- By Mark Savage
- BBC Music Correspondent
Scooter Braun, who made headlines in a long-running dispute over Taylor Swift’s master recordings, has reportedly been dropped by two of his biggest clients.
Colombian star J Balvin, who signed with Brown in 2019, left in May and is now managed by Roc Nation.
But reports that Justin Bieber has also split from Brown have been denied.
Brown is one of the most successful music managers in the world, with clients including David Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, Ava Max, Carly Rae Jepsen and Quavo. According to his website.
He began his career as a teenager promoting parties and events in Atlanta before being signed to Def Jam Records.
But in 2008, he got his big break when he saw 12-year-old Piper singing on YouTube and saw star potential.
He tracked the youngster through his school, asked crew members to put him in touch with Bieber’s mother, and signed him to the record label he formed with R&B star Usher.
Bieber quickly became one of pop’s biggest stars and navigated his career through many ups and downs, including a period in 2013-14 when the singer faced multiple arrests for vandalism, dangerous driving and assault.
Eventually, the singer was helped to restore his image by organizing a Comedy Central “roast” that showcased his modesty, transforming him from teen idol to adult star with several singles including Sorry and Love Yourself.
Ariana Grande signed with Brown in 2013 and has released six albums, all but one of which topped the US Billboard charts.
After the Manchester bombings, which claimed the lives of 22 of his fans, Brown organized the One Love benefit concert, which helped raise millions of pounds to support the victims’ families.
Grande hasn’t released an album since 2020’s Positions and is currently working on the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked.
It’s unclear whether he’s cutting all ties to Brown outside of the administration.
Demi Lovato began working with Brown in 2019, saying: “My dreams have come true. I officially have a new manager. Not just any manager, but the one and only Scooter Braun.”
An unnamed source told Variety Their split was amicable. In fact, on Sunday, Brown posted a birthday message to Lovato on her Instagram story, calling her “one of the kindest souls out there.”
The manager is best known for his feud with Taylor Swift, which began in 2019 when he bought her former record label Big Machine for $300 million (£227m) through his investment group Ithaca Holdings.
That means he gained control over the master recordings of Swift’s first six albums, which he saw as an act of aggression that “took away my life’s work.”
His animosity appears to have been fueled in part by Brown’s relationship with Kanye West, whom he managed for two and a half years starting in 2015.
The rapper continued to try to belittle Swift by interrupting her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Awards, recording the song she became famous for, and then putting a wax sculpture of her naked body into his music. videos.
Swift felt that Brown encouraged and approved of this behavior; Also on Instagram “What up Taylor?” He added insult to injury by posing for a photo with West and Bieber in the caption.
In response, he blocked requests to use his music in TV shows and movies—cutting off a major source of income for Brown’s investment group. He then began re-recording his old material, reclaiming the rights to the albums and devaluing the originals.
Brown later sold Star’s listing to another investment firm, Shamrock Holdings. A year later, he sold Ithaca Holdings to South Korean entertainment company HYBE, which represents acts such as BTS and NewJeans.
Brown is now CEO of HYBE America and earlier this year helped the company buy US hip-hop label Quality Control, whose acts include Quavo, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty and City Girls.