Taylor Swift has responded to a statement issued by her old record label, Big Machine Records, claiming that "her narrative does not exist".
If you haven't heard, Swift posed a statement on her social media, accusing Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of blocking her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards where she will be named Artist of the Decade. (See her post below.)
Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) responded to her statement with a post of their own, branding it "false information" and and that "at no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special".
However, fans and representatives for Swift were quick to point out that Swift wasn't claiming they were preventing her performing, but specially preventing her from performing anything from her old catalogue.
BMLG's statement addressed the music star directly: "Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist."
Swift, however, responded in 'swift' fashion with another statement from her representatives that includes what appears to be a segment of an email sent by BMLG on October 28: "Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects: The Netflix documentary and The Alibaba "Double Eleven" event."
Swift's statement added: "Please notice in Big Machine's statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post."
The statement also referred to BMLG's accusation that Swift owes them millions in royalties, claiming this is untrue: “Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them but, an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years.”
Taylor Swift has accused the head of her former record label and a prominent music industry figure of “exercising tyrannical control” over her career, in a row over her old music.
In an extraordinary statement, Swift alleged Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun are blocking her from performing a medley of her songs at the American Music Awards (AMAs), where she will be named artist of the decade later this month.
Borchetta founded Big Machine Label Group, which signed Swift as a teenager.
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Earlier this year it emerged Braun, who manages high-profile pop stars including Justin Bieber, had acquired Swift’s back catalogue.
At the time she said she was “sad” and “grossed out” at the move. Swift has now shared a statement on her social media accounts, saying the two men are preventing her from performing her old songs at the AMAs as it would constitute “re-recording them before I’m allowed to next year”.
Swift also announced Netflix has created a documentary about “my life for the past few years”.
Borchetta and Scooter have declined the use of her older music or performance footage for the project, she alleges.
Swift also claims Borchetta told her team they will allow her to use her music if she agrees not to re-record copycat versions of her songs next year and “stop talking” about him and Braun.
Swift said she is legally allowed to re-record her old songs and is “looking forward” to it.
The 29-year-old said: “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.”
Swift then asked her fans for “help”, by letting Braun and Borchetta “know how you feel about this”.
She said Braun “manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work”.
Swift added: “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 then named The Carlyle Group, saying they put up the money for the sale of her music.
Swift added: “I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately though 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.”
She finished the post by writing: “I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on.”
Pop star Halsey later backed Swift, saying her treatment is “punishment”.
Writing on Instagram, she said: “These people are protected because they inspire complicity with fear.
“Banking on the illusion that people will not stand up for her. That the world will say she is over reacting, You’re barking up the wrong tree.
“It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her Artist of the Decade.”
Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is 🙏🙏
Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 15, 2019
Supermodel Gigi Hadid also lent her support to Swift.
The 24-year-old tweeted: “Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is.
“Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!”
Selena Gomez and longtime friend of Swift's spoke out on her Instagram story pleading with Braun and BMLG to reconsider, saying: "