When it comes to what Taylor Swift has accused it off, Big Machine Records is not about to shake it off.
Not. By. A. Long. Shot.
Led by executives Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, the company has fired back at Swift’s allegations that it is preventing her from singing a medley of her biggest hits at this year’s American Music Awards.
The entire ordeal here is rather complicated; it forces one to get deep into the weeds of the music industry, but it basically boils down to the following:
- Several weeks ago, Braun and Borchetta’s organization purchased Swift’s former record label.
- As a result, they now own the entire catalog of music on Taylor’s six studio albums.
- Swift positively blasted Braun back when the sale went through, arguing that it’s unfair and ridiculous that she no longer has any control over her own recordings.
Is this a standard business deal and Swift is just playing the victim?
Or has she actually been wronged?
It’s hard for any outsider to say.
But Swift ratcheted up her feud with Braun and company on Thursday when she issued a lengthy statement about how the new label was actually banning her from even performing her singles on stage at the aforementioned ceremony.
Said Swift as part of her Tweet storm yesterday:
“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.”
Swift went on to say Braun isn’t allowing her to use songs for any footage featured in an upcoming Netflix documentary either.
You can read all of Swift’s allegations in the screen shots above and below.
And now you can also read the response to them from Braun and Borchetta.
“As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her Tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special,” Big Machine Label Group said on Friday.
Continued this retort:
“In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere.
“Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record [Lover] in which we do not financially participate.”
Big Machine’s statement went on to accuse Swift of “contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career.”
TMZ had previously reported that Swift owes the company $7 million.
The company also claims to have been trying to meet with Swift in order to arrive at some sort of resolution, but, instead…
“Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”
The statement concluded:
Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation.
When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side. To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted.
Rumors fester in the absence of communication. Let’s not have that continue here.
We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve.
UPDATE: Swift has now released a new statement to fire back at this new statement from the record label.
“Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post,” this message reads, referring to Taylor’s Netflix and America Music Awards-related accusations.
The statement concluded by denying claims made by Big Machine Records earlier in the day that Swift owes “millions of dollars and multiple assets” to the company.
“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 year.”
You can read the whole thing here:
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