Record Labels hire experts to craft recording contracts in a way that prompt signing artists to give away their music ownership rights forever. It was also discovered that for every $1000 made after record sales, an artist who signed for a major label deal gained as small as $23.40.

Recording contract: Please Don’t Just Sign, Be Careful

It’s not a rumor, it’s a fact that an enormous number of musicians are doomed due to lack of knowledge. Record companies don’t play fair, these huge music firms retain people’s ideas through a recording contract.

“Whatever ideas you have in your head are not yours they belong to Warner Brothers” – that was MO Ostin telling the late Pop star, Prince, who tried to part ways with the record label after their relationship went beyond diplomacy.

Technically, these contracts are created to confirm a complete transfer of ownership of the master recordings or ideas from the artist to the label. Moreover, the baddest part, the record company gain more c-notes than the content creator. The signing phase is the phase where an uncountable numbe… Continue Reading (10 minute read)

13 thoughts on “Record Labels hire experts to craft recording contracts in a way that prompt signing artists to give away their music ownership rights forever. It was also discovered that for every $1000 made after record sales, an artist who signed for a major label deal gained as small as $23.40.”

  1. Fl3m1ng_j

    Macklemore has songs about this very thing, explaining why he is an independent artist. It’s also why he does that have that many albums.

  2. series_hybrid

    Little Richard once said in an interview about early Motown contract practices “I had to sell two records to make a penney”

  3. QuesaritoOutOfBed

    There was an interview I saw with DMX in maybe the late 90s with one of those late night news/interview shows where he explained how the record label he signed with would give an upcoming artist a “loan” to finish their album and then effectively keep them in debt to the label forever with advances on the next album to pay off the loan from the last, which created a cycle which is why DMX was basically broke.

  4. DevonMG

    This is why artists need lawyers.

  5. Taffuardo

    So what does a musician do exactly to counteract this? Honest question (am musician)

  6. bsd8andahalf_1

    greed, pure and simple.
    read john fogerty biography for what they did to him.

  7. EddieVanHeflin

    I interviewed Jennifer Warnes back in 2010 and she told me that even after a long, successful career (including two Oscars) she was still fighting with record companies over the rights to her music decades later.

  8. AskAboutMyCoffee

    Record labels have never made more money than after the internet became prevalent in pirating music because they’ve shifted their business to 365 deals to encompass the artists’ total revenue streams.

  9. Rubywantsin

    Slayer had multiple albums, been around for 30 years and in 2014 after 200 shows were only making around $120k a year a piece after all the management and lawers took their cut. Now there is some unwise musicians.

  10. howstupid

    This article reads like it was written by a dim but enthusiastic college sophomore who just completed Philosophy 101.

  11. jereman75

    But then again this system works as perfect as a dream

    It works for all those record company pricks who come to skim the

    Duh duh duh duh

    CREAM

    From the cess pools of excitement where Jim Morrison once stood

  12. Filthy-McNasty

    I attended a Motown/Northern Soul musical festival last year in Detroit that had a Q&A with a few artists. Someone asked them how they felt about Berry Gordy taking advantage of black Motown artists with their contracts- Gordy (himself a black man who grew up poor) made millions and many artists made very little even though they sold a million records because their contracts financially benefited them very little. One of the performers at the Q&A said he didn’t feel like they got screwed over, he said had Gordy not signed him he probably would have never gotten the opportunity to perform for anyone or make a living as a singer.

    A ton of artists performing at the festival last year were in their 70s and 80s and some were still working as cleaners, mailmen, etc because they were broke. The organizer (a Brit from the UK) said while he loves the music, his main motivation for throwing the event was to provide financial support for the performers. This year’s event was cancelled due to COVID but he still tried to hold a virtual festival to provide income to some of the artists.

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