Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato split from head coach, Scooter Braun

  • Written by Mark Savage
  • BBC Music Correspondent

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Ariana Grande has been with Scooter Braun her entire singing career

Scooter Braun, the music mogul who made headlines over a long-running dispute over Taylor Swift’s master recordings, is said to have been left by two of his biggest clients.

Colombian superstar J Balvin, who signed with the Browns in 2019, left in May and is now managed by Roc Nation.

But reports that Justin Bieber and Brown also broke up have been denied.

Brown is one of the world’s most successful music managers, with clients including David Guetta, The Black Eyed Peas, Ava Max, Carly Rae Jepsen and Quavo. according to their website.

He began his career as a teenager promoting gigs and events in Atlanta, before being signed to Def Jam Recordings.

But his big opportunity came in 2008, when he spotted a 12-year-old Bieber singing on YouTube and saw the star’s potential.

He tracked down the young man at his school, asked board members to put him in touch with Bieber’s mother, and signed him to a record label he set up with R&B superstar Usher.

Bieber quickly became one of pop music’s biggest stars, and Brown guided his career through many ups and downs, including a stint in 2013-2014 when the singer faced a string of arrests for vandalism, dangerous driving and assault.

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Ariana Grande signed with Brown in 2013, since she has released six albums, all but one of which have topped the US Billboard charts.

And after the Manchester bombing that killed 22 of her fans, Brown organized the One Love charity concert, which helped raise millions of pounds to support the families of the victims.

Grande hasn’t released an album since 2020’s Positions, and is currently working on the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked.

It is unclear if she will sever all ties with Brown outside the administration.

Demi Lovato began working with Braun in 2019, saying at the time: “Dreams have come true for me. I officially have a new manager. And not just any manager but the only Braun scooter.”

An unnamed source told Variety that their split was amicable. In fact, on Sunday, Brown posted a birthday message to Lovato on his Instagram story, calling her “one of the sweetest souls out there.”

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It is believed that Brown and Grande had a close working relationship

The boss is probably best known for his feud with Taylor Swift, which began in 2019 when he bought her former music label Big Machine for $300m (£227m) through his investment group Ithaca Holdings.

This meant that he took control of the master recordings of Swift’s first six albums, which she considered an aggressive act that “deprived me of my life’s work”.

The rapper has consistently sought to belittle Swift, first by interrupting her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Awards, then by recording a song in which he credited her fame, and then by placing a wax statue of her naked body in one of his music. videos.

Swift felt that Brown encouraged and endorsed this behavior. And the hurt was compounded by a photo with West and Bieber that was posted to Instagram with the caption, “What’s up Taylor?”

In response, it blocked requests to use her music in TV shows and movies, cutting off a vital source of income for Brown’s investment group. She then began re-recording all of her old material, reclaiming the albums and devaluing the originals.

Brown later sold the star’s catalog to another investment firm, Shamrock Holdings. A year later, he sold Ithaca Holdings to South Korean entertainment giant HYBE, which represents bands like BTS and NewJeans.

Brown is now CEO of HYBE America and earlier this year helped the company buy American hip-hop label Quality Control, whose businesses include Quavo, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty and City Girls.

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