Taylor Swift’s ongoing conflict with music manager Scooter Braun first came out a few months ago. Swift went public with her discontent over Braun’s acquisition of her former music label, Big Machine Label Group, as he was taking control of her old catalog. It seemed like things had been settled with her decision to re-record all of her old songs in order to regain control of them but a recent development shows this isn’t so.
The pop singer took to Twitter this Thursday to talk about how she was being barred from performing her old music at the upcoming American Music Awards. “Guys – It’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” she explains. “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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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Swift then reveals that her music is also being withheld from use in a Netflix documentary of her life: “Additionally – and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news – Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years. Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”
“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 divulges.
She takes a stance, saying “I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate. The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”
“This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans,” she continues.
Swift then inserts a call for help, asking her fans to reach out to Borchetta, Braun, any of the artists they manage, or even the Carlyle Group. She requests them to let these people “know how you feel about this.”
“I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything. Right now my performance at the AMA’s, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until 2020 are a question mark. I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on,” she concludes.
Once dropping this bombshell online, Taylor quickly became a hot topic. #IStandWithTaylor is currently trending worldwide, with fans and celebrities alike pledging their support for her.
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