Sunday, May 26, 2024

Usher Playing the Met Ball Even Though TikTok is Sponsor– Universal Pulled His Music from Platform


Usher — who played the Super Bowl and has had a great 2024 so far — is the musical guest at Anna Wintour’s Met Ball on Monday.

This is despite TikTok sponsoring the event. Usher’s music was pulled off of TikTok in February by Universal Music because the platform wasn’t paying for licenses.

Universal’s Taylor Swift may also attend.

Meanwhile, the Conde Nast Union is still threatening to strike the event on Monday over layoffs and no contract. Wintour is editorial director of Conde Nast, which includes Vogue.

Usher doesn’t come cheap and he’s not doing this for free. He has a residency in Las Vegas to offset anemic album sales. (He only sold 587,000 copes of his recent album.)

So add his expense to the other the Metropolitan Museum will have to pay so Wintour can stage her annual Halloween show.

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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