Irv Gotti and Ashanti are at odds over who owns her musical masters.
Ashanti is being showered with the flowers she so richly merits.
In 2022, the R&B songstress will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
At this year’s Soul Train Music Awards, she will also be honored with the Lady of Soul Award, a lifetime achievement honor.
To top it off, the singer is excited to re-record her debut album, which she claims will allow her to own her music masters.
Irv Gotti, Ashanti’s former label head, claims otherwise.
Ashanti is re-recording her top-charting debut album, Ashanti, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release.
Ashanti explained why she re-recorded the album in an interview with Angie Martinez recently.
She explained, “The idea behind that is to show the business side of ownership.”
“And how crucial it is to possess.”
And [I own it] once I re-record the first album.
When that happens, I’ll own everything I’ve bought since then.”
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Taylor Swift and Anita Baker, among others, have fought for the right to own their music masters, and the singer claims they have inspired her.
Swift, for example, re-recorded three of her albums in order to profit from them financially.
“I have an amazing legal team, and I got my first record deal when I was 14 years old,” Ashanti explained to Tamron Hall in a recent interview. “Understanding and seeing how things have changed so much from then to now, and conceptually understanding what you’re signing is so imperative, it’s so important nowadays.”
Gotti, on the other hand, is telling a different tale.
Ashanti’s goal, he claims, is to steal her masters from him, which he claims he owns.
Gotti claims that it creates revenue competition between her original album and the re-recorded album.
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Gotti responded to Ashanti’s alleged ruse on Instagram.
“I produced all those great Ashanti albums,” he claims, “so I own a good portion of the Publishing.”
“She’s attempting to re-record all of those great records.”
And she labeled them.
Under the COVER laws, she is allowed to do so.
But she’s essentially attempting to f–k me out of my Master’s degree.
And force people to make decisions…
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