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Taylor Swift escalates battle with ex-record label

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performs on stage during the gala of 2019 Alibaba 11.11 Global Shopping Festival at Mercedes-Benz Arena on November 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China
Taylor Swift performs during the gala of 2019 Alibaba 11.11 Global Shopping Festival in Shanghai, China. Photo: Zhang Hengwei/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

Taylor Swift still can't shake off the sale of her former record label, nor the private equity firm that enabled it.

Background: Ithaca, a media holding company led by Scooter Braun, in June acquired Big Machine, which had released all of Swift's albums up until that point.

Your brain on music

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Your heart leaps when the beat finally drops; your skin prickles when the violins swell.

What's happening: In new research, a team of computer scientists and psychologists at the University of Southern California tried to connect musical characteristics to listeners' unconscious responses.