Don’t mess with Taylor Swift. The “Blank Space” singer called out Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun while taking to Twitter on Thursday, November 14, talking about the “tyrannical control” being exercised over her music. Taylor claimed that Scott and Scooter are preventing her from performing old songs on television unless she abides by a few rules, which leaves her upcoming performance at the American Music Awards and a previously unannounced Netflix documentary up in the air.
“Guys — it’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony,” the pop star, 29, began, addressing how she was initially going to be performing a medley of her biggest hits over the last 10 years on the show. Taylor claimed that Scott and Scooter, 38, said she can’t because “that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”
Taylor then revealed that Netflix has been working on a documentary about her life, saying this isn’t how she planned on sharing the exciting news. “Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film,” she continued.
The chart-topping artist said they will allow her to use the music if she agrees to not re-record “copycat versions” of her songs next year, before mentioning how this is something she is “legally allowed” to do and something she’s been “looking forward to.”
Taylor said she felt compelled to speak out because she wants to create “awareness” for other artists in case they are put in the same situation. The “Shake It Off” songstress claimed she felt the message being sent to her was loud and clear. “Be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished,” Taylor alleged, noting how neither Scooter or Scott were involved in writing those songs.
In her final plea, Taylor begged her fans to tell Scott, 57, and Scooter how they feel about this and it didn’t take long for #IStandWithTaylor to begin trending. She also talked about how Scooter manages other stars who care about the treatment of fellow artists and perhaps they could help out by sharing their thoughts.
“I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote,” the pop star continued.
Taylor concluded by saying that she has tried to resolve this issue privately to no avail. “Right now, my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark,” she wrote. “I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on.”
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