Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun; ‘Taylor, the Narrative You Have Created Does Not Exist’

The Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun drama just got even messier. On November 14, 2019, the 29-year-old songstress once again made headlines when she shared another lengthy message to her Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Claiming she didn’t know what else to do, she alleged that Braun alongside Scott Borchetta (heads of her former label, Big Machine Records) have intentionally blocked her from performing songs from her previous six albums before Lover.

Taylor Swift perfoms in Shanghai ahead of Scooter Braun Drama
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Lover is the first album Taylor Swift owns completely

This year, Swift is being honored as the artist of the decade at the American Music Awards. Sharing with her fans that she originally planned to perform a medley of songs from the past ten years, she claimed that Braun and Borchetta have blocked her from doing so. The “You Belong With Me” singer alleged that since she doesn’t own her first six albums, her former label will not allow her to perform her songs. She also added that Netflix has been secretly making a documentary about her life for the past few years and that Braun and her label declined requests to use performance footage for said project.

Fans express outrage on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr

Citing that she didn’t know what else to do, Swift urged her fans to let Scooter Braun and Borchetta know how they felt about the situation. Immediately, fans expressed outrage on all social media outlets. Things got even more dangerous when fans began posting what allegedly are Braun and Borchetta’s personal contact information all over the Internet. This is an illegal practice and one that could potentially result in some very dangerous results. Crazed fans have been known to inflict emotional and bodily harm upon people in defense of their favorite celebrity.

Scooter Braun and Big Machine Records fight back

Seeing that things were quickly getting out of hand with Braun and Swift, Big Machine Records took to their website to issue a statement of their own. They alleged that they have always cooperated with Swift’s requests and that the statements she was making about Braun, Borchetta and her former label were entirely false.

“As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate,” the statement began.

Swift’s former label claims she owes them millions of dollars

They continued on, alleging that Swift actually owed Big Machine Records millions of dollars. “The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career. We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward,” Big Machine Records wrote.

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The statement then made claims that Swift’s recent statements about Braun and Borchetta were calculated attacks that put people’s safety at risk. “We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved. However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”

A false narrative?

Finally, the label maintained that Swift was not being truthful in her claims and were adamant they shared her goal of keeping her fans entertained. “Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation. When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side. To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted. Rumors fester in the absence of communication. Let’s not have that continue here. We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve. Big Machine Label Group.”

Will Swift be able to perform her old songs at the AMA’s

With so much information on both sides, it’s difficult to know who’s telling the truth. Only time will tell if Swift will be able to perform her old songs at the AMA’s or use the recordings for her Netflix documentary. Hopefully, all parties involved will be able to come to an agreeable solution soon.