Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Masters

Hours after it was reported that Scooter Braun had sold the master rights to Taylor Swift’s first six albums following the acquisition of them just over a year ago (which came as a result of his company, Ithaca Holdings, obtaining Big Machine Label Group), Swift put out a statement through Twitter attempting to clear up some questions regarding the matter to fans. 

In the posted statement she says Braun tried to get her to “sign an ironclad [non-disclosure agreement” that wouldn’t allow her to publicly speak about him unless the words she was saying were positive. She also says that, a few weeks ago, she was informed “100 percent of [her] music, videos, and album art” was purchased from Braun by a private equity company called Shamrock Holdings. She says that the deal will also allow Braun “to profit” off her old music catalog, and that she declined to partner

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Following a report Monday by Variety with details on Ithaca’s sale, but without information on the buyer, Swift posted to Twitter that that Braun’s “team” asked her to sign a non-disclosure agreement before she could even “bid on [her] own work,” once Braun decided to sell her masters. “My legal team said that this is absolutely not normal, and they’re never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off,” she said. “He would never even quote my team a price. These master recordings were not for sale to me.”

A few weeks later, Swift’s team received a letter from Shamrock, informing them they had bought 100% of Swift’s music. “This was the second time my music had been sold without my knowledge,” Swift said. “The letter told me they wanted to reach out before the sale to let me know,

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Scooter Braun has sold the master rights to Taylor Swift’s first six albums just 17 months after purchasing it when Braun’s Ithaca Holdings LLC bought Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) – the entity which owned the music assets – and engaged in a monumental feud with Swift over the acquisition.

In June 2019, Ithaca purchased the Nashville-based independent record company, founded by Scott Borchetta in 2005, for a cool $300 million and included in the meteoric deal were all of its business holdings, including recorded music assets, its client roster, distribution deals, publishing and owned artist masters.

Swift’s original recordings remained a part of that deal as the “Blank Space” songstress had signed with BMLG when she was a new up-and-coming act – her contract with the label expired in the fall of 2018 and as a free-agent, Swift, 30, ultimately signed with Universal Music Group for future recordings.

Now,

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Taylor Swift has responded to news of the sale of her catalog by Scooter Braun to a private equity company, saying she spurned the firm’s hopes of working together when she learned Braun would still profit from her work, and announcing she had already undertaken the long-promised re-recording of her entire Big Machine catalog.

Swift also said that Braun’s reps had let her know the catalog was for sale, but was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement to never again disparage Braun before she would be allowed to even examine Big Machine’s financial books or make an offer.

The singer wrote in a statement published on Twitter that “my team attempted to enter into negotiations with Scooter Braun. Scooter’s team wanted me to sign an ironclad NDA stating I would never say another word about Scooter Braun unless it was positive, before we could even look at the financial records

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By Andrew Both

AUGUSTA, Ga., Nov 16 (Reuters)Dustin Johnson exudes an air of cool nonchalance on the course but that calm exterior hides a burning desire to compile a major record that does justice to his rich talents.

The tears he shed upon winning the Masters with a record low score on Sunday showed a rarely seen side of a player who was all too aware that many questioned whether he really had the inner fortitude to stand up and be counted on the biggest stage.

Johnson has almost an air of indifference when he speaks to the media in his monotone manner, which can give the mistaken impression that he doesn’t really care.

The truth is rather different.

“I proved to myself that I do have it, because I’m sure a lot of y’all think that, or even I, there were doubts in my mind, just

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Barclay Radebaugh watched Sunday’s final round of the Masters along with the rest of the world. He gleefully noticed how much one of his former Charleston Southern basketball players was involved in the acquisition of a nice new green jacket.

Every step of the way.

Record-breaking Masters winner Dustin Johnson again Sunday leaned heavily on Austin Johnson, his brother forever and caddie since 2013. The same guy led the Buccaneers in floor burns from diving on loose balls from 2007-2010.

“Austin caddies just like he played basketball,” said Radebaugh, CSU’s head coach since 2005. “Austin was a very hard-nosed, tough, skilled basketball player. It’s been a blast watching him as a caddie.”



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AUGUSTA, Ga. — This Masters was different. It had to be. The tournament was being held in November for the first time. There were no patrons on the grounds.

We share what stood out most to us over seven surreal days at Augusta National:

Less quiet, please

So much is different in 2020, and a Masters without spectators was still something to behold. It was appreciated and applauded, with the knowledge that nothing this year is easy. Pulling off an event of this magnitude, in this climate, is to be cheered — even if such noise was muted throughout the week.

That doesn’t mean we can’t long for the good old days.

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By the time Smith, marching up the 15th fairway, looked back and saw that it was Johnson who was close to the pin on the 14th green, it was all but over. Smith frowned and looked down at the grass, Johnson made the six-foot putt, and the lead was five strokes with four holes remaining.

This rain-delayed, pandemic-delayed Masters was essentially over. Was Johnson’s arrival on this stage, the green jacket ceremony in Butler Cabin, also delayed? Not really. Before Woods, it was widely accepted that golfers peaked in their 30s. By that metric, Johnson is right on time.

This is what he had in mind all those years ago when he honed his game at Weed Hill driving range in Columbia, South Carolina, just an hour or so from Augusta National. Johnson knew of the special tournament just down the road, even if he never had the connections to

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Nothing ever comes easily for Dustin Johnson in the majors, except for when he slipped his arms through that Masters green jacket Sunday.

Johnson overcame a jittery start that conjured memories of past majors he failed to finish off. He turned that into a command performance, making sure this one-of-a-kind Masters with no fans also had no drama.

Not even close.

Johnson tapped in for par on the 18th for a 4-under 68 to finish at 20-under 268, breaking by two shots the record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

His five-shot victory was the largest at the Masters since Woods won by 12 in 1997. All that was missing were the roars from a crowd for any of his pivotal putts early and his birdie putts on the back nine that put it away.

“It still feels like a dream,” Johnson said.

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But he still leads Langer by three strokes.

Im and Smith cut into Johnson’s lead.

After Dustin Johnson missed a 10-foot par putt on the par-3 fourth, he showed as much emotion as he has all week. He knew how important that par save was to maintain his momentum; it would have been hard for Johnson to avoid seeing the nearby scoreboard showing that two players in the group ahead of him, Sungjae Im, a Masters rookie, and Cameron Smith, are 2-under for their rounds, to draw to within two of his lead.

One thing that hasn’t changed in 2020: the Masters purse.

Augusta National will dole out $11.5 million in prize money to professionals playing the tournament, the same sum as last year. The winner will earn nearly $2.1 million (along with a green jacket, lifetime entry into the tournament and an annual invitation for dinner), while the runner-up

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