Taylor Swift hops to Universal Music Group


“Over the years, Sir Lucian Grainge and Monte Lipman have been such incredible partners. It’s so thrilling to me that they, and the UMG team, will be my label family moving forward. It’s also incredibly exciting to know that I’ll own all of my master recordings that I make from now on.”


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Taylor Swift has left her record label home of the past 12 years and signed a new worldwide deal with Universal Music Group.

Announcing the big industry news via Instagram, the pop star posted a shot of herself posing with UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge and Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman.

She added the caption: “I’m ecstatic to announce that my musical home will be Republic Records and Universal Music Group.

“Over the years, Sir Lucian Grainge and Monte Lipman have been such incredible partners. It’s so thrilling to me that they, and the UMG team, will be my label family moving forward. It’s also incredibly exciting to know that I’ll own all of my master recordings that I make from now on.

The 10-time Grammy winner signed with Big Machine Record when she was just 15-years-old. In her time with the Nashville-based independent label, Swift sold more than 32 million albums in the United States alone. The 28-year-old is now the only artist in history to have four albums sell more than one million copies in their release week. Swift is arguably one of the most successful female artists of all time.

She closed her note with a “heartfelt thanks” to Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta. “I’m extremely grateful to get to do what I love, especially with the people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with,” she shared.

Swift has also sparred publicly with Spotify, removing her catalog from the service for what she said was unfair compensation. Her music returned last year, after Spotify agreed to restrict some music to its paid tier, which pays higher royalties.

Swift also teased new music. “I’m so excited,” she wrote at the end of her note. “I can’t wait to show you what I’m making next.”

Steve Aoki shares all Asian-American cast video for BTS collaboration ‘Waste It On Me’


“When I found out that ‘Waste It On Me’ was the number one song in the world on Apple Music I realized that this track represented more than just me and BTS.”


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In 2018, everything that K-pop band BTS touch instantly becomes huge and that includes the group’s latest collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki with “Waste It On Me.” Dropping the music video for the melodic club track on Monday morning, Aoki has spearheaded a music video that features an all Asian-American cast, making it one of the first mainstream English-speaking music videos by a major artist to do so.

Now, Aoki has unveiled the visuals for the track, which includes an exclusively all Asian-American cast.

As well as Jeong, the video sees appearances from 13 Reasons Why star Ross Butler and Jamie Chung. Check the track out in full below.

The song, which marks BTS’ first full song in English, touts a long list of Asian-American celebrities in its cast. Ken Jeong, Ross Butler, Devon Aoki, and Steve Aoki are the first stars fans see, then actress Jamie Chung appears. Throughout the video, fans get to see Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Vincent Rodriguez, Westworld‘s Leonardo Nam (he’s actually Argentine-Australian), YouTuber Tiffany Ma, Crazy Rich Asians actor Jimmy O. Yang, and more lip-sync to the new Steve Aoki/BTS bop.

Happy Monday, BTS and Steve Aoki fans! You just got a brand new music video to go along with their latest collaboration. Based on the tweets about BTS and Steve Aoki’s “Waste It On Me” video, however, you all already knew that, so great! We’re all caught up. Aoki and BTS dropped their highly anticipated music video for “Waste It On Me” on Monday, Nov. 19, after the song came out on Oct. 25.

Sky Ferreira Reveals When New Music Is Coming

Sky Ferreira’s quiet spell is coming to an end with the alt-pop singer promising new music “very soon”. But first, she needs to get healthy.


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The wait for new Sky Ferreira music may soon be over. Today, Ferreira shared what she calls the “official first photo from upcoming music release.” Check it out below. Ferreira recently revealed that her “heavily visual” new EP is on the way, with new music coming “in February, or March, for sure.” Her last album, Night Time, My Time, arrived in 2013. Last year, she appeared in the new season of “Twin Peaks” and in the film Baby Driver.

“No matter how hard I tried, it was beyond me. I couldn’t say anything because of the possibility that it would make things worse…It has been genuine tasking on my soul & so frustrating. I stuck to my guns & that makes the process a lot longer than you would expect it to.”

