Masters matter: Taylor Swift’s feud shows why ownership can be crucial to musicians

They may sound like an anachronism, something out of music’s history: With tape rolling, master recordings of musicians performing in studio are made and stowed away in the archives.  But as shown by Taylor Swift’s outrage over the sale of her former label Big Machine, and with it the rights to her catalogue, who actually owns these original recordings is still a ...

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Putin says fire-hit Russian submarine was nuclear-powered

Russian President Vladimir Putin disclosed on Thursday for the first time that a secret military submarine hit by a fatal fire three days ago was nuclear-powered, prompting Russia’s defence minister to assure him its reactor had been safely contained. Russian officials have faced accusations of trying to cover up the full details of the accident that killed 14 sailors as ...

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Make July Fourth great again? Trump accused of politicizing annual D.C. bash

For the first time in decades, a sitting president will be part of Washington, D.C.’s annual Fourth of July celebrations on the National Mall, marking a significant departure from the typically non-partisan event. The annual bash will still feature a parade, musical performances and a stunning fireworks display to mark Independence Day. But added to this year’s agenda will be ...

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Drowned migrant father and daughter mourned at El Salvador funeral

A man and his young daughter who drowned trying to cross into Texas were buried Monday, a week after a heartbreaking image of their bodies floating in the Rio Grande circled the globe. About 200 relatives and friends followed a hearse bearing the bodies of Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria inside La Bermeja municipal cemetery in southern ...

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