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Kanye’s Catalog Was Sold Without His Knowledge ‘Like Taylor Swift’

Kanye West stated his publishing catalog “is being placed up for sale without my knowledge” a day after Billboard reported the rapper is demanding a colossal valuation for his songs, equating the scenario to Taylor Swift’s quest to gain her master.

Kanye West stated his publishing catalog “is being placed up for sale without my knowledge” a day after Billboard reported the rapper is demanding a colossal valuation for his songs, equating the scenario to Taylor Swift’s quest to gain her master.

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West declared his publication rights are “not for sale” on Instagram.

Billboard said that West is seeking up to 35 times the catalog’s gross earnings, a higher price than the 30 times most songwriters want but rarely receive.

West declared his publication rights are “not for sale” on Instagram.

Billboard said that West is seeking up to 35 times the catalog’s gross earnings, a higher price than the 30 times most songwriters want but rarely receive.

Billboard estimates the songs earn $13.25 million in publishing royalties yearly, and sources say West earns $5 million, valuing the repertoire at $175 million.

Sony Music is reportedly handling the sale of West’s catalog, and sources told Billboard that sales efforts slowed in recent months. Others said West did not actively seek a sale but received offers for it.

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He’s released many studio albums. On his stem player, he released Donda 2 last year. He has recorded CDs such as Kids See Ghost and Sunday Service.

$2 billion FORBES VALUE. Forbes believes that’s West’s net worth. West revealed this week he plans to depart Adidas, which makes his Yeezy footwear when his contract expires.

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West’s record masters are unknown. West criticized Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV Music Publishing for unfair record deals. West stated last week he was leaving Adidas and Gap. Adidas “treats me like I’m dead,” he told Forbes, and Gap’s board “looked at me like I was on mute.” Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Paul Simon have all sold catalogs recently.

source: Forbes.com

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