Taylor Swift took to social media on Thursday to once again call out her old label Big Machine and its new owner, Scooter Braun, saying that they’re preventing her from playing her own songs at the American Music Awards next week.
In a lengthy text post shared to Swift’s social media accounts, the pop star said Braun and Big Machine boss Scott Borchetta informed her that performing any of the songs from her first six albums would be taken as a violation of the label’s rights as the owner of Swift’s master recordings.
Borchetta and 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,” Swift wrote.
Swift surrendered ownership of her masters when she left Big Machine for a new deal at Republic Records ahead of her most-recent album. Braun took ownership of the recordings earlier this year upon the sale of Big Machine to Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings. Under the current arrangement, Swift is forbidden to re-record any of her old hits until Nov. 2020.
The pop star has publicly spoken out against the arrangement previously, writing in a July Tumblr post that she felt “sad and grossed out” about the sale of her recordings to Braun.
In addition to the AMAs later this month — where Swift is set to be awarded as the “Artist of the Decade” and was planning to perform a medley of her past hits — Swift said Braun and Borchetta are holding up another project as well.
“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,” she wrote on Thursday. “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.”
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She continued, “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.”
Swift first announced in an August interview with “CBS This Morning” that she plans to re-record her back catalogue of hits, ranging from her debut through her 2017 album “Reputation.” Her most recent album, “Lover,” was released last August via Republic and is not affected by the deal.
She called on her fans to make their opinions on her current situation heard, adding that she hopes some of Braun’s clients will also back her in this dispute.
“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,” Swift wrote. “The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”
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