Kanye West states Universals blocking him from buying his Master Recordings, in an explosive Twitter rant
Kanye West Master Recording Universal Saga Kanye West has had a busy couple of days on Twitter – posting screengrabs and videos of him, Texting Arnaud De Puyfontaine, CEO of Universal Music Group owner Vivendi as well Urinating on a Grammy Award
Kanye West launched a new social-media campaign to gain control of the rights to his recorded music and publishing on Monday night, claiming “I’m not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract[s]” with his record company, Universal Music Group, and his publisher, Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
He continued his efforts on Tuesday morning with another battery of tweets — one of which features a screenshot of a text from an unnamed adviser apparently claiming that West’s masters are worth more than Taylor Swift’s.
Kanye West Says He Will Not Release Music Until He Is Freed From Contracts
The adviser writes that he and West can argue that Universal and Sony Music, with whom West has longstanding recorded-music and publishing deals respectively, did not support him fully and can be sued for breach of contract, potentially freeing him from his deals. ref: https://variety.com/2020/music/news/kanye-west-masters-worth-more-than-taylor-swift-1234770337/
Kanye West continues master recordings rant, says Prince and Michael Jackson were victims of music industry
Kanye West has expanded his tirade against label ownership of musicians’ master recordings, this time adding that Prince and Michael Jackson were “killed” by the music and media industries.
“We used to diss Michael Jackson the media made us call him crazy…then they killed him,” West wrote in one Tweet. In another he posted a photo of Prince, writing: “Let’s get it big bro…you and Michael passed so we can live.”