The timing of Taylor Swift’s outbursts have never been great. Here we go again…
Swift has slammed her former label’s alleged plans to release an album of her live performances as “tasteless”. On Friday morning (AEST time), the “Lover” singer posted an Instagram story reigniting her feud with Big Machine Records who reportedly intend to release an collection of tracks today.
“I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an ‘album’ of live performances of mine tonight,” her message began. “This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18.”
The 30-year-old said the label is making out as though she recorded the performances in 2017. “I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me,” she continued. “It looks to me like [label owner] Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realised that paying $330 million for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money.
“In my opinion… just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.”
Braun etc purchased the label – that included the masters to Swift’s catalogue – for $300 million (AUD $472 million), according to Billboard. Swift then claimed the label were attempting to block her from performing her own music at 2019’s American Music Awards (where she was set to receive Artist Of The Decade) and use her own music in the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Miss Americana.
Another Swift feud to rear its less-than-welcome head during this pandemic period is the one with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. You can catch up here if you are so interested.
While I’m all for calling out unkind, dishonest people, sometimes it’s really not the time. The world is crumbling.