Taylor Swift is in some serious beef with Scooter Braun, and definitely, everyone is taking sides. The talent manager just purchased Big Machine (the singer’s old label) for $300 million, and with it acquired Taylor’s music catalog.
Taking to Tumblr, Taylor expressed her feelings on the Scooter situation, claiming that with the manager is the worst place her music could have ended up. She went on to admit that ever since she got wind of the Big Machine purchase, her life has been a nightmare.
Immediately after Taylor “attacked” Scooter online, Justin Bieber, who the manager has worked with for over a decade, came to his defense. He was soon joined by a host of other celebrities in backing Scooter, including Demi Lovato.
Fortunately, Taylor wasn’t bracing this fight alone. Among those who came out early to strongly support her were Halsey, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Camilla Cabello. They were rallying behind the message that each artist should have the all-important opportunity to own their craft.
It’s all girl power on Taylor’s side, no? Kelly Clarkson, joining the party, took to Twitter to offer Taylor some sound advice. Clarkson was of the idea that the 29-year-old should re-record the songs that she doesn’t own the rights to in the exact same fashion as she did the first time, the only difference being how she’d package them.
According to Clarkson, promoting the music under a new form of art would differentiate it from the original versions, and coupled with an incentive, fans would undoubtedly go for the new releases. Knowing Swifties, they wouldn’t let Taylor down if she decided to go down this road.
Being a Swiftie herself, Clarkson said that she would be among the very first fans to purchase these new versions just to prove a massive point to Scooter and others not having an artist’s best interests at heart.
According to a statement released by Taylor’s lawyer, Scott Borchetta (former Big Machine CEO) made it incredibly difficult for the songstress to buy back her music, whereas he offered Scooter a cash deal to acquire the label.
It must be tough to helplessly watch as you lose everything you’ve worked for all your life to someone you aren’t even in good terms with, right?
Scooter the Bully
In her Tumblr post, Taylor accused Scooter of manipulating and bullying her for years, before she finally freed herself from his grasp. She also revealed the terms under which she left Big Machine, leaving her music behind.
Apparently, Scott wasn’t that keen on having her join Universal, and the only deal he offered her meant Taylor staying at Big Machine for another decade.
The Blank Space singer wasn’t for the idea, so she went ahead and signed with Universal in November 2018.
As if anticipating that there would be issues with her masters, Taylor ensured that the contract she signed with her new label effectively made her the sole owner of her art, so there’ll be no issues with anything she recorded from November last year.
Although losing her music is a major setback for Taylor, the one thing we are sure of is that she’ll bounce back with even better tunes. We can’t wait!