TAYLOR SWIFT Says SCOOTER BRAUN & SCOTT BORCHETTA Won't Let Her Perform Her Old Music At AMAs
#IStandWithTaylor and #FreeTaylor are trending right now after Taylor Swift accused Scott Borchetta, her former label boss at Big Machine Records, and music manager Scooter Braun, who acquired her pre-Lover catalogue, of blocking her plans to performing a medley of her hits throughout the decade for the upcoming 2019 American Music Awards.
Tay, who will be honored with the Artist of the Decade award at the AMAs, revealed that the two men have "not allowed [me] to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I'm allowed to next year."
"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," the 29-year-old pop star added. "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."
"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," she told her fans. "The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished."
"This is WRONG," she wrote. "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."
"Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this," she pleads. "Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work. Please ask them for help with this - 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."
"I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That's it," she reiterated. "Right now my performance at the AMA's, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark." Read Tay's message in full below:
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019