Just weeks before the release of her seventh studio album, Lover, she was thrown into the deep end when she learnt that ‘bully’ Scooter Braun had bought her six former records from Scott Borchetta, the founder of her previous label, Big Machine Records.
And Sunday saw Taylor Swift confirm once again that she would in fact be re-recording her songs next year as soon as the contract was up.
Speaking to Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday, the 29-year-old music sensation revealed she only found out about the secret $300 million deal when it was news online.
Blindsided: Taylor Swift was quick to blast ‘bully’ Scooter Braun and her former record label founder, Scott Borchetta, on Sunday, when she revealed she only learnt of their $300 million deal online
‘I found out when it was online, like, when it hit the news,’ she said.
When asked if anyone in her inner circle was aware or whether anyone could smell the deal brewing, Taylor replied with a confident, ‘no.’
The Lover singer went on to clarify she was aware a sale would be made in the future, but was blindsided to learn it was Scooter on the other end of the deal.
Shocked: ‘I knew he [Scott Borchetta] would sell my music, I knew he would do that,’ she began. ‘I couldn’t believe who he sold it to, because, we’ve had endless conversations about Scooter Braun and he has 300 million reasons to conveniently forget those conversations’
‘I knew he [Scott Borchetta] would sell my music, I knew he would do that,’ she began.
‘I couldn’t believe who he sold it to, because, we’ve had endless conversations about Scooter Braun and he has 300 million reasons to conveniently forget those conversations.’
And when asked if she could re-record her masters, a visibly shaken and emotional Taylor pepped up with a large smile on her face.
That would be a ‘Yes’! And when asked if she could re-record her masters, a visibly shaken and emotional Taylor pepped up with a large smile on her face
Sold: Scott made a $300 million deal with Scooter Braun (pictured 2019) to sell him Big Machine Records – the company who holds the masters to Taylor Swift’s first six albums
‘Oh yeah!’ she replied, agreeing that that in fact was the plan.
The Archer singer’s confession comes after she told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Thursday that as of November 2020, she’d be back in the studio earning the rights back to her work.
‘It’s something that I’m very excited about doing because my contract says that starting November 2020, so next year, I can record albums 1-5 all over again,’ she said.
‘I’m very excited about it because I think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that.’
Better days: Scott founded Big Machine Records in 2005 and acquired a then teen Taylor Swift as its first client (pictured in 2011)
Heading back to the studio: The Archer singer’s confession comes after she told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Thursday that as of November 2020, she’d be back in the studio earning the rights back to her work
Sincere? And while Taylor has continued to show her desire to never work with ‘bully’ Scooter Braun or have anything to do with him, the manager to Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande took to Twitter on Thursday to congratulate the singer on her new album
It’s not sure when she’ll contractually get the chance to re-record her sixth album, Reputation.
It’s also unknown the specific clauses in the contract in terms of how different the songs have to sound from the originals.
And while Taylor has continued to show her desire to never work with ‘bully’ Scooter Braun or have anything to do with him, the manager to Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande took to Twitter on Thursday to congratulate the singer on her new album.
‘Regardless of what has been said the truth is you don’t make big bets unless you are a believer and always have been. Brilliant album with #Lover. Congrats. Supporting was always the healthier option #brilliantalbum #brilliantcampaign congrats,’ he Tweeted out, to which many Swifties were not at all impressed with.
Taylor Swift’s statement about Scooter Braun
For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away 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.
Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.
Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it. (See photo) Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.
This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.
When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.
Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create. Thankfully, I left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.
I will always be proud of my past work. But for a healthier option, Lover will be out August 23.