Taylor Swift Claims Scooter Braun Won’t Let Her Perform Own Songs At AMAs
Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun are battling it out over her old music.
Big Machine, a company owned by Scooter Braun, bought all of her master tracks — minus the most recent Lover album songs.
On social media yesterday, Swift went on a rampage and directed followers to Braun’s company as a last effort to settle this ongoing battle over music rights that Taylor wants to remain her intellectual property.
According to the 29-year-old, she planned to use older tracks to demonstrate her transition over the past decade at the AMAs, where she is going to be presented with the Artist of the Decade Award; but she claims Scooter and Scott Borchetta from Big Machine won’t allow her to use the tracks they own.
In a reveal that she didn’t want to make during her social media plead, Netflix is making a documentary about Swift’s life, and she claims Braun and Borchetta are flat out refusing to allow her older music and performance footage to be used for the project.
Swift has publicly spoken about the fact in November 2020 she is legally allowed to rerecord her older music — basically a like-for-like copy of each and every song that Big Machine owns, but until then, she is unable to perform, rerecord or even use any of the tracks under their umbrella.
She wrote on social media, “Guys – It’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honouring me with the Artists of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borachetta 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 Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.
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.
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. 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.
Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. 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’m especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.
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 AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark.
I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on.”
As it stands, Big Machine Records aren’t responding to any emails or calls regarding the Swift situation.
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