- Scooter Braun sold the master rights to Taylor Swift’s first six albums to an investment fund named Shamrock Holdings – a deal worth anywhere between $300 million to $450 million.
- Swift, who has publicly labeled Braun a bully, says he refused to even negotiate a deal to let her own her life’s work unless she signed an NDA agreeing to never say another word about him unless it was positive.
- Shamrock Holdings was also allegedly barred from speaking with her until the deal closed.
- Though she had hoped to strike a partnership with Shamrock, Swift learned Braun would continue to profit off her work under the deal.
- Because of that, she announced that she has already begun re-recording her catalog of old music, a move that will diminish the value of the old masters.
Scooter Braun Sells Master Right to Taylor Swift’s Music
Taylor Swift confirmed Monday that she has already started rerecording her old catalog for music in a statement addressing Scooter Braun’s recent sale of the master rights to her first six albums.
Braun and Swift have been involved in an intense feud that seemed to peak in June of 2019 when Braun purchased Big Machine Lable Group. That deal gave him the master rights to all the music she recorded with the label before signing with Universal Music Group in 2018.
Swift, at the time, described the deal as her “worse case scenario” and called Braun “the definition of toxic male privilege in our industry.”
She’s also described him as a bully and was very upset about the idea that he could own her life’s work and earn revenue from her music as people continue to stream it, sample it, or use it in film and television.
Then on Monday, Variety reported that Braun had sold the master rights to her music to the investment fund Shamrock Holdings. Financial terms of the agreement have not been formally disclosed, however, Variety said it’s believed to be north of $300 million. Some insiders say it could be as high as $450 million once certain earn backs are factored in.
The sale is definitely a win for Braun, who bought the entire record label for about $300 million – a label that still has a pretty solid roster of clients like Sherly Crow, Rascal Flatts, and Lady A (former Lady Antebellum).
Swift Responses With Plans to Re-Record Music
Swift, of course, is not happy about the move and posted her response on social media by Monday afternoon.
In a lengthy statement, the singer said she’s been actively trying to regain ownership of her music and had her team try to enter negotiations with Braun.
“Scooter’s team wanted me to sign an ironclad NDA stating I would never say another word about Scooter Braun unless it was positive, before we could even look at the financial records of [Big Machine Label Group] (which is always the first step in a purchase of this nature),” she explained.
“So, I would have to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work.”
“My legal team said that this is absolutely NOT normal, and they’ve never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off. He would never even quote my team a price. These master recordings were never for sale to me,” she continued.
Swift went on to say that Shamrock Holdings let her know when it had bought her music. It apparently wanted to let her know before the sale was final, but Braun required that it make no contact with her otherwise the deal was off.
She said she was hopeful about potentially having a partnership with Shamrock, but after communicating with them, she learned that under the terms of their deal, Braun will continue to make a profit off her old catalog of music.
For that reason, Swift officially announced that she has already started re-recording her music. For the sake of transparency, she also added a copy of the letter she sent to Shamrock announcing her plans to rerecord.
“I simply cannot in good conscience bring myself to be involved in benefitting Scooter Braun’s interests directly or indirectly,” she wrote.
“I know this will diminish the value of my old masters, but I hope you will understand that this is my only way of regaining the sense of pride I once had when hearing songs from my first six albums and also allowing my fans to listen to those albums without feelings of guilt for benefitting Scooter.”
Shamrock Holdings, for it’s part, said it respected her decision, knowing it was a possible outcome.
📄| Statement from Shamrock Holdings. (the buyer of Taylor’s masters) pic.twitter.com/nO1DYfjNrT— The Swift Society (@TheSwiftSociety) November 17, 2020
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Carey Mulligan Responds To Variety’s Apology After Its Review Criticized Her Looks
- Actress Carey Mulligan criticized Variety’s review of “Promising Young Woman” for taking jabs at her appearance and suggesting Margot Robbie would have looked better in the role.
- Variety issued an apology in response, which Mulligan said she was both surprised and happy to receive.
