Remember that whole Scooter Braun vs Taylor Swift row that erupted a few months back? Well it’s just boiled over again in a very big way after Taylor posted on Twitter revealing the latest ugly episode in the ongoing saga.
Taylor is due to be honoured with the Artist of the Decade Award at the American Music Awards to be held later this month.
Only, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, who currently own the rights to Taylor’s back catalogue, have declined her permission to perform any of her old songs before she re-records them next year.
According to Swift, they said they would allow her to do in on one condition — that she abandons plans to rerecord the catalog and also stops talking about Scooter Braun.
If this is true, it’s basically them denying Swift the rights to perform her own music if she is to gain more from it financially than Braun and Scooter’s Big Machine Music would.
Big Machine have hit back against Swift’s Twitter post, releasing a statement on their own website that said, “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.”
Big Machine go on to accuse Swift of “owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company and making “a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”
Swift’s fanbase is obviously much bigger than Big Machine’s and it wasn’t long after she posted on Tumblr and Twitter yesterday that #IStandWithTaylor began trending.
Swift’s star pals from Selena Gomez to Gigi Hadid to Camila Cabello to Lily Allen have all come out in her defence.
Not to mention her regular fans who are not going to take this lying down.
— #1 this town stan (@frmthstars) November 15, 2019
With this much star power behind her as well as literally millions of supporters all around the world, our money’s on Taylor to win this war.