#stayintune and #tuneup with DJ Freedom!
June 7, 2016 from 5-7PM est, yours truly will pay homage to PRINCE in a 2 hour edition of HOUSE MASSIVE.
In light of #Prince realigning himself with Warmer Brothers after 20 years (he broke off in 1996, for those of you old enough to remember) and is now back...and there is word we may get a new #album as well!
In the meantime my tribute will feature some of his favorite hits and lesser known b sides in an upbeat, #emotive and #funky #house mix.
Prince isn't the biggest selling artist of all time but he is one of the most important.
I hope the deal works out for him as he is one of the artists who gave a lot of us reservations about creative ownership verses what a label should or should not get.
If the label put up for it to be produced it may go without saying that they own the masters, but if an artist is offered an opportunity to buy the masters after their agreement is up then that should suffice. For artists who do not meet the label's expectations or vice versa, a release can and should be given...however with the condition that material cannot be used in the recorded form used with that label. They can perform it live and earn revenue from airplay and licensing partnerships...but the label should take stock in those things also as they put their money up to get the project done. So it is a partnership.
What if the artist walks in with their music done and all the label has to do is release it? Then the label only makes money from its airplay on the radio and via retail outlets FOR THE LIFE OF THE DEAL. Some labels have continued to earn from artists who came in under these conditions and found themselves in legal battles they couldn't win...it can mean, for a lesser known or less successful artist, they better have all their ducks in a row if they decide to walk away with their masters and not full fill all aspects of their deal.
In Prince's case I wonder how this even came to pass...he was so salty when he left WB 20 years ago...and they continued to generate from his music. I imagine Warner approached him with a fair deal that allows him ownership of his most profitable album "Purple Rain" as well as others.
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