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Pop superstar Taylor Swift has officially signed a new record deal with Universal Music, which marks her first signing with a major label.

Before this, all of her music has been released on independent country label, Big Machine. She signed with the small recording company, which is an imprint of giant UMG, when she was only 14-years-old, and her deal has now expired.

At the age of 28, she will now release her music globally through Universal Music Group.

The news came after she uploaded a photo to Instagram of herself posing with Universal executives Lucian Grange and Monte Lipman.


My new home

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One year one from the release of her triple-platinum album Reputation, Swift underwent talks with every major record group, and requested more financial and creative freedom from a potential new deal.

This is massive news for Taylor, as she will now own all of the music which she records, resulting in the singer earning more money through sales and album streams.

Universal have also agreed to repay their artists with any money made from Spotify streams.

This is not the first time Taylor has campaigned for streaming service rights for artists; in 2015 she played a large role in persuading Apple Music to change how they pay artists.

The singer wrote a now-iconic open letter to Apple requesting that artists, producers, and creatives are fairly paid for their work: 

"I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this."

Swift has now utterly changed the streaming game, with Universal now accepting her terms in the newly arranged deal.


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"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," she wrote on Instagram.

"They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms than paid out previously by other major labels."

"I see this as a sign that we are headed towards positive change for creators – a goal I'm never going to stop trying to help achieve."

"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."

"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."

Chairman and CEO of UMG Lucien Grainge spoke out to praise Swift for her work:

"Few artists in history approach Taylor Swift's combination of massive global hits and creative brilliance. She is so multi-talented, she can achieve anything. I have such enormous respect for Taylor, in particular for her use of her hard-earned influence to promote positive change.


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"Because of her commitment to her fellow artists, not only did she want to partner with a company that understood her creative vision and had the resources and expertise to execute globally on her behalf, she also sought a partner whose approach to artists was aligned with hers."

Lipman, founder and CEO of Republic Records, added: "Taylor has not only captured the imagination of an entire generation, but has also redefined the paradigm of the modern music industry."

Swift's latest album Reputation received unprecedented critical acclaim before becoming the biggest-selling album of 2017, selling around 1.3 MILLION albums in just one week.

Congrats Taylor, keep fighting for fair pay and artists' creative rights. You do you, queen.


Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have become the first sisters in the world to both have number one albums.

The famous duo broke a new world record this week when Solange’s latest album, A Seat at the Table, took the Billboard Top 200 chart’s top spot.

After selling 72,000 copies in the first week, the work quickly became Bey’s little sister’s first No.1 album and in doing so allowed the Knowles’ to join Michael and Janet Jackson and Master P and Silkk The Shocker as the only siblings in the world to get their albums to the top of the charts.

Last week Queen B took to Instagram to congratulate 30-year-old Solange on the release of her new music.

The 35-year-old Texan wrote: “Congrats to my sister on creating this beautiful work of art.  I could not be more proud of you.”

Six of Beyoncé’s albums have already achieved chart-topping success.

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Niall Horan just released his first solo track, This Town, last week, and it's already exploding.

The former Directioner has made history in the States by becoming the first artists the debut at number one on the Social 50 Countdown Chart.

The chart is given data that's tracked by music analytic company Next Big Sound. 

Basically, it ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia, Tumblr and Vine… and Niall has come out on top.

I'm sure the Mullingar man will also be delighted to know that he beat his former bandmate Zayn, who went solo last year. Zayn came third on the chart when he first debuted his new music.

We're delighted for Niall!


Despite describing her own account as “boring”, earlier this year Selena Gomez beat the likes of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and all the Kardashian-Jenners to the title of most followed person on Instagram.

And now, the Same Old Love singer has become the first person on the site to hit 100 million followers – even though she’s been absent from social media for a month.

As noted by seventeen.com, the 24-year-old’s lack of Instagram and Twitter activity appears to coincide with the cancellation of the remainder of her Revival tour.


Nobody loves me like you do

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Last month, the former Disney star shocked fans by announcing that she would be taking a career break to deal with ongoing health issues

She’s been suffering from Lupus, depression and anxiety.

But while fans were undoubtedly disappointed to learn that they would not be seeing Sel perform in the near future, they have been actively supporting her on social media as when they realised she was closing in on the coveted 100 mil following, they launched a #SelenaBreakTheInternet hashtag to push her account over the finish line.


KL, from the car

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What a nice surprise for Selena when she logs back on.



Last night, the whole crew of Zoolander 2 walked the red carpet in London, but the movie wasn't the only thing that premiered.

While all the celebs were walking the carpet, Ben Stiller came out with the longest selfie stick EVER.

It captured all the cast and crew (along with Myleene Klass for some reason) and some by-standers, too.

Although we can't really see everyone from that height, the novelty is too much for us and we want need that selfie stick now.