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Taylor Swift Says She Will Re-Record Old Songs Following Ownership Dispute

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Taylor Swift has announced she will re-record her old songs in an effort to regain control of her back catalog.

“That’s true and it’s something that I’m very excited about doing,” Swift said Thursday when asked about her plans to rerecord some of her music on ABC’s Good Morning America. “My contract says that starting November 2020—so next year—I can record albums one through five all over again.”

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— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 22, 2019

Swift appeared on GMA ahead of the release on Friday of her new album, Lover.

“One thing that’s really special to me about this album is that it is the first one that I will own, of my work,” she said to raucous cheers.

Swift’s struggle over owning her music turned into a public feud with the music manager Scooter Braun in late June, when the singer’s back catalog was included in the sale of the record Label, Big Machine Label Group, to Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings for $300 million. The catalog has Swift’s masters, which are the recordings of a song from which later copies are made, from her first six albums.

In a Tumblr post following the sale, Swift, who left Big Machine for Universal Music Group’s Republic Records, wrote that she had “pleaded for a chance to own my own work” for years. Big Machine, she said, offered her the chance to “‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in.” Scott Borchetta, the original owner of Big Machine, has said he previously offered Swift a deal that would include her owning her music.

Now, it appears Swift will gain back control of the catalog by heading back to the recording studio, though it is unclear what the process of rerecording old music looks like. “I’m very excited about it because I think that artists deserve to own their work,” she said.

Brazilian minister booed at climate event as outcry grows over Amazon fires

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Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit

The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism.

Videos of Ricardo Salles being booed by demonstrators as he took to the stage at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in the north-eastern city of Salvador circulated widely in Brazil. An opposition senator is planning to seek his impeachment at Brazil’s supreme court.

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Louis Theroux: I backed accusers of Michael Jackson due to my time with Savile

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Film-maker says he defended singer’s accusers, driven by his ‘boost’ to Jimmy Savile’s image before sex abuse confirmed

The film-maker Louis Theroux said he felt obliged to support individuals who had accused Michael Jackson of being a paedophile, partly because his own programmes had helped to “rehabilitate” Jimmy Savile’s public image.

In March Theroux accused Jackson’s fans of being “wilfully blind” after they denied detailed claims made in the Channel 4 documentary entitled Leaving Neverland that the singer was a child abuser.

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UK rail line becomes first in world to be powered by a solar farm

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Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route paves the way for solar-powered trains

The world’s first solar farm to directly power a railway line will plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains.

About 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route.

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The Friends Gang Almost Included an Older Friend to Be There for ‘More Mature’ Viewers

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With just a month to go until the 25th anniversary of the Friends premiere, fans are gearing up to celebrate a quarter century of kicking it with the Central Perk gang. For viewers, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer) are a group they couldn’t imagine any differently. But if NBC had gotten its way when the show was still getting off the ground, there apparently could have been a much older friend in the mix.

In his new book Generation Friends, author Saul Austerlitz chronicles how NBC asked showrunners Marta Kauffman and David Crane to add an older secondary character to Friends Like Us — as Friends was still called at the time — in order to attract “more mature” viewers who might not relate to a group of 20-somethings. Although they weren’t particularly enthused by the idea, Kauffman and Crane went through with writing a character they referred to as “Pat the Cop” into a script.

But as Friends fans likely know, Pat the Cop never ended up making an appearance.

“The writers made a good-faith attempt, even casting the role, but hated the resulting script so much that they pleaded with NBC to drop the idea,” Austerlitz wrote. “If only NBC would kill Pat the Cop, they promised, they would give their six protagonists parents in notable supporting roles, and find older guest stars to attract a more mature audience. NBC gave its permission, and Pat the Cop was no longer.”

If nothing else, at least we have Pat the Cop to thank for Judy (Christina Pickles) and Jack Geller (Elliott Gould).

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