Next Chapter: Taylor signs with Universal Music Group

Consider the glass ceiling shattered into a million pieces.

Taylor Swift’s contract with Big Machine Records has ended. She now has signed a new deal. Her new label in the U. S. of A. is now Republic Records. To serve as her global music partner, she will now have Universal Music Group.

Taylor’s previous masters (her entire back catalog until now) remain with Big Machine Records. However, she has mentioned she will get to own all her masters from now onwards. That’s huge for her to get, but what’s more impressive is that as part of the deal, “any sale of their Spotify shares result in a distribution of money to their artists, non-recoupable”. Tell me again how Taylor is not in control of her own career so I can laugh out loud or that she is not looking out for her fellow artists. She is calling the shots. Here’s the full text via Instagram.

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 own all of my master recordings that I make from now on. It’s really important to me to see eye to eye with a label regarding the future of our industry. I feel so motivated by new opportunities created by the streaming world and the ever-changing landscape of our industry… I also feel strongly that streaming was founded on and continues to thrive based on the magic created by artists, writers, and producers.

There was one condition that meant more to me than any other deal point. As part of my new contract with Universal Music Group, I asked that any sale of their Spotify shares result in a distribution of money to their artists, non-recoupable. They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms and paid out previously by other major labels. I see this is a sign that we are headed toward positive change for creators – a goal I’m never going to stop trying to help achieve, in whatever ways I can. I’m so happy to have Sir Lucian Grainge as a partner in these efforts.

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Scott Borchetta for believing in me as a 14-year-old and for guiding me through over a decade of work that I will always be so proud of. I’m extremely grateful to get to do what I love, especially with the people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. The best thing I’ve been lucky enough to receive is the dedication, trust, and loyalty of the fans who have cared about the words and melodies I’ve written. My biggest goal moving forward is to make you proud. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to show you what I’m making next.

Taylor Swift via Instagram
November 19, 2018

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She also gave her heartfelt thanks to Scott Borchetta. That has me thinking of a lot of things including that rare opportunity I had to meet T. S. back in the RED Tour’s final concert. So, indulge me for a moment.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Big Machine Records for their support over the years. Somehow they were friendly enough to know who the crazy guy in the suit was. Sorry to make this salute in a public post, but I have no way left to contact you. If you were part of the team back in the day and remember me, I just wanted to say thank you for everything.

As for what the future holds now… Did she hinted at new music? Well… Let’s finish the rep Tour first! Tokyo, you’re up next for what should be an emotional finale!

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • November 20: Tokyo Dome. Tokyo, Japan.
  • November 21: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. Japan.
  • December 13: You will figure it out some day.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Featured photo via Taylor Swift’s Instagram)

People’s Choice Awards 2018: Taylor’s rep tour wins Tour of the Year

She wins again, Taylor Nation 🙂

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar (it’s still Sparkly!) won one of her nominations for the People’s Choice Awards for the Concert Tour of the Year for the amazing rep Tour. She accepted all the way from… I’m not sure where she was, but I know she’ll be heading to Tokyo soon.

Tokyo, are you ready? You are up next for what will somehow be the closing concerts of the reputation Stadium World Tour… It seems to have gone so fast.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • November 20: Tokyo Dome. Tokyo, Japan.
  • November 21: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. Japan.
  • December 13: You will figure it out some day.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Featured photos by E! Entertainment)

The rep Tour Auckland: We were in screaming color

I remember when you hit the brakes too soon, Taylor Nation.

The Queen of Snakes played Mt Smart stadium in Auckland, New Zealand last Friday, November 9th to great praise. It may have been her only show for the Kiwi Swifties but the Enchantress made it count for a hundred.

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(Photo: Don Arnold/Getty Images Entertainment)

 

The surprise song was “Out of the Woods”, which T-Swizzle remarked was always going to make her think about New Zealand. It should the video for the song features some gorgeous New Zealand scenery including the mountains of Queenstown and Bethells beach.

T-Swizzle is up for three People’s Choice Awards with Female Artist of the Year, Concert Tour of the Year and Social Celebrity of the Year. The show airs this Sunday, November 11th.

Tokyo, are you ready? You are up next for what will somehow be the closing concerts of the reputation Stadium World Tour… It seems to have gone so fast.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • November 11: The People’s Choice Awards on E! Entertainment TV. Taylor Swift is nominated for Female Artist of the YearConcert Tour of the Year and Social Celebrity of the Year.
  • November 20: Tokyo Dome. Tokyo, Japan.
  • November 21: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. Japan.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Featured photos by Tom Arnold for Getty Images Entertainment)

The rep Tour Brisbane: Don’t you dream impossible dreams

The whole place was dressed to the nines, Taylor Nation.

The Mother of Fighting Dragons With You (New nickname! Yay) played Brisbane, Australia on November 6. That was last night if you’re in Australia. That is still tonight if you’re in America (geographically, America is the continent…). If you’re in Europe or Asia, that is… errr… (looks up Google)… Probably last night as well? Either way it was just a blast.

The surprise song on the b-stage last night was “Starlight”. I must confess, I’m not a super fan of this bonus track. It doesn’t have much of a hook in my opinion. But if you love this song, that’s still cool – you do you 🙂

T-Swizzle is up for three People’s Choice Awards with Female Artist of the Year, Concert Tour of the Year and Social Celebrity of the Year. The show airs Sunday, November 11th.

Next up, the rep World Stadium Tour is headed to Auckland, New Zealand!

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • November 9: Mt Smart Stadium. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • November 11: The People’s Choice Awards on E! Entertainment TV. Taylor Swift is nominated for Female Artist of the YearConcert Tour of the Year and Social Celebrity of the Year.
  • November 20: Tokyo Dome. Tokyo, Japan.
  • November 21: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. Japan.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Featured photo via @TaylorNation13)

The rep Tour Sydney: It feels like a perfect night

We’re happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time , Taylor Nation.

Taylor of the House Swift, the First of Her Name, The Fearless One, Queen of Glitter and Sparkly Dresses, Princess in Red, Queen of Snakes, No its Becky, Enchantress, T-Swizzle, Tay Sway, Blonde with A Sparkly Guitar Who Might Be Green At The Moment, Mother of Swifties and Ruler of the Taylor Nation…. (whew) played the ANZ Stadium at the Sydney Olympic Park in Australia last night, November 2nd in pouring rain.

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(Photo: Don Arnold for Getty Entertainment)

The surprise song on the b-stage last night was “22”. And yes, Sydney got loud.

She also decided to tear off her soaked eyelash extensions during “I Did Something Bad” which was captured by a fan on video.

T-Swizzle is up for three People’s Choice Awards with Female Artist of the Year, Concert Tour of the Year and Social Celebrity of the Year. The show airs Sunday, November 11th.

The Mother of Fighting Dragons With You plays The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia on November 6.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • November 6: The Gabba. Brisbane, Australia.
  • November 9: Mt Smart Stadium. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • November 11: The People’s Choice Awards on E! Entertainment TV. Taylor Swift is nominated for Female Artist of the YearConcert Tour of the Year and Social Celebrity of the Year.
  • November 20: Tokyo Dome. Tokyo, Japan.
  • November 21: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo. Japan.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Featured photo by Don Arnold/Getty Entertainment)