Probably the most celebrated singer of this era, Taylor Swift’s fame and aura is second to none. However, Swift’s fortune has once again dragged her in an uphill public feud, this time with her former music manager Scooter Braun.
As per Taylor Swift’s claims, Braun and Scott Borchetta, the head of her former music label – Big Machine Label Group, are pushing her not to record “copycat versions” of her songs.
In addition, Taylor has also been asked not to speak about them publically, and, in favor “allow her” to use parts of older catalog at the forthcoming America Music Awards (AMAs) and in a Netflix documentary about her life.
However, the claims have been denied by an executive at Big Machine Label Group. In the company’s defense, he said: “Taylor Swift can 100% perform all of her catalog, past and present, on the AMAs. Big Machine has no issue with her performance going out on the live broadcast, because it recognizes it doesn’t have the right to block her.”
“Big Machine’s confusion with her statement is that we have no legal right to stop this and have never tried,” the executive added as a sign of further clarification.
Yet the spokeswoman for Taylor Swift stood by the same notion and said that the superstar’s requests regarding the AMAs and Netflix projects were sidelined by her former label. She also claimed that they owe Swift nearly $8 million in unpaid royalties, while the American label claimed the case was otherwise and they were instead owed millions.
Lately, a source close to Braun and Borchetta said that they “have extended an olive branch to Taylor, asking her to sit down with them and try to work things out and make peace.” The source added that Swift had declined the invitation and threatened to seek support from her fan base.
The possible solution to the chaos still looks pretty much out of ranks, and has also started to draw in other celebrities.
Swift’s longtime friend, Selena Gomez wrote in an Instagram story, “My heart is so heavy right now. It makes me sick and extremely angry. (I don’t mind if there may be retaliation) this is my opinion. It’s greed, manipulation and power. There is no heart or thought of anyone else’s. No respect for the words my friend has written since she was a 14-year-old in her bedroom. You’ve robbed and crushed one of our best song writers of our time an opportunity to celebrate all of her music with fans and the world.”
Meanwhile, Justin Bieber supported Big Machine and defended the label on basis of claims that they won’t stop Taylor from playing songs from her old catalogue. The Baby singer shared a TMZ article with the headline “Taylor Swift Free to Play All Her Hits During AMAs…Big Machine Can’t Stop Her” in his Instagram stories.
Braun took over control of Swift’s first six albums in an acquisition with Big Machine in June, with latter describing the event as her “worst case scenario”.