Anita Baker has a supporter in Taylor Swift.
For the last few weeks, the 63-year-old R&B legend has been publicly vocal about her fight to win back control of her music catalogue, going as far as asking fans not to stream or download her songs.
🎁Miraculously… i have out-lived *ALL, of my Artists Contracts🎈 They no longer "Own", My Name & Likeness. And, by Law…30 yr old, Mstrs are 2B Returned, 2 Me🎼 Unfortunately, They're gonna make me Fight 4 it. I'm Prepared, 2 do that. Please Dont advertise/buy them ABXO🎈💓 pic.twitter.com/PXe9xzsJK0
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) March 9, 2021
On Thursday, Baker tweeted her support for Swift, who was caught in her own public battle over rights to her recordings, which has led her to re-record her old albums as new “Taylor’s Version” releases.
Her creations bought & sold Again & Again, wouldnt even let her do *A Buy Out*…Taylor Swift *re-recording, her Catalog/Taylor's Version.
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) March 25, 2021
In response, Swift thanked Baker, telling her, “I’m cheering you on in your fight to setback your work.”
This Solidarity 🎼is a Beautiful Thing!🎁
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) March 26, 2021
Baker has also received support from a number of other artists, including Chance the Rapper and Esthero.
DO NOT LISTEN TO NO ANITA BAKER TIL THEY GIVE HER HER MASTERS BACK
TELL YO MAMA
TO TELL A MAMA https://t.co/IrnNLn1eZW
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) March 20, 2021
AMEN! I have been waiting for a LEGEND to have the courage to say this. When I say it I feel like I’m shouting into the void. Thank YOU. Now who else will follow suit and stand up to the bullies? They build fortunes on our backs and don’t want to share. Strength in numbers. https://t.co/IJ5K40JjCr
— esthero (@theRealEsthero) March 16, 2021