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.
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.
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.
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?
One of the breakout stars of 2019 says new music for 2020 will arrive next month as Billie Eilish confirms a new song is on the way. Responding to a fan, Eilish confirmed a new track was coming sooner than expected.
After earlier in the year suggesting that a new album wouldn’t land until at least 2021, Eilish has surprised her fans by confirming a new track is coming next month. The singer was responding to questions on her Instagram stories when one clever fan asked “new song?” to which she replied: “November.”
Then another fan requested that Eilish help out her fans and “give us a colour that matches the song coming in November,” Eilish responded with glee and shared a burnt orange colour that suggests an autumnal sound was on the way.
The song will be the first new music since July when she released ‘My Future’ and her record-breaking stunner for James Bond ‘No Time To Die’. While the film is suffering delays, the song has become an instant classic.
Earlier this week, as Eilish accepted her award for Top Female Artist from Billboard Music Awards she urged her fans to “please vote and wear a mask”. Meanwhile, an image arose of Eilish which saw the singer stand up for herself and refuse to be body shamed.
Billie Eilish has been dominating popular music throughout 2020. With another release on the way she is clearly set to cement herself as one of the biggest names in popular music.
Netflix has shared the trailer for the forthcoming Blackpink documentary, due out later this month.
The documentary, Blackpink: Light Up The Sky, features live footage and “relatable, unfiltered” interviews with each member of the K-pop group as they reflect on their journey to global stardom. It was announced last month for an October 14 premiere.
“As Blackpink continues reaching new heights in their career — from headlining sold-out world tours to becoming the first female Korean group to perform at Coachella — each member reflects on the ups and downs of fame and the long, often challenging journey that brought them to worldwide success,” a statement on the documentary read.
Fans across the globe are eagerly awaiting Blackpink’s Netflix documentary, with a devoted audience K-Pop is one of the most exciting regional genres that’s slowly starting to take over the world.
Justin Bieber has confirmed that he’ll release his new single ‘Holy’ this Friday, marking the first new music from the singer since his fifth album Changes arrived earlier this year.
Posting on Twitter, Bieber wrote “FOUR DAYS”, alongside a link to a website titled http://jbsoon.com.
When fans click through to the site, the track title appears in large white lettering, set against a background photo of barren farmland.
Bieber also shared a photo from the song’s video shoot, which sees him wearing dungarees and covered in mud while sitting next to director Colin Tilley – who most recently directed the video for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s ‘WAP’.
Commenting on the photo, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun wrote: “New era. Friday.” You can see the post below.
JayQ is a familiar face on the Pop Playlister platform. A talented artist whose recent release and song of the summer Amazing Girl stormed through the charts.
But behind the success is a story of struggle, hardship and trauma. A story JayQ is finally ready to tell.
Abused as a young child by his Step-father, music became JayQ’s only escape from the world around him. Putting pen to paper to express the pain no child should have to experience, he explains-
“Songs were a place for me to escape. Hiding in my room and getting lost in a verse was my safe place. I would write and write songs, hoping not to be found. I lived with just my mother and stepfather during these years of beatings.
The rest of my family, my father and grandparents were in the British Virgin Islands far away from St. Croix. The trauma physical abuse leaves on a child is unforgivable. When a man is violent to his family, he passes down a legacy of insecurity and anger. How does one enter manhood and climb out of this?”
Fortunately, JayQ was able to escape the abuse, but after the murder of his father JayQ’s world was understandably turned upside down once again.
In college, but unable to focus in a world that was spiralling out of control, JayQ was fighting against the odds.
“It was too much, home was still not safe, and college was not far enough away from my mother’s voice on the phone sharing her pain. However, always inside me was that will, the will to survive and be successful… to overcome my history. It took so much energy and fight, but I was determined to beat the odds.
I decided I had to learn to fight, so I signed up on the college campus to become a military solider. I would go on to be a platoon leader in marines training, get my college degree, as well as an MBA and JD. Finally, my stepfather passed away, but I still had to fix what he broke inside me – I was lucky to have my creative gifts to escape with during my darkest moments, because I am not sure I would have had been able to overcome the years of trauma otherwise.”
An inspiring tale of overcoming trauma, defying odds and achieving a wealth of success.
Yet this was not the end of the story for JayQ. Having fought his way through a childhood of trauma, adulthood had yet more challenge in store for him.
Facing a different kind of evil as he tried to make his way in the world, JayQ explains-
“Unfortunately, well into my adulthood, the abuse did not end. I was subject to another kind of abuse, institutionalised racism as a professional in the American south.
It was awful to be held to a different standard than the privileged, less qualified and competent than me. Black men had to be better than everyone to be seen.
That is another story, not a pretty picture of living in America. The United States of America is currently struggling to uncover the truth and impact of racism and move forward with enlightenment and compassion.”
Somehow JayQ remained inspired, creative and positive. Persevering through numerous challenges, defying all odds and putting out music into the world that is positive and up-lifting.
Life has tried to sour JayQ, but the incredible artist remains positive. Music has been a shining light through the darkness and his story is truly inspirational.
A star on the rise, JayQ The Legend deserves all the success the world can provide.
Find, follow and support the incredible JayQ The Legend.