Sean “Diddy” Combs has made a groundbreaking decision by relinquishing the publishing rights of Bad Boy Records’ artists and songwriters. This unexpected move disrupts the long-standing industry norm where record labels traditionally retained these rights.
As reported by REVOLT, this announcement marks a seismic shift in an industry that has often faced criticism for exploitative business practices. For years, record labels have claimed a significant portion of the revenue generated by artists’ creative work, raising concerns about fairness. Diddy’s decision aims to rectify this by redirecting wealth back to the artists themselves.
Since its inception in 1993, Bad Boy Records followed the industry standard. However, Diddy’s perspective evolved over the years, leading to this significant change. Notable artists like Faith Evans, Ma$e, The LOX, 112, and the estate of the late Notorious B.I.G. will all benefit from this policy shift.
Insiders reveal that Combs turned down several lucrative offers to sell the company’s publishing rights, opting instead for a more equitable distribution of wealth. He has reassigned these rights to the artists and songwriters responsible for the label’s success.
This groundbreaking decision coincides with Bad Boy’s 30th anniversary and follows a period of public disagreement between Diddy and former Bad Boy artist Ma$e. Their dispute escalated when Ma$e criticized the Recording Academy for overlooking Black artists. Last year, the “Feel So Good” artist even offered $2 million to repurchase his publishing.
In related news, Diddy’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, “The Love Album: Off the Grid,” is scheduled for release on September 15. The album features established artists like John Legend, Babyface, and Mary J. Blige, as well as rising stars like H.E.R., Jozzy, Kalan.FrFr, and Summer Walker.
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