Just when you thought it was safe to get back into music, another party is heard from in regards to the Taylor Swift, Scott Borchetta, Scooter Braun controversy.
For those not in the know, Scooter Braun, manager to stars like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, purchased Taylor’s former record label Big Machine Records from Scott Borchetta for $300 million. This deal made Scooter the owner of Taylor’s master recordings from her first song up until her last album, Reputation. Taylor Swift was not happy and shared her not so flattering opinion about Scooter and the sale on a Tumblr post.
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“I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years,” she wrote. “Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it. Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.”
Then Justin Bieber publicly spoke out defending his manager.
“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. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and i love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..”
Then Scott Borchetta spoke out, defending himself and the sale and a bunch of celebrities jumped in taking sides and here we are.
“Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor at 9:06pm, Saturday, June 29th to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of Sunday, June 30th so he could hear it directly from me. While he says that it is possible that she didn’t see his text, he writes, “I truly doubt that she ‘woke up to the news when everyone else did.’”
The latest to join the he said/she said controversy is Taylor’s lawyer, Donald Passman, released a statement denying that Taylor had a change to buy back her masters. That’s basically what Taylor wanted, was the opportunity to buy back her masters so she could own her own work.
“Scott Borchetta never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others,” the statement read.
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Scott has stated that if Taylor resigned with the label, she would be able to get her masters back. But what’s unclear in all is is if Taylor could have paid money to get her masters back without re-signing with the label, something she obviously didn’t want to do. Taylor recently signed with Universal Music Group, where she is in control of her music.
“Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create,” Taylor wrote. “Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.”
Her new album, Lover—featuring songs “Me” and “You Need to Calm Down”—and her first with UMG will be released on Aug. 23.