“I don’t know what else to do,” Taylor Swift said, with reference to Braun and Borchetta.
She posted a lengthy tirade against the CEO of her former record label and the man who purchased her music for $300 million. She said she is not being allowed to perform her old songs at the AMAs, where she is being honoured with Artist of the Decade.
She said, “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.”
She added that she also is not being allowed to use them in a documentary that Netflix is making about her life. Because of Braun and Borchetta’s legal pressure, her rights to use her own music have been limited.
She revealed, “Scott Bocchetta 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. The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”
Swift is adamant about speaking up, since she thinks her experience “could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate.”
“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,” she implored fans.
She also asked other artists to help her, including those managed by Scooter Braun “who I really believe care about other artists and their work.” She might have been referring to Ariana Grande, who spoke out in support of Swift when her music was signed over. She had to later delete her post since she is managed by Scooter Braun.
“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,” she said. “I’m especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.”
She concluded, “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,” Swift added. “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.”
Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have not replied so far.
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