Controversial music mogul Scooter Braun has made his first public statement after a mass exodus of his A-list clients.
Amid the reports, he hopped on Twitter and wrote, “Breaking news… I’m no longer managing myself.”
When Lovato’s departure was reported yesterday, sources rumbled Grande was also set to leave Braun, however nothing was confirmed until today.
A source has now confirmed to People that the Thank U Next singer, 30, has parted ways with Braun, 42, following a 10-year working relationship.
“All of Scooter Braun’s clients are under contract and negotiations have been going on for several months as Scooter steps into his larger role as HYBE America CEO,” the source revealed about Grande and Braun’s professional split.
“People are spreading rumours based on what they know, but they are off. Scooter’s team at SB Projects are still handling both Justin [Bieber] and Ariana as they work through what this new structure looks like.”
Grande signed with Braun through his SB Projects company back in her Nickelodeon era, just before she dropped her 2013 debut record: Yours Truly.
He’s since managed the Wicked star all of her subsequent record releases including My Everything, Dangerous Woman, Sweetener, Thank U, Next and Positions.
In 2019, Braun reportedly forced Grande to include the song ghostin’ on her album. The song was a highly personal track detailing her journey of grief after her ex, Mac Miller died. According to Grande she and Braun disagreed on whether the song should appear on her Thank U, Next record.
During her 2019 appearance on the Zach Sang Show, Grande said: “It was a lot. It was too much, actually. I was literally begging Scooter to take it off. And he was like: ‘You’re thinking too hard now. This is special and you should share it with everybody.'”
That same year, Grande reportedly fired him temporarily. “He definitely gets involved in his clients’ business and personal relationships,” one source said.
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“At one point, Ariana fired him because she had had it.” They resumed their professional relationship six months later.
Braun has also now reportedly lost Idina Menzel, who is best known as the voice of Elsa in Frozen as well as portraying Elphaba in the original Wicked production on Broadway.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source close to the Tony Award-winning star revealed she had parted ways with the talent manager in January, four years after initially signing with him.
Braun is, however, best and most infamously known as the man who bought Taylor Swift‘s masters out from under her which included her first six records.
The Lavender Haze singer took to her Tumblr blog to share the news Braun – a man she describes as a bully – bought her music back catalogue for reportedly US$300 million.
Braun’s move to purchase Swift’s masters forced her to re-record her first six records, Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation with the added phrase ‘Taylor’s Version’ – signifying that she owns that version of the record.
Swift’s rereleases of Fearless, Speak Now and Red have all reportedly outsold and out-streamed the original records – some of which had been released over a decade ago.