Kanye West launched a new social media campaign to gain control of the rights to his recorded music and publishing on Monday night, claiming “I’m not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract[s]” with his record company, Universal Music Group, and his publisher, Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
He continued his efforts on Tuesday morning with another battery of tweets — one of which features a screenshot of a text from an unnamed adviser apparently claiming that West’s masters are worth more than Taylor Swift‘s.
The adviser writes that he and West can argue that Universal and Sony Music, with whom West has longstanding recorded-music and publishing deals respectively, did not support him fully and can be sued for breach of contract, potentially freeing him from his deals.
“We can argue that Universal and Sony have not supported you fully,” the text reads. “And that as a result, they have breached [the contracts]. This is the lawsuit/ termination nuclear option.
“If we went that route we would litigate and ask for your masters as part of a settlement. This is high risk but high reward strategy,” the message continues. “Re masters ownership we can look into buying. But if Taylor’s cost US$300 million (approx. $411 million) yours would cost a lot more I assume. Remember that if you re-recorded these songs you could own these new masters outright.”
The adviser is referencing the 2019 acquisition of Big Machine Records — which includes the rights to the master recordings of Taylor Swift’s first six albums — by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings for a reported US$300 million, as well as Swift’s stated plan to record new versions of those songs and thus create new master versions, devaluing the old ones.
That deal also included the masters of several other artists as well as Swift’s — who is one of the most commercially successful recordings artists in history — so the claim is questionable, if not patently false. The adviser then explores the possibility of a joint venture.
“A much more radical consideration would be to propose an entirely new relationship or joint venture with Universal. One that is equal and not one-sided. I am not sure you are interested in that. But it could be a Yeezy Media/Universal joint venture play but one where you have the power.”
While the terms of West’s deals are not public, standard recording and music-publishing contracts typically do not allow artists to withdraw from the deals whenever they want.
West’s timing may not be coincidental: Vivendi, Universal Music’s parent company, held an investor meeting at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference on Tuesday morning.
Along with the text exchange, West tweeted, “No one from Universal or Sony has responded so it’s go time,” and later posted another screenshot of a text from someone claiming that a representative for Vivendi had reached out. An hour later, West posted that the initial phone call with the Vivendi executive “went great … this was a perfect first conversation.”
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Reps for West, Universal and Sony did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for comment.
West has publicly stated that he wants to get out of his label and publishing deals in the past, and even sued the companies in January of last year. One suit was against EMI Music Publishing, with whom he signed in 2003 and which is now owned by Sony/ATV, and the other was against the Universal Music Group companies Roc-a-Fella Records (the formerly Jay-Z-owned record label that released his early albums), Def Jam Records and UMG’s merchandising arm, Bravado.
Both companies counter-sued a few weeks later, and sources say the publishing suit was settled for an undisclosed amount last September — presumably with terms more favourable to West. The Universal litigation is ongoing.
While West’s first several albums have all been certified multi-platinum, his more recent releases have met with less commercial and critical success. His most recent albums Ye and Jesus Is King were both certified gold but were uneven creatively; the latter album reflects his turn toward Christian-based music, as does his delayed album Donda: With Child, which West said would be released over the summer but has not yet materialised.
His erratic release schedule reflects his unpredictable behaviour, related to his bipolar condition, in recent years: He also said he would be issuing an album in 2018 called Yandhi that remains unreleased.
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Duane Chapman Says Fiancee Francie Frane ‘Fit Right In’ During 1st Bounty Hunt Together
Proud husband-to-be! Duane Chapman revealed fiancée Francie Frane impressed him with her intuitive skills when they went on their first bounty hunt together following their engagement. The WGN America alum reflected on the experience in a sneak peek for an upcoming episode of The Dr. Oz Show.
“I know she’s a hunter. Her and her two sons have hunted bow hunt, so they track, they look for things that the prey leaves behind. And so, she’s kind of a natural,” Duane, 67, said in a teaser clip obtained by People on Friday, September 25.
Not only did she take action, but she “just fit right in” with the team, the TV personality added. “She started getting leads and writing them down, so there’s more than just tracking and hunting.” Duane said she found her niche in “the investigation behind the investigation … and she’s really, really good at that.”
