully negotiated ownership of their masters into their recording contracts. While successful independent artists use their successful DIY upper-hand to negotiate deals where they own their masters and labels are just glorified distributors.
Thus, the cluster in recording labels makes recording contracts not all ‘sunshine and rainbows’ and singer Burna Boy has echoed the same sentiments.
According to Burna Boy, we all need to set our priorities right. He went to write about how the human rights of innocent citizens are been trampled upon daily by the police [Instagram/BurnaBoyGram]
About 13 hours ago, the artist wrote on his Instagram stories that, “I feel so sorry for all you Nigerians and artists jumping into these “international deals”. You guys don’t know what you’re doing. I will forever be grateful to my manager/mother for making sure I will never be an “international” VICTIM. I feel very bad for every one of you. I’m hearing some really crazy shit out here. I feel so sad for you all.”