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?
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.
The estate of late singer Aaliyah have commenced discussions that will likely see her full discography appear on streaming services for the first time.
In a statement posted to social media, her estate said: “To our loyal fans: We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future.”
The news marks the 19th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death. The singer died in an air crash on August 25 2001, aged just 22.
Aaliyah recorded three albums between 1994 and 2001, finding her greatest success with her final self-titled LP in July 2001. Her most successful single ‘Try Again’, which featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 thriller Romeo Must Die, was her first and only US number one.
Her music has been largely absent from all streaming services over the last decade. A 2005 greatest hits compilation ‘Ultmate’ appeared on Apple Music and iTunes in early 2017, while only a handful of early EPs and her debut album ‘Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number’ are currently available on Spotify.
Aaliyah’s death was a tragedy to the industry, the young R&B star had already made huge moves in music and was tipped for big time success. Many fans will be eagerly waiting for her discography to hit streaming platforms.