Dr. Oz shared his own teaser clip from the Monday, September 28, show, revealing Francie helped Duane make big improvements to his lifestyle. “No swearing, fewer cigarettes and down 20 pounds,” the talk show host wrote in his caption, teasing more of what is to come in the bounty hunter’s latest interview.
Duane and Francie announced their engagement in May after he popped the question during a candlelit dinner at their Colorado home.
The reality star often credits Francie for helping him cope with the death of his late wife Beth Chapman, who passed away in June 2019 following a cancer battle. They had been together nearly 30 years and Beth was only 51 when she died. Francie also lost her spouse to cancer, so they found comfort in each other.
In August, Duane opened up about the severe depression he felt in the wake of his longtime love’s death. “I barely remember the first six months,” the Dogs Most Wanted star told RadioTimes.com. “After that, when everything calms down, and people quit calling you, and flowers quit coming to the door and all of a sudden, you’re alone … that’s when it hit me,” he explained.
Francie and Duane ultimately found love in each other and he made sure to go the extra mile when he purchased her dazzling diamond ring.
“Francie’s stunning ring features what appears to be an estimated 1.5 to 2-carat cushion or round brilliant diamond surrounded by a cushion-shaped diamond halo,” Kathryn Money, Brilliant Earth’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Retail Expansion, previously speculated in an exclusive statement to In Touch.
Duane and Francie have big wedding plans in store!
André Leon Talley praises Lizzo’s Vogue cover as ‘progress’
André Leon Talley is praising Anna Wintour for starting to fix Vogue’s diversity problem following the release of the October cover story on Lizzo.
In recent months, Wintour admitted the issue and confessed to “hurtful and intolerant behavior” at the fashion bible.
Talley lashed out at Wintour in his May memoir, “The Chiffon Trenches,” dubbing her a “colonial dame.”
But Friday, he wrote on Instagram: “Proud to see very, very beautiful, stunningly elegant [Lizzo] on Vogue’s current cover.” He added, “Progress is advancing at full supersonic Concorde speed. Dame Anna Wintour made a promise and she kept her word. Her public apology was right on.”
But, he said, “in the years I worked there, under her reign, this cover would have never been published, even if it were a trial.”
He claimed that it would have been killed by the advertising side of the company, hinting that they would have thought it would be off-putting to Vogue readers.
Netflix, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay Season 2: Everything we know so far
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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, Update: This South Korean drama incipiently just a television series is now available for the Netflix subscribers. It takes us down on an emotional road as two lovers find themselves in one another.
This originally TVN network production supposedly had the highest-paid cast starring Kim Soo-Hyun and SeonYe Ji as the leads and the status remains so till now and had a towering success in many countries.
A brief outline of (It’s Okay To Not Be Okay Season 2)
It opens up displaying two different characters both untouched by love in their lives; one – a community health worker at a psychiatric ward and the other -,a known children’s book author and how their roads are intersected and as the story moves forward their lives become intrinsically linked as they come to know about their haunting pasts.
This breezy overwhelming romance seasoned off with its finale on Aug 9, 2020, with the lead characters acknowledging their reciprocation of feelings for each other.
Seo Ye-Ji’s Ko Moon Young was seen publishing a book digressing from her usual dismayed themed narratives and Oh Jung -she’s Moon Sang Tae took a dreamy carefree road trip. Assessing how most of the Korean series draws the closing line after one season, this too is treated for such an evaluation.
However, looking at how Ko Moon -young when visited her mother and shared a schmooze giving her a sense of closure might have floored a way for its second season.
Even though no news has announced the series being poised to make S2, a scene that strongly disaffirms its termination after the 1st season was when the trio converged on the same stage was actually the Moon brothers going their separate ways.
Actor Park kyu -Yung playing ‘Nam Ju -el ‘ articulated his working experience with the lead actor Kim Soo-Hyun in an interview’ His energy was truly great. I’ve seen his drama fans even before I debuted and I was worried and nervous about how our teamwork would be. I asked him a lot of things I was curious about and he made working together very comfortably,so I’m thankful’.
The main factor debarring the official shoot of the likely to happen renewal is the global pandemic, incurring an irrevocable loss of the entertainment industry drawing most of its projects a stand. So the K-drama fans might have to wait longer for the arrival of the next season.
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