Taylor Swift Slams 'Bully' Scooter Braun After He Acquires Her Music
Celebrity music manager Scooter Braun, who represents both Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, will soon own Taylor Swift's entire music catalogue -- and she's not happy about it.
Basically, Braun purchased Swift's old label, Big Machine Label, in a blockbuster $300-million-plus deal which would see him own the rights to the singer's most recent six albums.
Upon hearing the news, the 29-year-old vented her frustrations over Tumblr, explaining that she was "sad and grossed out" over the business move, as well as insinuating that Braun was responsible for much of the drama referenced in her previous album 'Reputation'.
“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums," she wrote in a lengthy post.
"Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years."
The "Me!" songstress then took aim at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West over the whole "Famous" drama, in which Kim released a recorded phone call between Kanye and Taylor where she seemingly approved of her inclusion in the rapper's track.
"Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it. (See photo)," she wrote. "Or when his client, Kanye West, organised a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked."
Swift attached an image of Justin Bieber's 2016 Instagram post which shows him FaceTiming Braun and Kanye. Bieber captioned the pic, "Taylor swift what up." Bieber later deleted the caption.
She continued, "Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it."
"This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it."
She wrapped up the post by telling fans that her new album 'Lover' -- which Braun does not own the rights for -- will be out August 23.
She concluded with, "Sad and grossed out, [broken heart] Taylor."
Fans of the star have taken to social media to vent their fury over the situation with one user writing, "Sorry, but it’s TAYLORS music, TAYLOR wrote her music, TAYLOR worked her ass off for years, TAYLOR is successful because of TAYLOR..at least give her the chance to own the rights to her own music".
Fellow artists have since voiced their support for Taylor, including Halsey, who wrote her own post supporting the star, as well as Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Adele, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry, who have reportedly unfriended Scooter on social media.
Scooter has yet to comment on the drama.