Megastar Taylor Swift has been fighting with music executives Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta ever since her original recordings, or masters, were sold to Scooter last year without her knowledge. He now owns all of the original versions of her extensive music catalogue, and she plans to rerecord them next year when she’s legally allowed to.
However, the ongoing battle just got a whole lot worse. Taylor took to social media to share that she is now banned from performing her own music, as this would technically be rerecording her old songs, thus breaking her contract. And, although Taylor is being recognised as the Artist of The Decade at the American Music Awards, she won’t actually be able to perform on the night. She also revealed that a Netflix documentary about her life is in the works, and she is now being told that the use of her own music in the film is prohibited. The whole thing is completely bonkers.
Taylor shared a lengthy statement on social media where she was completely honest with her fans about what is going on behind the scenes. “I just want to be able to perform my own music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately though my team but have not been able to resolve anything”. Taylor then asks for her fans to stand with her, saying “Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this… Talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote”.
Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is
Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 15, 2019
The call for her fans to reach out to Scott and Scooter prompted her old label, Big Machine Records, to speak out, saying she ‘enlisted her fan base in a calculated manner’ knowing that they’d harass the executives and employees of the label. Justin Bieber, who is also managed by Scooter, spoke out about her decision to involve fans and said “For you to take it to social media and get people to hate on Scooter isn’t fair. You knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully Scooter”. Honestly, we’d have to agree with that one.
The label has since fired back with their own statement, in which they claim they were shocked to see her share “false information”, and went on to explain that “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we don’t have the rights to keep her from preforming live anywhere”. They then spilled the tea and revealed Taylor owes the company millions of dollars and multiple assets.
Taylor claims standing up for herself in a male-dominated industry is difficult for a woman, as male executives want her to ‘be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished’. Yikes. Thankfully, Taylor isn’t afraid to speak up, and being arguably one of the most powerful musicians of our time, with an army of fans and celebrities supporting her, we’d say she’ll come out of this one the victor. After all, Taylor is no stranger to controversy and always comes back stronger than ever.
The whole argument is turning into a battle of he-said-she-said and TBH we don’t know who to believe. We’ll just have to tune in to the AMA’s to find out whether Taylor will be performing her hits or not.