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Dua Lipa ‘always wanted’ to buy back music publishing rights

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Dua Lipa “always wanted” to regain control of the publishing rights to her music.

While speaking to Audacy Check In for an interview published on Thursday, the Levitating singer discussed buying back the publishing rights to her music catalogue.

“I think it’s just something I’ve always wanted – to be in control of my own music,” Dua told host Bru. “And I think all young artists should really understand the business behind music, especially in the beginning – I think it’s incredibly important. And so, to be able to have all the rights back to my songs feels really good.”

She added, “It’s my life’s work, so it’s good to be the person to say what happens with it.”

When asked whether she was inspired by Taylor Swift regaining control of her music, the singer noted the differences between their two situations.

“I think what had happened to Taylor obviously was something that completely started getting people to understand that they should have a lawyer, and understand the business of music, for sure,” the 28-year-old said. “I think owning your publishing was just something that I really wanted to have.”

She continued, “I think a lot of artists go, like, independent, or do their own thing… I just wanted to have my whole catalogue under my own company, which is something I started this year, which is like, publishing, and a production company.

“I just wanted to have everything under one umbrella. It just felt like a new chapter!”

TaP Music Publishing announced on 2 November that they had sold Dua back her publishing rights. The three-time Grammy winner signed with TaP Management in 2013 and parted ways with the company in 2022.

– Cover Media