Jesy Nelson taking a ‘temporary break’ from Little Mix

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Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson is to take an “extended” break from the pop group for “private medical reasons”, their publicist has said.

A statement didn’t give any further details about the 29-year-old’s condition.

It comes after Nelson recently missed the final of the girl group’s BBC One talent show, and their hosting of the MTV European Music Awards.

Little Mix’s latest album entered the UK chart at number two on Friday.

All six of the studio albums they have released since forming on The X Factor in 2011 have gone into the top five, and they have had four UK number one singles.

In a statement, the group’s publicist said: “Jesy is having extended time off from Little Mix for private medical reasons. We will not be issuing any further comment”

Thoughts are with Jesy and the band, and we wish her a speedy recovery.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Taylor Swift masters sold to unknown investment fund

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Scooter Braun has reportedly sold Taylor Swift’s Big Machine masters in a deal believed to be worth more than $300 million.

According to Variety, the music manager and entrepreneur has sold the master rights to Swift’s first six albums. The buyer is said to be an as yet unknown investment fund who closed the deal sometime in the last two weeks.

Swift has since responded to the news, sharing a post on Twitter with the caption: “Been getting a lot of questions about the recent sale of my old masters. I hope this clears things up.”

Swift said her masters were sold to a private equity company called Shamrock Holdings, and that she’d been contacted by them and was informed that her music was sold to them without her knowledge.

“The letter told me that they wanted to reach out before the sale to let me know, but that Scooter Braun had required that they make no contact with me or my team, or the deal would be off,” she wrote.

The letter claimed that Braun will continue to profit from her catalogue “for many years,” so while she was hopeful about partnering with Shamrock, Swift said that “Scooter’s participation is a non-starter for me.”

A sad turn of events for the Pop star who has been battling against Braun for years. Yet this situation teaches an important lesson to artists and reaffirms the need for smart contracts and even smarter musicians.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Doja Cat performs Metal version of ‘Say So’ at the MTV EMAs

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Doja Cat has given her smash hit ‘Say So’ a metal revamp at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.

The performance, which aired overnight on November 8, starts with the pop star crawling out of a TV screen, in vein of 2002 horror film The Ring. She then proceeds to snarl the typically bubble gum lyrics, transforming the track into a blazing rock anthem. Watch the performance below.

Doja Cat was nominated for two awards at this years MTV EMAs: Best New and Best Push, taking out the former.

Doja Cat has taken the commercial scene by storm in 2020, going from viral ‘Moooo’ star to a TikTok sensation, and one of this year’s most stand out artists.

Demonstrating her diverse vocal and stylistic talent Doja Cat is far from a one hit wonder.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Britney Spears asks court to remove her father as co-conservator of her estate

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Britney Spears’ attorney has filed court papers in a bid to remove the singer’s father, James Spears, as the co-conservator of her estate.

In papers filed on November 3, Spears’ court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham argued that the star will suffer “loss and injury” if James is allowed to retain his position.

Ingham is now requesting that James is removed from his position as soon as Spears’ new conservator, The Bessemer Trust, is appointed.

The latest legal battle comes amid the ongoing #FreeBritney campaign, which claims that the singer is being controlled by James – who became her conservator in 2008.

Spears first requested in September that her conservatorship is managed by The Bessemer Trust – a private independent firm that looks after $140 billion for over 2,500 families.

Another development in what seems to be an increasingly complicated relationship between Britney and her father.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Lady Gaga backs Joe Biden as the US election looms

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Lady Gaga gave presidential hopeful Joe Biden an election eve boost on Monday when she urged supporters to vote for him at a rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Poker Face star, who was attacked by U.S. leader Donald Trump for agreeing to join his leading opponent on the campaign trail, turned on the President and told fans to vote “like your life depends on it”.

“Or vote like your childrens’ lives depend on it – because they do,” she said at the Heinz Field event.

“And to all of the women, and all of the men with daughters, and sisters, and mothers. Everybody, no matter how you identify, now is your chance to vote against Donald Trump, a man who believes his fame gives him the right to grab one of your daughters, or sisters, or wives, or mothers by any part of their bodies. Vote for Joe. He’s a good person.”

Her remarks referred to an infamous Access Hollywood interview, during which Trump and presenter Billy Bush had an extremely lewd off-camera chat that was caught on audio and published by The Washington Post.

Gaga also joined Biden on the campaign trail on Monday afternoon as he met with college students.

Trump and Biden will go head to head at the polls on Tuesday.

It’s great to see artists getting involved in important current affairs and setting example for fans across the globe.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Musicians Union launches ‘Justice at Spotify’ Campaign

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The United Musicians and Allied Workers Union (UMAW) have started a new campaign titled ‘Justice at Spotify’ which, among other goals, is demanding that the platform raise its average streaming royalty from $.0038 USD to a penny per stream for all artists.

“One of Spotify’s core goals is to give ‘a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art’. Yet, to generate a single dollar on the platform, a song needs to be streamed 263 times,” organisers explained on the campaign’s website.

At the time of writing, over 4,000 artists have signed the UMAW’s petition – which you can do here. According to UMAW’s site, musicians including Thurston Moore, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Frankie Cosmos, Deerhoof, Julianna Barwick, JD Samson, DIIV, Alex Somers, Zola Jesus and more have all thrown their support behind the campaign.

This comes after the Uk Government announced an inquiry into streaming services to deduce whether artists are truly getting a fair slice of the pie.

What do you make of streaming services? Are artists getting enough?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe