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Kanye’s Obsession with Taylor Swift: He’s Publishing Correspondence with His Own Lawyer Over Owning Master Recordings


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Kanye West is having a manic episode on Twitter. He’s obsessed with Taylor Swift and her fight to get own her master recordings– in a bad way. This morning he published correspondence with what looks like a lawyer over ownership of his own masters.

What’s disturbing is that he’s publishing this stuff because he says he hasn’t heard from anyone at Sony or Universal — despite raising these issues on Twitter just last night. “It’s go time,” he writes.

This should make his legal team crazy since they settled with Kanye’s labels one year ago.

What is at the root of this new Twitter rant?

In 2018, Kanye claimed Sony-ATV, which owns EMI, turned down his efforts to buy back his publishing. “I went to go buy my publishing from Sony/ATV and they said, ‘It’s $8 million [or] $9 million’ and when I went to buy it, they told me ‘No,’ I couldn’t buy my publishing,” he wrote. “I have the money to buy [back] my publishing. And they told me that I couldn’t buy my publishing… It’s like the control.” He actually posted a video rant he called “Mind Control.”

He filed a suit against EMI which was settled. But in December, EMI wrote to the court: “Unfortunately, as of today’s date, the parties have been unable to finalize the terms of a settlement agreement, or to finally resolve related issues on which a settlement agreement would be conditioned. As a result, good cause exists, and EMI hereby applies to reopen the Action.”

The parties, according to reports, settled for a second time.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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