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Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings acquires Big Machine Label Group (including Taylor Swift’s master recordings)

Today, on top of all the free agent news in the NBA, it was announced that Big Machine Label Group found a buyer. See, back in November of 2018, there was talk in industry circles that the label, which was the former label home of Taylor Swift was up for sale and that the company could command a $300M price tag. Shortly after the news broke she took to Tumblr to express how she felt about the sale of the label.

This is a pretty big deal on the business side because this means the value of recorded music and publishing is increasing (also, see what Hipgnosis Songs Fund is doing). After the news broke, Taylor Swift posted that she learned of the deal “as it was announced to the world,” but according to a source, Swift’s camp has known about the acquisition since Tuesday (June 25), when Big Machine held a shareholders meeting to discuss the deal. Swift’s father, Scott Swift, owns a small stake in Big Machine (about 4%).

Scott Borchetta, CEO and President of Big Machine Label Group confirmed this in his own response. From the information that’s been public, it seems Taylor had the opportunity of owning her masters but chose to sign directly to UMG. If her father owned a stake, he had to have been notified about the sale. Regardless of what happened, Ithaca Holdings now owns every previous Taylor Swift album.

I don’t know the ins and outs of this deal but it seems as if Big Machine did good business. Taylor can still play the long game and attempt to buy her masters later on. Her current deal with UMG has to be great (she reportedly will own her masters for future releases via her deal with UMG). I can only guess that her post might not help negotiations in the near future.

Fun Fact: When Motown sold to MCA in 1988, it was acquired for $61 Million. Today, that would be $132 Million, factoring in inflation.

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Vince Valholla announces new compilation project and releases the first single titled “Get It Started”

Valholla Chairman/CEO, Vince Valholla announced an untitled compilation project today (June 28) that will feature songs from a variety of artists and producers. The first single from the project was also released today titled “Get It Started” which features bars from SIN (@LISTENtoSIN), Rob Markman, and Fatboy Shaw. More about the collaboration was posted on Vince’s Medium account.

“One of the first compilation projects I put together was called ‘Valholla is the Future’ in 2009. Many who have been following our company from the beginning know about this mixtape. It had a mix of original music and remixes and featured artists on our label and few other guests. Growing up, I studied albums and how they were sequenced. Sequencing projects is one of the most enjoyable parts of what I do. With Valholla is the Future which was co-hosted by DJ Sylent, I got to really get creative with a body of work.

After that, I went on to executive produce and sequence way more projects and albums but this year, I wanted to go back to that feeling I had when putting together ‘Valholla is the Future’. Today, the first single from a series of compilation projects I’ll be putting together with the help of my team and other artists and producers I’m a fan of. “Get It Started” with SIN (@LISTENtoSIN), Rob Markman, Fatboy Shaw and The Track Burnaz. It’s available now on all platforms. More music to come. Thanks for your support.” – via Vince Valholla on Medium

The single is available on Apple Music, TIDAL, Spotify, Audiomack, YouTube and all other streaming platforms. has also been added to our Valholla NOW playlist. Add it here: ValhollaNOW.com.

“Get It Started” was produced by The Track Burnaz, StayLookingOut and Vince Valholla.

Baton Rouge-based Hip Hop Recording Artist Adam Dollar$ partners with Valholla Entertainment for his upcoming release ‘It Comes With A Price’

One of Baton Rouge’s most accomplished independent artists today will release his album ‘It Comes With A Price’ which will be distributed by Valholla Entertainment. Adam Dollar$ has made a name for himself in Louisiana and has been recognized for his music and live performances. His 7 song LP is set for release on July 12th is available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon Music, and Google Play. Pre-ordering the album grants you free access to the first show of his upcoming tour which kicks off on August 23rd at The Varsity.

“I was introduced to Adam and his music from Van Lathan (Host of The Red Pill Podcast and Senior Producer at TMZ) and I’ve been following his moves for over 2 years. We’re excited to be a part of this album” Valholla Chairman/CEO, Vince Valholla said. Follow Adam Dollar$ on Instagram and pre-order the album today! Tracklisting available HERE.

Watch + Listen to Dynasty from SIN (@LISTENtoSIN)

With SIN (@LISTENtoSIN) teasing a new project on Twitter and Instagram, the Broward County based MC releases new visuals in support of his single, “Dynasty”. The eerie backdrop provided by producer MikeiiLo sets the stage for SIN to perform lyrical gymnastics. The dark tone is matched with the visuals directed by @OneTwoVision.

Add his LISTENtoSIN Essentials Playlist on Apple Music, TIDAL & YouTube. His This Is SIN playlist is available on Spotify. These playlists feature his best songs so be sure to keep it in your library.