Tag Archives: Scooter Braun

Justin Bieber Gives Emotional Speech at Album Preview Event

Justin Bieber broke down in tears describing the challenges he’s faced in the last couple of years and the people who helped him get through it. At a playback of his forthcoming album “Changes,” held at Village Recorders in West Los Angeles during the heart of Grammy week, Bieber got emotional and started crying recalling […]

Esports Organization 100 Thieves Unveils New Facility in Los Angeles

As of Wednesday, popular esports organization 100 Thieves has an official home in Los Angeles. The group unveiled its new 15,000 square-foot facility, officially named the 100 Thieves Cash App Compound, in a media preview, with some of its biggest personalities and investor Scooter Braun on hand, in addition to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of […]

Carlyle Group, Investors in Taylor Swift Catalog, Address Scooter Braun Drama (Sort Of)

Kewsong Lee, co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, a private equity fund whose assets include a minority investment in Big Machine Label Group, the record company that’s home to Taylor Swift’s catalog, spoke to CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Wednesday. During the interview, held at the Goldman Sachs Financial Conference, host Wilfred Frost asked the business executive […]

Biggest Scandals, Feuds and Apologies of 2019

Variety looks back on some of the biggest scandals, feuds and apologies of 2019: College Admissions Scandal Wealthy parents including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged with bribing school officials to get their unqualified kids into prestigious universities. Shane Gillis Executives at “SNL” hired, then fired, Gillis in September, before the new season started, […]

Taylor Swift’s Sundance Doc Has Full Clearance From Big Machine Label Group

With Taylor Swift’s Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” set to open the Sundance Film Festival in Jan. 2020 comes word that all of her older material has been cleared for use in the film. The documentary was a flashpoint in the latest public flare-up over Scooter Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Records, and with it the […]

Taylor Swift Keeps the Digs Subtle in American Music Awards ‘Artist of the Decade’ Performance

Has there ever been so much suspense over a televised award that didn’t even involve an “envelope, please” moment? Taylor Swift’s appearance at Sunday’s American Music Awards, where she was being honored as artist of the decade, was easily the most anticipated awards show appearance of the year, both for whether she’d be able to […]

Scooter Braun Writes Impassioned Letter to Taylor Swift Following Death Threats

Following Scooter Braun’s first public statements about the ongoing social media war with Taylor Swift on Thursday afternoon, the manager and business mogul posted an emotional letter late in the night describing death threats received at his home. In the note, shared on his social media channels, he implores Swift to act responsibly, writing, “It’s […]

Scooter Braun Breaks Months-Long Silence, Pleads for Taylor Swift to Sit Down and Talk

Scooter Braun hasn’t publicly spoken about the battles between Taylor Swift and the Big Machine Label Group in the nearly half-year since his Ithaca Holdings purchased her former record label. He broke his silence Thursday in a Q&A at the 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference, co-sponsored by Variety and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, in which […]

The Show Will Go On for Taylor Swift at the AMAs as Label, DCP Reach Agreement

The show will go on for Taylor Swift on the “American Music Awards” this Sunday. Following a public dustup concerning permission to perform her older material, whose master rights are owned by Big Machine Label Group, the company (newly owned by Scooter Braun who purchased it from Scott Borchetta) along with AMAs producers Dick Clark […]

Rage Against the Big Machine: What’s Driving the Taylor Swift Showdown

The latest Taylor Swift-Scooter Braun-Scott Borchetta kerfuffle involves the sort of music business minutiae that doesn’t commonly interest the general public — in fact, it’s probably safe to say that untold thousands if not millions of people are suddenly familiar with the concept of re-recording old masters. But in blasting Braun on social media and […]

Taylor Swift Denies Big Machine’s Claims Over Song Use, ‘Millions’ in Debt

In the latest salvo in a rapidly evolving media battle that has evolved over the past 15 hours, Taylor Swift refuted Big Machine Records’ claim that the company did not try to block her from using material from her early albums, which are owned by the label, in forthcoming television specials. Swift had leveled those […]

Big Machine Records Denies Taylor Swift’s Claims of Blocking Music Use

In a statement issued early Friday morning, Big Machine Records denied Taylor Swift’s claims that they are blocking the use of her music. Swift had said in social media posts late Thursday that her former record company, which is run by Scott Borchetta and his new partner Scooter Braun, are trying to nix her plans for a […]

Leave Taylor Alone! Why Swift Action Is Needed Now (Guest Column)

I am heated. I see red. I’m referring, of course, to latest public dust-up between Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta.  Mainly, it’s Taylor I’m focused on. Taylor Swift is many things to many people. She’s a victim to some. She’s an inspiration to others. Everyone is invested in the Taylor Swift story — […]

Taylor Swift Says Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta Are Blocking Her From Playing Old Hits at AMAs

Taylor Swift has taken to social media to tell fans that Scott Borchetta, her former label head at Big Machine Records, and his new partner Scooter Braun are trying to nix her plans for a retrospective performance at the American Music Awards, as well as denying the use of her recordings for a documentary she […]

Album Review: ‘Charlie’s Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

Ariana Grande has had a sterling year-and-a-quarter, releasing the squeakily soulful “Sweetener” album in August 2018, then the equally sleek, freer and self-empowered “Thank U, Next” six months later. That’s saying nothing of Grande telling off 2019’s Grammy producers (don’t tell Ariana what songs she can and can’t perform), becoming the youngest artist to headline […]

Scooter Braun to Keynote 2019 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference

Scooter Braun will be the keynote speaker at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Entertainment Industry Conference on Nov. 21. The music and media mogul will discuss his career as an entrepreneur and in in entertainment with Variety executive editor Shirley Halperin. Braun is the founder of SB Projects, a top tier management whose […]

Justin Bieber’s ‘Cupid,’ Michael Turner Comic Book Movies Set Filmmakers at Mythos Studios

Mythos Studios, the year-old content venture from Marvel Studios founding chairman David Maisel and manager-mogul Scooter Braun, announced Thursday the group of creatives who are overseeing three films in pre-production. Foremost is “Cupid,” the first film in a planned universe based on Greek and Roman mythology. The titular matchmaker, to be voiced by Justin Bieber, […]

Trading In Music’s Futures: Why Greed Is Good (Guest Column)

The music industry is entering a time of financial prosperity thanks to the widespread use of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. According to a recent report by Musicwatch, 77% of all internet users in the U.S. stream music, while Goldman Sachs projects a revenue pot of $34 billion by 2030. Finally, the […]

Rita Wilson to Host SiriusXM Talk Show, With Scooter Braun as First Guest (EXCLUSIVE)

Actress and Singer Rita Wilson will host a new monthly, one-hour SiriusXM talk show called “The Spark” that launches next Wednesday (Oct. 9) at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on the “Volume” (channel 106). Justin Bieber/ Ariana Grande manager Scooter Braun will be the  guest on the show’s premiere, while Grammy Award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt will […]