Not simply streaming or downloading the albums legally or otherwise like the rest of us, rather the music mogul acquiring the company that owned her back catalog, and according to Tay, only learning “Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work” along with the rest of us when she woke up (people.com) with the morning sun streaming through voile net curtains accompanied by birdsong into a pristine pastel decored Nashville bed chamber you might imagine, with doubtless many somewhat sympathetic to the horror of the idea of a chap named “Scooter” stripping you of anything.
Swift claimed she learned about the acquisition of Big Machine Label Group on Sunday “as it was announced to the world.” She said the purchase was her “worst case scenario,” since she doesn’t own the rights to the music created while she was with the Big Machine Label Group.
With which she signed at the tender, impressionable and understandably naïve age of 15, switching labels last November in the hopes of thwarting he “for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept”:
“I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta (founder of Big Machine Label Group) would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future,” she wrote. Borchetta later disputed Swift’s version of how she found out about the deal.
With Taylor’s ex-stockbroker father, Scott Kingsley Swift, being on the board of directors of Big Machine Label Group and “has known about the deal for at least a week”, at least according to Celebsville’s town crier TMZ and People, not partaking in a shareholder phone call due to a very strict NDA that bound all shareholders and prohibited any discussion at all without risk of severe penalty, with TayTay disputing the claim that her dad has ever been on the board of directors and then elaborating on why it was “the worst case scenario”:
The pop superstar accused Braun of “manipulative bullying” and targeting her at various points in her career with the help of other celebrities. She accused Kim Kardashian West of having “orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked.” She also accused Kanye West of having organized a revenge porn music video “which strips my body naked.”
Her explanation on Tumblr accompanied by a piccie, although sadly not an outtake of “her” stripped naked body being treated somewhat unfairly in Kim K’s rappin’ tailor beau’s “Famous” waxwork porno:
She included a picture in the post of pop star Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Braun. She wrote on the photo, “This is Scooter Braun bullying me on social media when I was at my lowest point[.] He’s about to own all the music I’ve ever made.”
With both being Braun’s clients, and Biebs quickly to stepping up to virtually defend, taking a break from practicing Guile’s Sonic Boom with which he plans to defeat Tom Cruse in the Octagon ring (maxim.com), saying: “For you to take it to social media and get people to hate on (S)cooter isn’t fair,” and others vouching for him too, with Demi Lovato telling Tay to “Please stop ‘dragging’ people or bullying them” (cosmopolitan.com) and with Ariana Grande posting but then deleting an Instagram Story congratulating Scooter who is her manager (dailymail.co.uk) whilst Halsey took Tay’s side writing writing “Taylor Swift is a huge reason why I always insisted to write my own music” and Nicki Minaj, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello seemingly having stopped following Braun on social media.
As for the reasons for the alleged “manipulative bullying” enlisting the help of other celebs for which was seemingly the basis of her Reputation album’s theme from which she has seemingly hoped to transform from snake-to-rainbow-coloured-LGBTQ-friendly-butterfly (Blog 15th Jun. 2019) as seen in her pastel-coloured “Me” with Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie for her album Lover due out in August:
Also in Braun’s talent stable is Swift’s old nemesis Kanye West, and a theory from Swift’s fans—aka The Swifties—on Twitter is that Braun bought the rights out of spite, after a feud between the performers that began when West stormed the stage when she accepted an award at the 2009 MTV VMAs. The rapper declared: “Taylor, I’m really happy for you, and I’ma let you finish’ but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”
For [Tim Ingham from Music Business Worldwide] this argument simply does not add up. “People do not spend $300m venture capital money with their primary motivation being that they just want to pee off a superstar,” he says.
Although if that is the case Scooter will certainly have the opportunity being able to license any of her back catalogue including tracks from that revenge-themed Reputation album for anything he likes; cat repellent perhaps.
Updated 22nd August 2019
Taylor Swift says she plans to rerecord her music after the singer failed to secure her original master recordings when talent manager Scooter Braun acquired Big Machine Records, her original label, in June.
Which as the article explains is not unprecedented in such circumstances:
JoJo, known for early ’00s hits like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late,” rerecorded her albums on Blackground Records after a decadelong battle with the label, which still owns the masters and licensing for those songs.
Leaving her fee from the label able to distribute the re-recorded song however she pleased.
- Taylor Swift’s new Pride-themed single causes influx of GLAAD donations (Blog 15th June 2019)
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