recording artists rights
A couple of years ago, Courtney Love sent a letter out to other musicians about the state of the relationship between recording artists and record labels. Two examples that she used in the letter, of artists who were earning very little even though their records were selling very well were Toni Braxton, and the band TLC. A number of west coast recording artists joined together in the last few years to form a group called the Recording Artists Coalition (RAC), which allows them to share resources and information in their legal struggles against the recording industry.
Very few black musicians have become involved in the efforts of the RAC. A Village Voice article entitled Hip-Hop and R&B Artists MIA in Music Industry Struggle: Blacked Out, describes some of the reasons why.