- During a Variety Actors on Actors conversation Tuesday, Mulligan noted that it was “nerve-racking” to go after such a major publication. Still, she feels it’s important to call out this type of behavior otherwise people will continue to accept criticism of a woman’s looks as valid.
Carey Mulligan Calls Out Variety Review
Actress Carey Mulligan has accepted Variety’s apology for language used in its review of her film, “Promising Young Woman,” which criticized her physical appearance.
“Mulligan, a fine actress, seems a bit of an odd choice as this admittedly many-layered apparent femme fatale,” Dennis Harvey wrote in his review after the film screened at Sundance in January 2020.
“Margot Robbie is a producer here, and one can (perhaps too easily) imagine the role might once have been intended for her. Whereas with this star, Cassie wears her pickup-bait gear like bad drag; even her long blonde hair seems a put-on,” he continued.
Mulligan read the review and told the New York Times in December that it shocked her.
“It felt like it was basically saying that I wasn’t hot enough to pull off this kind of ruse,” she explained.
“It wasn’t some sort of ego-wounding thing — like, I fully can see that Margot Robbie is a goddess,” she continued. “It drove me so crazy. I was like, ‘Really? For this film, you’re going to write something that is so transparent? Now? In 2020?’ I just couldn’t believe it.”
“Promising Young Woman” deals heavily with the male gaze and societal expectations for women. The film contains many spoilers and twists, however, it starts by following Mulligan’s character, Cassie, as she struggles with past traumas and attempts to heal them by seeking vengeance on men who take advantage of women at bars.
The film takes the playful frills of femininity and underscores them with tragedy and dark humor. One of its most powerful themes warns that even the smallest transgressions from seemingly harmless men can ultimately signal something very dangerous.
Mulligan’s performance, which is getting praised and could land her an Oscar nomination, specifically works to deconstruct the way men treat and expoloit women.
“We don’t allow women to look normal anymore, or like a real person. Why does every woman who’s ever onscreen have to look like a supermodel?” Mulligan added in her interview with the Times. “That has shifted into something where the expectation of beauty and perfection onscreen has gotten completely out of control.”
Variety ended up agreeing with the star’s frustrations and added an editor’s note to their review apologizing for some of its language.
“Variety sincerely apologizes to Carey Mulligan and regrets the insensitive language and insinuation in our review of “Promising Young Woman” that minimized her daring performance,” the note says.
On Tuesday, Mulligan appeared on Variety’s Actors on Actors series in a conversation with “Euphoria” actress Zendaya. She addressed the outlet’s apology during their chat.
“It made me concerned that in such a big publication an actress’s appearance could be criticized and it could be accepted as completely reasonable criticism. And I think it’s important to call out those things,” Mulligan said.
“It’s sort of nerve-racking to rock the boat with a big publication,” she continued. “But at the same time, it feels like, you know, you’ve got to stand up for these things. Otherwise, it continues and then you’re essentially part of it. So I was really, really surprised and thrilled, and happy to have received an apology.”
In an excerpt that was cut from the video but published by Variety, she said it was moving to “have drawn a line under that in a good way, and know that that had an impact in a way.”
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Amanda Gorman Joins Super Bowl Pregame Festivities, Signs With IMG Models
- Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old Harvard graduate who moved the nation with her poem at President Biden’s inauguration, will now recite a new poem during Super Bowl LV’s pregame show.
- The poem will recognize honorary game captains chosen by the NFL, including Los Angeles teacher Trimaine Davis, Tampa nurse Suzie Dorner, and Marine veteran James Martin.
- This announcement follows news that Gorman signed a contract with IMG Models, which will reportedly focus on brand endorsements and editorial opportunities for her.
Inaugural Poet To Perform Before Super Bowl
Amanda Gorman is the 22-year-old Harvard grad who moved the nation with her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration.
Since then, she’s earned widespread praise from both political figures and celebrities, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, notorious playright Lin-Manuel Miranda, and dozens of others.
