Category Archives: Music

Scooter Braun Responds to Taylor Swift’s Accusations

Taylor Swift accused Scooter Braun, now-owner of Big Machine record label, and Scott Borchetta, founder of Big Machine, of not allowing her to play or use her old songs. She issued a statement on Twitter on Thursday.

Braun issued a statement, saying that he was “shocked” to see Swift’s accusations and that they’re “based on false information.”

Part of the statement read:

“The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career. We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward.We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved.

“However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”

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Katy Perry Ordered to Pay $2.78 Million for Stolen Song

Katy Perry and her music label were ordered to pay $2.78 million because her song “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song.

Marcus Gray, the artist behind the original track, was originally attempting to sue for $20 million.

“We weren’t here seeking to punish anyone,” said Gray’s attorney, Michael A. Kahn. “Our clients came here seeking justice, and they feel they received justice from a jury of their peers.”

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Jay-Z Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle at Concert

Jay-Z performed at Webster Hall in NYC last Friday and dedicated a portion of his concert to rapper Nipsey Hussle who was recently murdered.

Hussle put a lot of effort into revitalizing his South L.A. neighborhood that he was from. Video shows Jay-Z rapping at the show: “Gentrify your own hood, before these people do it/ Claim eminent domain and have your people move in/ That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing/ For anybody still confused as to what he was doing.”

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