Just in time for the Grammys, Frank Ocean has let it rip, holding little back about how he feels about the music industry. From Music Business Worldwide:
Being sensible, here’s today’s important music industry news: Frank Ocean says he now owns all of his masters.
That’s all of them, including Channel Orange – the artist’s much-loved 2012 debut album originally released through Def Jam/Universal.
Apparently, Ocean recently bought his catalogue’s rights back from UMG; no doubt during the fallout of his label-baiting, industry-changing dual release of 2016 albums Endless (the Universal one) and Blonde (the self-issued one).
In the coming days, we’ll ponder what this means for the future of artist empowerment and the ultimate fate of major record companies.
But for now, a much more important question.
Seriously, what is it with music business institutions thinking it’s cool to publicly slate the actions of revered artists?
This really is worth reading.