Taylor Swift refuses to shake off her feud with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta.
The “You Need to Calm Down” singer wrote a lengthy post on Tumblr Thursday, accusing the two men of preventing her from performing her past hits on the upcoming American Music Awards — where she will be honored with the Artist of the Decade Award. She is also alleging that they have blocked her from using her old tunes in a Netflix documentary about her life and career.
“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. 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,” the 29-year-old wrote.
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.”
In June of this year, Braun — who manages artists like Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato — acquired Swift’s music cataloge through the purchase of the Borchetta-founded Big Machine Label. The deal, however, did not include songs from her latest album, “Lover,” released in August by Republic Records.
The songstress has urged her legions of fans to contact Borchetta and Braun, as well as some of the musical acts who Scooter represents.
Read the note in its entirety (below):
After Swift’s scathing note went viral, her friend Selena Gomez wrote her own message to express solidarity with Taylor. She posted on Instagram Story:
Now, Big Machine is firing back at Swift’s claims.
In a statement published on its website on Friday, the music company called out what it characterizes as her “false information.”
"As Taylor Swift's partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information," the statement read. "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."
It continued, “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.”
The record label even claimed Taylor’s Tumblr note “greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”
"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,” the statement went on to say. “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."