Taylor Swift, on Thursday, Nov. 14, has stormed to twitter to express her anger in accusing Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of preventing her to perform her older music at the American Music Awards – AMA.
On Swift’s twitter, she mentions she will be honored with the Artist of the Decade award at this year’s AMA. While she wanted to perform older music, Braun and Borchetta allegedly stated she is not allowed to perform her old songs on television, as they claim it would be re-recording her music, before she is allowed to do so next year.
According to Swift, Netflix created a documentary about her life, and both Braun and Borchetta allegedly declined the use of her older music or performances for the documentary.
Swift mentioned that Borchetta would only allow her to use her music if she agrees not to re-record copycat versions of her songs next year, which Swift claims she is legally allowed to do, and that she is not allowed to talk about Borchetta and Braun.
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
“This is WRONG,” Swift writes. “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.”
Swift then asked her twitter followers to let Borchetta and Braun how they feel about the entire situation.
Earlier this year, Swift resorted to social media to express her displeasure with Braun buying Big Machine Records for $300 million, which automatically gives him rights to her first 6 albums. Swift later stated in a Tumblr post that Braun is a “bully”.
Braun’s wife, Yael Cohen, replied to Swift through an Instagram post in support of her husband.
“You were given the opportunity to own your masters, you passed,” Cohen said. “Interesting that the man you’re so ‘grossed out’ by, believed in you more than you believe in yourself.”
Other musicians responded in support to Swifts accusations of Braun.
“I left Scooter Braun a long time ago…I am saddened by this news,” Todrick Hall said. “He is an evil person who’s only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego.”
Swifts recent post on twitter has accumulated over 300,000 likes and 115,000 retweets.
“I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music,” Swift writes. “I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team, but have not been able to resolve anything.”
Read Swift’s Full Statement:
“Guys- It’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring 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. 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 AMA’s, 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.