It looks like the drama between Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun isn’t over just yet. Yep, on Thursday, April 23, the “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress slammed the music mogul and reignited their longtime feud.
For those who missed it, back in June 2019, Scooter, who manages Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and more, bought the record label which the singer used to be signed to — Big Machine Records. That means he acquired the rights to all of her old music, and Taylor was definitely not happy about it.
Now, Big Machine Records announced that they were releasing a new live album featuring songs from one of Taylor’s 2008 shows, but she revealed that she had no knowledge of this new record, and had definitely not approved it.
“Hey guys — I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an ‘album’ of live performances of mine tonight. This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18. Big Machine has listed the date as a 2017 release but they’re actually releasing it tonight at midnight,” the 30-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories. “I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me. It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and the Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 MILLION for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money.”
She concluded her statement with, “In my opinion… Just another case of shameless greed in the time of coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.”
This isn’t the first time the musician has slammed the business man online. Back in June, when it all originally went down, she posted a lengthy note to her Tumblr page, claiming that she was completely blindsided by the news that Scooter was purchasing the rights to her music. She also accused the 38-year-old and his clients of “incessant, manipulative bullying,” and explained that she was “sad and grossed out” by the announcement.
And it didn’t end there. In November 2019, Taylor took to Twitter to explain that Scooter wasn’t allowing her to perform her old songs at the 2019 American Music Awards — or any televised event for that matter. She begged fans and other stars to speak up on her behalf and help her gain back the ability to sing her own music. In the end, Scooter allowed her to sing her old songs.
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