Earlier this week, Billboard reported that representatives for Kanye West had been procuring his publishing catalog to potential consumers, hoping to hitch the rising development of artists promoting extremely coveted and massively worthwhile publishing rights. Nonetheless, upon catching wind of the article, the irascible producer adamantly refuted claims that these inquiries had been made on his behalf within the traditional Kanye West manner.
Posting on his Instagram Story, Kanye wrote: “JUST LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT, MY PUBLISHING IS BEING PUT UP FOR SALE WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE. NOT FOR SALE.” In one other slide, he shared a screenshot of a textual content trade with somebody, asking them to test with Gee Roberson, former VP of A&R at Roc-A-Fella Information and present Co-CEO of The Blueprint Group administration firm. In response, Gee allegedly replied, “Faux information. In fact, each writer desires to pitch there [sic] hardest purchase. Smh.”
Over the previous few years, Kanye has grown more and more vocal about his displeasure along with his label scenario. In 2021, he claimed the label released his album Donda without his permission, and all through the previous few years, he has taken legal actions in opposition to EMI and Common whereas arguing that contract phrases must be made public (in fact, this backfired on him a bit when he posted his own contract revisions, one web page at a time, on Twitter, revealing that he may be his personal worst enemy on this regard).
Different artists who’ve offered their publishing catalogs embody Bob Dylan, Future, John Legend, and Sting. Nonetheless, sale of Kanye’s catalog could also be extra advanced, as possession seems to be break up amongst a number of entities together with Sony Music Publishing and his latter-day output comprises dozens of collaborators. In the meantime, the report says sources are conflicted about whether or not the rights have truly been supplied or whether or not music asset consumers are simply expressing curiosity in buying it.