How Taylor Swift and her master recordings play into the Virginia race for governor

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is betting that Taylor Swift fans can help prevent his state from turning red.

The Democrat, who is running for the seat again on Nov. 2, has a new five-figure ad buy that connects his opponent, Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, to Swift’s bitter battle to gain control over the master recordings of her first six albums, including FearlessRed and 1989. Youngkin is the former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, which financially backed the 2019 sale of Swift’s masters to Ithaca Holdings, an umbrella company owned at the time by music manager Scooter Braun. Swift’s masters have since been sold again.


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