Taylor Swift master tapes sold by Scooter Braun to investment fund

Publishedduration9 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionSwift (left) has been trying to get her master recording rights back from Braun (right) since he bought them last year

US singer Taylor Swift has confirmed a report that music mogul Scooter Braun has sold the rights to her first six albums.

US entertainment magazine Variety first reported on Monday that Braun had sold the rights – known as masters – to an investment fund.

It said the deal is thought to be worth more than $300 million (£227m).

Writing on Twitter Swift said it was "the second time my music had been sold without my knowledge".

It is the latest development in the dispute between Swift and Braun – Swift has previously accused Braun of trying to "dismantle" her musical legacy.

There has been no initial response from Braun to the Variety report or Swift's remarks. The BBC has sent an email to Braun for comment.

Swift signed a deal with record label Big Machine in 2004 granting them ownership of the master recordings to her first six albums in exchange for a cash advance to kick-start her career.

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In the music industry, ownership of masters means you control what can be done with a song or album, such as whether it is used in an advert or on a streaming platform. Owners of popular songs can earn a huge amount of money.

Braun bought Big Machine in June 2019, and with it the rights to most of Swift's work. Since then the pair have been locked in a major battle over control of the music.

In her statement, Swift said she had been "actively trying to regain ownership of my master recordings" over the last year and had tried to enter talks with Braun.

She said Braun's legal team wanted her to sign a non-disclosure agreement stating "I would never say another word about Scooter Braun unless it was positive".

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