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Apple Music and Amazon Music reveal more Christmas songs

Apple Music and Amazon Music aren't just streaming services: they're streaming services belonging to companies whose voice assistants and smart speakers are going to be fielding LOTS of requests for Christmas music in the...
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Report: UMG deals lengthen re-record restrictions but increase royalties

As the industry picked over the data around how Taylor Swift's first two re-recorded albums are performing compared to the original versions, the Wall Street Journal reported on a knock-on effect at the major label she works...
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Startup files: Fave builds community with BTS and Taylor Swift superfans

If you're building a platform based around superfans, launching with Taylor Swift's 'Swifties' community is a bold statement of intent. As is following that up with the famous BTS Army. This is what US-based startup Fave...
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Taylor Swift tops Billboard’s 2020 estimated earnings chart

Billboard has published its latest ‘Money Makers’ rankings estimating the earnings in the US for the upper echelon of musicians last year. The rankings factor in guesses at the stars’ income from streaming, sales,...
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As ‘Fearless’ re-record debuts, fans are hiding the old version

Today sees the release of ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, the first in Taylor Swift’s planned series of re-recordings of her old albums. This remake of her second album, from 2008, will be sitting side by side with...
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Taylor Swift: ‘Artists should own their work for so many reasons’

Taylor Swift has confirmed that her second studio album, ‘Fearless’, is the first that she has re-recorded. Rebranded as “Taylor’s Version”, the first track dropped today – ‘Love Story’....
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Taylor Swift drops first clip of catalogue re-recordings

We know that Taylor Swift is re-recording her back catalogue, after the original master recordings were sold to her nemesis Scooter Braun. We don’t know, yet, exactly when and how those re-recordings will come out,...
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Scooter Braun sells Taylor Swift catalogue to Shamrock Holdings

When Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group for around $300m in 2019, the deal included Taylor Swift's back catalogue of recordings – something that made Swift furious given her ongoing disputes...
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Taylor Swift fans celebrate as block on re-recordings ends

Remember in August 2019, when Taylor Swift talked about when the block on her re-recording her back catalogue would elapse? "My contract says that starting November 2020, so next year, I can record albums one through five...
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UMG’s Bravado inks merch deal with Alibaba’s Tmall platform

2020 has been a really interesting year for Universal Music Group's various arms in China. From local signings like Linong Chen and Sunnee to a joint label with Tencent Music, via gaming songwriting camps and the small...
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Whatever your mood, there’s a new Norah Jones album for it

Artist Norah Jones’s last studio album, ‘Pick Me Up Off The Floor’, was released in June, but there’s something interesting going on with her back catalogue too. She’s recently released a series of mini-albums,...
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Taylor Swift Folklore made $1.2m in three days… from one Chinese DSP

Taylor Swift's new album 'Folklore' may have been a surprise release, but its popularity is entirely unsurprising. According to Republic Records, the album sold more than 1.3m copies in its first 24 hours, and was streamed...