Taylor Swift Speaks Out Against Scooter Braun For Releasing Album Without Her Consent

The coronavirus pandemic won’t stop the drama between Taylor Swift and her former record label. Taylor Swift, 30, is once again taking a stand against music manager Scooter Braun and her former label Big Machine Records. The Grammy winner took to her Instagram story to issue a statement about a live performance album being released by the company, which she was not aware of. 

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“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,” she opened her April 23 post, written in white text on a red background.

“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,” she continued. “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,” Taylor went on, calling out Scooter, who founded SB Projects, and his partners who helped purchase Taylor’s masters. 

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

Taylor has been at odds with her former label head Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun since June 2019, when it was announced that Scott had sold her masters to Scooter and The Carlyle Group. 

Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Records in the summer, and with that purchase he got the rights to the masters of the first six albums Taylor Swift made while with the label. Taylor condemned this in June, calling it her “worst case scenario” for Braun to own her catalog because of “the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”

(From Taylor Swift’s Tumblr)

I walked away [from Big Machine] because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future…I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums

As for this issue, Big Machine Records has not announced the release nor has Scooter Braun made any comment on it yet. The possibility remains that the record company may suspend its plan to release the tracks given Taylor’s preemptive post condemning them.