The feud between Taylor Swift and her former record label and it’s new owner, Scooter Braun, continues. Just when we thought the things were simmering down, Taylor enlisted her army of fans to help her win a new battle.
According to Taylor’s post on Tumblr, Taylor alleges that her former record label Pres. Scott Borchetta and the label’s new owner and manager to Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun, are preventing her from performing all her old music on the upcoming American Music Awards, during a tribute to the star. The pair are also allegedly blocking Taylor from using her past music in a Netflix documentary on her life.
” I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” Taylor wrote. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”
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“Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun,” she wrote in a post titled “Don’t know what else to do” on her Tumblr page. “The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”
She went on to share how wrong that is and asked her fans to let Scott and Scooter how the fans feel about the situation. That didn’t sit well with Big Machine records and they issued their own statement, following Taylor’s post.
“As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information,” the label posted on its website. “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.”
“The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career,’ the post continues. “We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward. We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved. However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”
The label then goes on to address Taylor directly.
“Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation. When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side. To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted. Rumors fester in the absence of communication. Let’s not have that continue here. We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve.”
The ball is back in Taylor’s court.