Taylor Swift Slams Scooter Braun And Scott Borchetta Over Ongoing Music Battle
Ahead of her performance at the 2019 American Music Awards, Taylor Swift has revealed that Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta are blocking her from performing her old songs.
Taylor Swift has blasted Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta in a scathing post to social media on Thursday, claiming that the pair won't let her perform her old hits at the 2019 AMAs, where she is set to receive the Artist of the Decade Award during the ceremony.
In a post entitled "don't know what else to do," Swift wrote a lengthy note about her ongoing battle with the duo, who she has been butting heads with since June when Braun acquired Big Machine Records, the label under which Swift released her first six award-winning albums.
"Guys - It's been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honouring me with the Artist 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 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."
"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," Swift continued.
"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."
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."
"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," Swift told her fans. "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."
Meanwhile, Swift's notoriously dedicated fans have quickly come to the defence of the star, with one Twitter user writing, "All those tears, blisters, sleepless nights, endless notebooks were all because of @taylorswift13, these songs came from her heart, no one else’s."
"No one else should ever have control over stories that once were dark moments in life and were then turned into music to help others."
Another added, "Taylor Swift literally worked her ass off to get where she is today. it was her talent. her songs. her story. the fact that slimy men think that they have the right to take that from her sickens me. truly evil #IStandWithTaylor".
Back in June, the singer revealed the news that Braun had purchased the record company in which her first six albums were released -- and effectively acquired her entire back catalogue of music.
"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," Swift explained at the time.
"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."
The 2019 American Music Awards kick off on the 25th of November.