Taylor Swift has been dealt another blow over the sale of her masters – new owner Scooter Braun has reportedly banned her from performing her old hits on TV.
Now the record label is responding to her statement.
“As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. 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. 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. 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.”
–Big Machine Label Group
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The Lover singer took to Twitter on Thursday (14Nov19) to alert fans to the latest development in her war with music mogul Braun and her former record label boss Scott Borchetta, who sold him the rights to her first six albums earlier this year (19).
She claims the pair has blocked her from performing her old songs at the 2019 American Music Awards, where she will receive the Artist of the Decade honor, later this month.
“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” she writes. “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.
“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 (former label) Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”
Taylor reveals Borchetta has told her management team that he and Braun will only allow her to use the music they now own if she agrees “to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year” and “stop talking about him and Scooter Braun”.
Swift has made it clear she does intend to re-record her hits and own the new versions, and she has been very open about her feelings for Braun and Borchetta, calling their new deal her “worst case scenario”.
“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,” she tweets. “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. So this is where I’m asking for your help.”
Swift then urges her army of devotees to “let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this”, adding, “Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work. Please ask them for help with this – I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.
“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 November of 2020 are a question mark.”
– Cover Media0