“The only reason I can’t put a ton of new music all at once is because I’m ill & have been for a while. I have to get completely better so I can tour & actually promote it. I was misdiagnosed for a long time & I’m now just starting to actually recover. I am still putting out new music very soon though & have been working on it the entire time.”

Sky Ferreira’s sophomore album Masochism is coming up next year, although there’s no official release date yet, and first single “Guardian” will be out sometime this summer. Today, Ferreira revealed two pieces of artwork for the album painted by Lucas David along with another short clip of new music

Zayn And Nicki Minaj Teamed Up For A New Song

Zayn Malik teamed up with rapper Nicki Minaj for a new song, “No Candle No Light,” and it’s not what fans were expecting! The track, which dropped on Nov. 15, has a tropical feel, and while it’s upbeat overall, the lyrics are actually all about lost love! Nicki starts out the track, with a verse all on her own, but Zayn soon joins her, and the two sing in perfect harmony.


 “I can’t do it, no baby, I can’t do it//I only end up losing, who are we fooling…”


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The new music from Zayn comes just one week after the solo singer revealed he isn’t in touch with his former One Direction bandmates anymore. The singer admitted that things fell apart between him and the 1D guys before he even left the band back in 2015!  People had claimed that Zayn was messaging Cardi B about ‘No Candle No Light’ but fans have revealed that the Nicki Minaj collab was actually recorded over a year ago.

Malik has released a number of songs in 2018 including “Let Me,” “Entertainer,” “Sour Diesel,” “Too Much” with Timbaland and “Fingers.” The pop star has yet to announce a release date or detail the track list for his upcoming second solo album following the release of 2016’s Mind of Mine.

As Billboard points out, Zayn and Nicki’s song tells the story of “a couple whose relationship has run its course” and includes such lines as “Hand on your hand/ Chest on your chest/ Tangled in bed/ But I’m feeling you less.” In the song, the pair take turns singing and then join up for the chorus.

Earlier this month, Malik made headlines when he admitted to not having made friends during his tenure in One Direction. Hopefully, a working relationship with Minaj could lead to even more bops and an introduction to some new pals.

Katy Perry is Forbes’ highest-paid woman in music for 2018


“I don’t feel like I’ll always have to be feeding the meter of show business. I got my spot, yo.”


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Katy Perry has topped Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of the highest-paid women in music, with earnings of $83 million (£64 million).

Katy was followed in the list by Taylor Swift, who placed second with pre-tax earnings of $80 million (£62 million). Forbes noted that while many may have expected Taylor to top the annual financial breakdown, many of her Reputation Stadium Tour dates fell outside of the June-June time period. Despite that, the launch of Taylor’s new album Reputation saw her top the charts worldwide, selling two million copies in its opening week, and it undoubtedly contributed to her still impressive bank balance.

The top three of Forbes’ 2018 list was rounded out by Beyonce, who raked in $60 million (£46 million) thanks to her performance at Coachella earlier this year and her joint album with husband JAY-Z. Much like Taylor, Beyonce’s On The Run II tour fell outside of the time period looked at by Forbes, meaning it will be reflected in their 2019 list.

Battling it out for number one are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, Swift brought in $80 million but couldn’t outdo Katy Perry who is the highest earning woman in music with $83 million.

Figures are for pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for agents, managers, lawyers and estate executors. Sources include Nielsen SoundScan, NPD BookScan, insider interviews and Forbes estimates. Additional reporting by Natalie Robehmed and Rebecca Lerner.

Full List:

1. Katy Perry ($83 million)

2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

3. Beyoncé ($60 million)

4. Pink ($52 million)

5. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million)

7. Rihanna ($37.5 million)

8. Helene Fischer ($32 million)

9. Celine Dion ($31 million)

10. Britney Spears ($30 million)

“That’s the best thing about being a musician,” said Halsey. “You get to constantly show the world how you’ve changed and how you’ve grown. And you get to say, ‘Hey, look at me, look at how much better I am now than I used to be.”