Kanye West continued to fuel the Twitter firestorm on Sunday. The rapper, 43, set out his hopes of a new recording and publishing deal guidelines in a Twitter rant amid his legal clash to get rights to his music. It's believed his wife Kim Kardashian has been left "feeling powerless" after her husband's series of social media storms over the past few days. The reality queen previously urged people to have compassion for her "brilliant yet complicated" husband as he has bipolar.
In his latest rant, Kanye laid out seven rules he feels should be put in place to protect musicians so they have ownership over their own records. His other guidelines examined on dependents, lawyers, equity and blanket licenses, royalties and portals. It comes days after the rapper filmed himself urinating on one of his 21 Grammy Awards which was sat in a toilet bowl. Not long after, he even offered the olive branch to Taylor Swift.
Kanye said he would intervene in her legal battle with her music manager Scooter Braun over rights to her music. The star has been incredibly busy as he continues his 2020 Presidential Election bid. But it's claimed his wife has growing concerns for her husband. A source told People: "It's the same thing over and over and over again. He's on very thin ice with her right now, and she's truly trying to decide what to do to protect the kids, but also her own sanity. The whole thing is discouraging and difficult for her. Kim had zero clue that he was going to tweet anything. None whatsoever. And she saw the tweets and was like, 'Seriously? Again?'
"She wants to be a supportive partner; she's doing everything she can do to support him. But he has to support himself. He has to take care of his own health. She can't force feed him medication. She can't make him do anything he doesn't want to do."
Kanye wrote a series of tweets: "1. The artist owns the copyright in the recordings and songs and leases them to the record label / publisher for a limited term. 1 year deals
"2. The record label / publisher is a service provider that receives a share of the income for a limited term. The split can be 80/20 in the artists favor.
"3. DEPENDANTS Artists must be dependent on no one but themselves to manage their catalog. You should need NO ONE else to understand the business you’re in.
"4. LAWYERS the first thing that changes about Record Deals is actually lawyers. We need Plain English contracts. A Lawyers role is to IMPROVE deals…. not charge for contracts we cannot understand or track. Re-write deals to be understandable from FIRST READ.
"5. EQUITY & BLANKET LICENSES ARE THE MAJORITY OF FUTURE NEW INCOME. If you’re with a major you have invested your ‘songs’ as shares in their power to get equity and deals. Almost ALL new deals now are based on ALL songs going to a store or app. The equity is the Artists
"NO MORE blanket licenses. It should be clear from day one… what shares you get NOW and when you leave. If your song helps a deal over the line you invested in that store / app same as they did.
"UMG now has a 2.2 billion shareholding stake in Spotify. This is the artists. The system as to how we get share balances on our royalty statement needs to be created and a system on when Artists can cash in.
"5. ADVANCES ARE JUST LOANS!! On Artists re-signing these stop. Advances are Loans with 75% interest rates (or worse). NO other business in the world takes a look at the business, buys shares, starts to profit when it profits. Record Companies have to buy into you, not loan you.
"6. ROYALTIES Again back to dependents. You need a business manager to read how you did? So you pay to see your money!!! NO MORE. Royalty portals need to show (and do not now) Every song you delivered Every store you are in How many streams per song Income per song
"7. PORTALS Are not just for royalties. They are for your entire business. Every audio file, every asset, every deal stored WITH the money. Money and Music must stay together. When your term ends, download it all. Leave."