21 Savage says he owned his masters too long before Chris Brown.
Chris Brown announced yesterday that he is the youngest artist to own his master recordings as part of a new deal with RCA Records. 21 Savage, who is younger than Brown, says he owns his master recordings from the moment he signed his first record deal. So it’s fair to say that the Atlanta rapper is the youngest artist to own his masters. “I own 100% of my masters,” Savage tweeted.
21 Savage, 26, signed a lucrative deal with Epic Records back in 2016 which allows him to retain one hundred percent ownership of his masters. Similarly, R&B singer SZA signed an attractive deal with RCA through TDE which enables her to retain full ownership of her masters.
I own 100% of my masters
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) January 5, 2019
It seems more and more young artists are pushing to retain ownership of their master recordings as part of their record deal. Older artists like JAY-Z have long preached this in their music, telling younger acts to thrive to own their masters. It appears artists are now listening to their advice.
Chris Brown is currently working on his new album Indigo, due sometime this year. He released the first single from the project, “Undecided,” on Friday along with an accompanying video.