For His Birthday, Todd Edwards Got His Music Back

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This might be the best ending to a story we’ve read in a bit. It probably helps that Todd Edwards is from Jersey, but he is just such a humble guy, and so talented, it’s great to see him win. Earlier today, he took to his Twitter account to share some news. See, Todd’s music has been in limbo for some time. While we’ve seen him working with Daft Punk (he was featured on the Random Access Memories track “Fragments of Time”) and the random remix, but not much of his own original material; there’s a reason for that. It looks like a record label that he doesn’t name has had the rights to Todd’s vital back catalog for a while. He spent the last four years fighting to get control of his masters and publishing, and spent time working at a call center doing customer service because he couldn’t make any money off of his royalties for his music. How insane is that? With the help of his lawyer and his manager, though, Todd’s music is back in his control, but let this be a lesson to you, producers and artists of today: don’t give away control of your material. You should always make sure your publishing and masters stay with you. Sometimes, they’re all you’ve got.

As a gift to us, Todd gave away a .zip of “Essential Edits” taken from his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. So really, it’s like all of our birthdays. We’ll be rinsing the hell out of these in anticipation of his 2014 album. Thanks, Todd!

 

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