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During Rina Sawayama’s set at Glastonbury, she called out Matty Healy’s microaggressions for mocking Asian accents, adding “And he owns my masters.” This caused an uproar of fan discourse questioning this statement – calling back to Taylor Swift’s negotiations to buy back her masters and her ultimate decision to re-record her albums. We’re digging deep to answer the questions: Why don’t artists own their masters? Does it really matter in the end? And why is this such a hot topic now?
Colleen Ballinger has responded to allegations of abusing and manipulating fans. In a video posted to her YouTube account, she addresses the situation while playing a ukulele. Netizens are calling out the video as a non-apology that mocks the gravity of the allegations. We discuss what accountability looks like, and why internet stars are beholden to a different level of accountability than A-list movie stars and artists.
A Twitter user hiding under the guise of an Olivia Rodrigo fan account posted fabricated interview quotes from Rodrigo supporting Johnny Depp, calling Beyonce a “hasbeen”, and more. Fans quickly realized the account was fake, and proceeded to doxx the creator. This leads us to emphasize the importance of media literacy, at a time when it’s all too easy to believe the first thing you read.
Sources for What Even Is A Master? + Colleen Ballinger Responds, Olivia Rodrigo Fake News
Olivia Rodrigo Fans Slam Twitter Account for Spreading Fake Stories About Singer and Johnny Depp, Beyonce (PopCrush, Jacklyn Krol, June 26, 2023)
YouTube Star Colleen Ballinger Responds to ‘Toxic’ Allegations With Ukulele (The Daily Beast, Laura Bradley, June 28, 2023)
‘I’ve had enough’: pop star Rina Sawayama criticises comments by labelmate Matty Healy (The Guardian, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, June 24, 2023)
EXCLUSIVE: SCOOTER BRAUN WANTED TO SELL TAYLOR SWIFT HER MASTERS. WHAT HAPPENED? (Music Business Worldwide, Tim Ingham, June 23, 2023)
RELIVING THE TAYLOR SWIFT CATALOG SALE SAGA (AND FOLLOWING THE MONEY…) (Music Business Week, Tim Ingham, June 14, 2023)
Bad Deals Are Baked Into the Way the Music Industry Operates (Noisey, Drew Schwarts, 2020)