Taylor Swift is back in the headlines after calling out Scooter Braun.
Scooter’s a big figure in the music industry and manages artists like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.
He’s also the new owner of the master recordings of Taylor’s first 6 albums after he bought the record label that owned them for about $400 million bucks.
Master recordings are pretty much the original recording of a song, so anyone who wants to use Taylor’s old stuff for say an ad, or in a TV show or movie will have to get permission from Mr Scooter and pay him a fee.
It’s not unusual for record companies to own musicians’ music.
Singers sign contracts all the time that give other people ownership of their songs and those contracts can be very tricky to get out of.
Taylor says she’s been trying to buy back her masters for a while and that she wasn’t given a fair chance to buy them back before they were sold to Scooter.
But people at the record label say that isn’t true.
Taylor is also upset because she says Scooter bullied her a few years ago and that she’s not comfortable with him owning her album masters.
Some people, like Justin Bieber, who work with Scooter have defended him as not being a bully.
Taylor has had a lot of support from other musicians who say the situation isn’t fair.
Others reckon not owning your masters is pretty common and that it’s part of the deal she originally signed.
Taylor says she’s focusing on her new music now which she will own and has warned any aspiring musicians to be careful before signing any contracts.
JAPAN STARTS COMMERCIAL WHALING AGAIN
For the first time in more than 30 years, Japan has started commercial whaling again despite international criticism.
Commercial whaling means killing whales and selling the byproducts like meat, oil & blubber.
That was banned back in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission after some species were almost wiped out.
Japan says whaling is an important part of its culture and now it’s withdrawn from the IWC because it couldn’t come to an agreement.
VALUABLE TAPES FROM NASA SET TO MAKE BIG MONEY AT AUCTION
A guy in the US might be about to turn 200 bucks into millions of dollars.
He bought a bunch of tapes off of NASA back in the 70s when he was an intern there.
At the time, NASA was recording over their old tapes or selling them off to save some cash.
Turns out there was some pretty impressive stuff on them, including the original recording of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
The tapes are expected to sell for more than 2 million dollars at an auction later this month.
TERRITORY DAY CELEBRATIONS
Northern Territorians have been busily celebrating Territory Day.
That’s the day that marks when the NT was granted Self-Government and it’s the only day of the year that it’s legal to set off fireworks.
As you can probably imagine, people were keen to make the most of it.
Shoppers loaded up boxes with explosives, 270 tonnes of them in fact, ready to light up the sky from 6 till 11pm on the 1st of July – the only time of year it’s legal to light fireworks here.
The festivities are to celebrate Territory Day – this year marks 41 years since the NT became independent, with its own government, flag, parliament and laws.
Emergency services were under the pump, battling blazes from some wayward crackers and making sure people were being responsible & safe with them.
COCO GAUFF DEFEATS VENUS WILLIAMS
Imagine getting to play your idol at Wimbledon… and then beating them!
That’s what 15 year old Coco Gauff just did!
She’s the youngest player ever at the major tournament and just beat legend Venus Williams in the first round.
TURTLE LEG TRANSPLANT
Pedro the Turtle probably isn’t going to winning races anytime soon but he’s definitely moving faster after receiving a Lego wheel transplant!
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