Things just got even more contentious between Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta. On Thursday, the Grammy-winning singer gave a heartbreaking update to fans accusing the manager and her former label head of banning her from playing any of her old music at any recorded event — including the American Music Awards later this month, where Swift is being honored with the Artist of the Decade Award.
Swift took to social media Thursday evening to share a Tumblr post informing fans of the latest development in her ongoing struggle with Borchetta and Braun. She started by addressing the AMAs and how, as of right now, she’s unsure what might happen. “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,” Swift shared.
She went on to explain that Borchetta allegedly told her team he would allow her to play her older songs at the AMAs and other events under two conditions: if she agrees not to re-record copycat versions of her songs next year, and if she stops talking about Borchetta and Braun.
Swift isn’t backing down, though. As she pointed out, re-recording copycat versions of her songs is totally legal and something she is “looking forward to.” As for discussing the ongoing drama, Swift has no intention of being silenced. “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.”
Sadly, Borchetta and Braun’s purported stranglehold on Swift’s body of work extends beyond the AMAs. She revealed in her post that Netflix has been making a documentary of her life, but Borchetta and Braun refuse to sign off on any of her older music or performance footage being used — “even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”
According to Swift, the situation is both unfair and unjust. “Neither of these men had a hand in writing those songs,” she wrote. “They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans.”
With that, Swift put out a plea to her fans: help.
She urged her followers to reach out to Borchetta and Braun with any feelings they may have about the situation. Swift also pointed out that Braun manages several other artists who may be more receptive to hearing from Swift’s fans. Unless something changes, Swift lamented, her “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.”
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