Taylor Swift has accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of "exercising tyrannical control" over her career as she claims they are stopping her from performing any of her old songs during the American Music Awards (AMAs) and says a Netflix documentary about her life had been put in jeopardy.
"Don't know what else to do", the singer-songwriter wrote on Twitter, along with screenshots of a lengthy statement in which she alleged Borchetta and Braun, who own the rights to her early albums, were preventing her from performing a medley of her songs at the upcoming AMAs, where she is set to receive the artist of the decade award.
She also alleged they have "declined the use of my older music or performance footage" for an upcoming documentary Netflix have been shooting about her life for the past few years.
Don't know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Borchetta founded Big Machine Label Group, which signed Swift as a teenager. Earlier this year, music mogul Braun, who manages pop-stars including Justin Bieber, bought the label in a deal said to be worth $300 million and acquired the rights to her first six albums. Swift described the acquisition as her "worst case scenario" and alleged Braun was responsible for "incessant manipulative bullying" of her.
She has now claimed the two men are preventing her from performing her old songs at the AMAs as it would constitute "re-recording them before I'm allowed to next year". Swift goes on to allege that Borchetta told her team they will allow her to use her music in a Netflix documentary if she agrees not to re-record copycat versions of her songs next year and "stop talking" about him and Braun. She said she is legally allowed to re-record her old songs and is "looking forward" to it.
The 29-year-old wrote: "I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate. 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. 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."
Swift then asked her fans for "help", by letting Braun and Borchetta "know how you feel about this".
She said Braun "manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work".
Swift added: "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 just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That's it. I've tried to work this out privately though my team but have not been able to resolve anything.
"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 concluded the post by writing: "I love you guys and I thought you should know what's been going on."
The Borchetta-owned Big Machine Label Group responded to Swift in a statement posted to its website.
Big Machine Label Group Statementhttps://t.co/bIdnx4GVbm— Big Machine Label Group (@BigMachine) November 15, 2019
They wrote: "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 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. 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."
They concluded the statement by addressing Swift directly: "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."