Almost immediately after her words went viral, Gorman saw a huge wave of new followers on social media. Her books even became Amazon sellers despite the fact that they wont be released for several more months.
Praise for the rising poet isn’t expecting to stop anytime soon. In fact, Good Morning America announced Wednesday that Gorman will be taking part in Super Bowl LV as part of its pregame show.
She will reportedly recite another poem that recognizes honorary game captains chosen by the NFL, including Los Angeles teacher Trimaine Davis, Tampa nurse Suzie Dorner, and Marine veteran James Martin, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.
Gorman Signs With IMG Models
Her participation in the Super Bowl preshow follows news that Gorman signed a contract with IMG Models, which represents major fashion stars like Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the agency will focus on brand endorsements and editorial opportunities for the Harvard grad.
Model Gigi Hadid was quick to congratulate Gorman on the deal, posting the news to her Instagram Story with the caption, “WERK @AMANDASCGORMAN @IMGMODELS FAAAAAAM ! MAJOR.”
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Kellyanne Conway Accused of Posting Topless Photo of Her Underage Daughter
- A topless photo of Kellyanne Conway’s 16-year-old daughter Claudia was shared as a Fleet on the former Trump counselor’s Twitter page Monday.
- Claudia later confirmed that the photo was of her but claimed she never sent it to anyone. She said she believes her mother made a copy of the photo after confiscating her phone in the past.
- The incident sparked a new wave of concern for the teen, who has repeatedly accused her parents of abuse and unsuccessfully filed for emancipation last year.
- Claudia changed her tone in a new statement Tuesday, suggesting that her mother would never post such a photo of her online, though some fear her comments may have been recorded by force.
Conway’s Account Posts Nude Photo
Kellyanne Conway, an ex-counselor to former President Donald Trump, is facing intense backlash after a topless photo of her underage daughter Claudia was shared on the elder Conway’s Twitter account Monday.
The photo was posted as Twitter Fleet, which is analogous to Instagram and Snapchat’s 24-hour stories features. It has since been deleted; however, before its removal, it was easily accessible to all of Twitter. Even now, it still exists in the form of screen captures.
After the photo was initially shared, Claudia took to TikTok to confirm that the picture was, in fact, of her.
“The picture’s from months ago, and I’m assuming when my mom took my phone… she took a picture of that, so that was on her phone, and I guess she accidentally posted or somebody hacked her but nobody would ever have any photo like that, ever,” Claudia said, noting that she had never sent the photo to anyone.
Claudia went a step further and accused Kellyanne of keeping the photo to one day use against her.
Notably, on Tuesday, Claudia adopted a much different tone in another series of TikToks.
This isn’t force,” she said. “This is coming completely from me: Claudia. I have faith and I know that my mother would never put something like that on the internet, as well as me. We would never do that. My mom and I, we fight like mothers and daughters, but we also love like mothers and daughters, and I do love her. I will be taking a break from social media because we are really tired of being [featured in] headlines.’
Shortly after that video was posted, a number of people online pointed out that recently, Claudia said she wouldn’t leave social media on her own accord. Because of that, many think she was forced to record the message.
Conway Accused of Posting Child Porn
Online, many have accused Kellyanne of posting child pornography.
Many have also reignited conversations of emancipation for Claudia, something the teen unsuccessfully pushed for last year.
The posting of this photo comes one week after Claudia posted now-deleted TikToks that appear to show Kellyanne physically and verbally abusing her.
In one of those videos, a woman who seems to be Kellyanne can be heard screaming at Claudia while hurling a barrage of explicit insults at the girl. Other moments appear to depict Kellyanne throwing things at Claudia and even hitting her. In one, Claudia is crying and seems to be trying to ask Kellyanne to stop but is unable to get a word in.
The New York Post reportedly reached Kellyanne by phone Tuesday morning for a statement about the incident. “We have no comment,” she told the outlet while also noting that she was “sitting here with Claudia.”
According to Variety, Twitter is investigating the matter. It is still unknown whether Kellyanne posted the photo herself or if her phone was hacked.