Anita Baker gains control of her masters, tells fans they can stream her music

The past year musicians like Stevie Nicks and Bob Dylan have sold their music catalogs. Taylor Swift found a way around not owning her masters by simply re-recording them earlier this year. Anita Baker, 63, became the newest kid on the self-determination block when she gained the rights to her masters. When artists gain the rights to their masters, they can control the commercial deals made with their music. Anita posted the good news on her twitter account. Anita also thanked Taylor Swift for celebrating her win. Below are a few more details via Yahoo!:

“All My Children Are Coming Home,” she tweeted on September 3. “Catalog Impossible Things Happen… Every. Single. Day. Gratefully.”

She sent this tweet with a photo of her albums The Rapture, The Songstress, Compositions, Giving You The Best That I Got and Rhythm of Love.

Back in March, Baker brought to her fans attention that she had outlived her recording contracts and was legally supposed to have her masters given back to her. The Detroit-bred singer was referring to copyright reversion, which allows musicians to be given their copyrights after 35 years. Since it hadn’t happened, she told her fans to halt streaming her music until the issue was resolved.

“Miraculously… i have out-lived *ALL, of my Artists Contracts They no longer ‘Own’, My Name & Likeness,” she tweeted. “And, by Law…30 yr old, Mstrs are 2B Returned, 2 Me Unfortunately, They’re gonna make me Fight 4 it. I’m Prepared, 2 do that. Please Dont advertise/buy them ABXO.”

Baker had also called out streaming services like Spotify, referring to them as “thieves in the temple” that do not pay artists the royalties they deserve. She broke it down in a tweet writing, “2020 Streaming rate $0.003 – $0.005 1/3rd – 1/2 A PENNY Per Stream, for Artist. minus… *fees *taxes *ect. ect. ect. They need to Leave me alone.”

[From Yahoo!]

This is such exciting news. Especially since Anita Baker has seemingly been off the musical scene since the 90s. Anita alone should be the one making money off her music, voice, and likeness. Earlier this year Anita told fans not to buy or stream her music, but with this news she’s given the go-ahead. I hope Anita will spend a few years making money from her music while licensing some of her iconic songs for commercial use. Then I would like Anita to be able to sell her catalog. I know Anita won’t get deals like Bob Dylan ($300 million) or Stevie ($100 million) as their catalogs are more prolific, but I am sure Anita can get a pretty penny. Either way I am celebrating this win with Anita. Seeing these artists like Anita win warms my heart.

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  1. Yup, Me says:


    Ms Baker said “I won’t be neglected. I won’t be denied…”

    I’m going to have an Anita Baker marathon this week. ❤

  2. Laalaa says:

    It is unbelieveable when it comes to streaming era and music rights, as a musician, I am always pissed so this is great to hear!

  3. Paperclip says:

    Her voice is liquid velvet. Excited for her!

  4. MellyMel says:

    Very happy for her!! Was listening to her all weekend.

  5. tempest prognosticator says:

    Kudos to Ms. Baker

  6. Lili says:

    Well done to her, I think i own all her CDs would love to see her once again in concert , she is amazing live

  7. Merricat says:

    Wonderful news! Her voice is amazing; she is one of the all-time greats.

  8. Mireille says:

    One of favorite songs, Caught Up in the Rapture of Love. Record companies were insidious back in the day. As an artist, if you want a distribution deal, you basically sign away all your rights to your music as well as any music you plan to create in the future. Everything you create belong to the corporate machine. I once worked at a company where we had Chuck D talk about this at a conference.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Good for her! It must be so frustrating to put so much work and talent into your music, and then not own any of it.

  10. JRenee says:

    Since the 80′s, not 90′s. Go on Ms.Baker, congratulations!

  11. Christina says:

    This is so exciting!!! I listen to her recordings all the time, since they were originally released. Her music is so atmospheric and gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to hear her music in movies and commercials so that she gets the funds she earned.

    I don’t think she wrote “Angel”, but that is one of her most beautiful renditions. Laila Hathaway covered it live. Also a gorgeous rendition of the song.

  12. Anna says:

    Her catalog *should* be worth Nicks, Dylan, etc. She is incredibly prolific and her music is played everywhere in many forms. I’d be willing to bet a greater reach than Nicks and Dylan. Hopefully the demographic (and race) don’t determine the “value” of the catalog but we’ll see…

  13. Sidewithkids says:

    Great news. I love her music and she deserves.