A public battle between Taylor Swift and music manager Scooter Braun escalated.
Swift claims Braun and Scott Borchetta, the head of her former music label, Big Machine Label Group, are pressuring her not to record “copycat versions” of her songs and to stop speaking about them publicly, and, in exchange “allow her” to use parts of her older catalog at the upcoming American Music Awards and in a Netflix documentary about her life.
Executives at Big Machine Label Group disputed Swift’s claims in a statement.
“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.”
They continued, “Big Machine’s confusion with her statement is that we have no legal right to stop this and have never tried.”
The spokeswoman for Swift maintains that her requests regarding the AMAs and Netflix projects were flatly denied by her former label, and Big Machine owes Swift nearly $8 million in unpaid royalties.
But the label claims Swift, in turn, owes them millions.
Braun gained control of Swift’s first six albums in an acquisition deal with Big Machine in June. At the time, Swift called the agreement her “worst case scenario.”
Braun and Borchetta say they have asked Taylor to sit down with them and try to work things out and make peace, but instead the singer threatened to seek support from fans.
In social media posts on Thursday, Swift appealed to her fans and other musicians to support her and help sway Braun and Borchetta.
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Swift’s close friend Selena Gomez, artists Halsey and Camila Cabello have come out in defence of Swift.