Taylor Swift Pens Heartfelt Letter After Scooter Braun Allegedly Bans Her From Performing Her Old Songs
Taylor Swift is arguably one of the most influential music artists in the world. The singer will be honored at the American Music Awards with the Artist of the Decade Award on Nov. 24. Ten days before the awards show, Swift penned an emotional letter to her fans and other artists in the industry.
For the AMAs, Swift planned to perform a medley of her old hits from her successful career. In the letter, Swift accused Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun of blocking her from performing the songs. Borchetta infamously sold Swift’s masters to Braun earlier in 2019, meaning Swift does not own the rights to songs she wrote before her most recent album, Lover. In the letter, Swift called on others in the music industry for help.
Taylor Swift published the letter about Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun on social media
On Nov. 14, Swift published a heartfelt letter about her dilemma on her social media channels. In the letter, Swift explained the AMAs situation to her fans.
“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. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” Swift wrote.
Swift also explained to fans that Borchetta and Braun are blocking her from including her songs in other content as well.
“Additionally – and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news – Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years,” Swift wrote. “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.”
Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta reportedly want to keep Taylor Swift from rerecording her songs
After Braun bought Swift’s masters, Kelly Clarkson encouraged Swift to rerecord her songs. This would let her reclaim ownership of the songs she wrote. Swift then announced she planned to rerecord her previous albums in 2020.
In doing so, the catalog Braun owns would dramatically decrease in value. Fans could support the versions of songs Swift actually owns after 2020. In the letter, Swift says that Braun and Borchetta offered to let her perform her songs at the AMAs if she would not rerecord her songs.
“Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun,” Swift wrote.
Taylor Swift called on others in the music industry to help her
Swift’s letter alerted fans of Swift’s situation. She also asked others in the music industry to help her work with Braun and Borchetta.
“This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help,” Swift penned in the letter.
She continued, “Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work. Please ask them for help with this…”
Swift made the point in her letter that the way Braun and Borchetta are handling this situation is wrong. Swift is the one who wrote her music, and she legally has the right to rerecord her songs in 2020. Braun and Borchetta are acting in a way that seeks to control Swift after she signed with a new label where she has creative control.
“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. I’m especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men,” Swift wrote.