The music industry can be a very treacherous place. There are many good people who work in the industry, but there are just as many leeches and manipulative people who will use and abuse an artist to get what they want. That isn't unique to the music industry, but it certainly is true.
Even the biggest pop stars are not immune to the treachery of the music business. In fact, some of the biggest pop stars and musical acts can be the biggest victims to this since the predators in the industry stand to gain more from taking advantage of a big star. One such example is Taylor Swift.
You might be surprised to find out that just because an artist wrote a song doesn't mean that they own the rights to that song. Shady deals with record companies can make even the most personal of music into nothing more than a commodity to be traded, which is what happened to Taylor Swift.
In a recent post, Taylor Swift told fans that she was "sad and grossed out" by recent news that Scooter Braun, who is Justin Beiber's Manager, now owns the music to her six albums. That's because he bought out Big Machine Records who were the previous owners of her music. Taylor Swift is not a fan of Scooter Braun, so this news stings more than if it were someone else.
Justin Bieber then posted a picture of him Facetiming with Scooter and a former nemesis of Swift, Kanye West. It would appear that the picture was a way for trolling Swift for being upset about the sale. Oddly, Justin Bieber quickly posted a follow-up picture of him and Taylor as teens with a caption apologizing for the post which he meant as a joke. If you recall Justin Bieber's twitter challenge to fight Tom Cruise, then you already know that Justin Bieber isn't very funny.
In Bieber's follow up pic, he posts the caption, "Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted (sic) of scooter and Kanye that said 'taylor swift what up.' He didn't have anything to do with it and it wasn't even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that."
Bieber goes on in the caption to defend Scooter Braun, saying, "Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you! As the years have passed we haven't crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn't fair."
This might seem like a couple of bratty pop stars complaining about trivial issues when they are already rich, but according to Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun is manipulative. If you don't take Taylor's word for it, it seems that other stars are on Swift's side. Stars such as Adele, gwen Stefani, Rihanni, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minja all unfollowed Scooter Braun, and Halsey and Katy Perry went online to publicly call out Scooter Braun for his dirty tricks.
No matter who you side with, it is perplexing that an artist can write songs that are later not considered theirs. It's a testament to the importance of only signing contracts you agree with, but many young artists don't have the luxury of making demands when making record deals. For now, Taylor Swift will have to live with the fact that her music is not her own.
Celebrities are no strangers to changing their looks for a role. And in some instances, they have to get pretty extreme. From 500-calorie-a-day diets to drinking pints of ice cream, Actors and actresses know what it takes to change their bodies in preparation for a new film.
Charlize Theron is no stranger to gaining and losing weight for movie roles, as we remember her transformation in Monster. Charlize Theron gained close to 50 pounds for her role as Marlo in Tully. Theron said that “for the first time in my life I was eating so much processed foods and I drank way too much sugar. … I remember having to set my alarm in the middle of the night in order to just maintain the weight.”
You’re used Chris Hemsworth's hulk-like figure in Thor, but In the Heart of the Sea required a totally different diet. The movie required the cast members lose a ton of weight to make their stuck-at-sea plight more believable. Chris Hemsworth said there were days when all he ate was one boiled egg, a couple of crackers, and a celery stick.
Anne Hathaway wanted to get serious for her role in Les Misérables, as she was playing Fantine, a starving prostitute with tuberculosis. So Anne Hathaway went on a diet of “rabbit food” to drop 25 pounds. Hathaway explained her diet was essentially just starving herself, but she didn’t want to give details, as she doesn’t want to encourage anyone to copy her emaciated look. She did note that she “just had to stop eating for a total of 13 days shooting,” however. And at one point, her bones became so frail that she reportedly broke her arm.
Matthew McConaughey's portrayal of Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, a man with HIV/AIDS, was spot-on, earning him the title of best actor at the Oscars. But it also required a serious physical transformation. Matthew McConaughey said he lost 38 pounds for the role. During filming, he said he lost a lot of energy from eating so little — and he hit plenty of plateaus along the way. Finally, with a strict diet, he got down to 143 pounds. And while he did cardio to help with the weight loss, he said it was 90% what he was eating and portion size.
Hilary Swank had to put on 23 pounds of pure muscle for her role as a boxer in Million Dollar Baby. The process doesn’t sound easy, however. “I started working out five hours a day — I had to eat 210 grams of protein a day,” Swank said. She also mentioned that she had to consume 60 egg whites per day, and when that proved too difficult, she had to drink them. And to keep the muscle on, she would get up and drink protein shakes in the middle of the night.