Taylor Swift didn’t know what else to do, so she went straight to Twitter to let fans know what’s been going on. Swift has just posted a scathing message to let fans know that Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta have made it clear she isn’t allowed to perform any of her old songs on television, and the singer is livid because she was planning to perform a medley at the upcoming American Music Awards where she will receive the Artist of the Decade Award.
Swift also revealed that Netflix has created a documentary about her life for the past few years, but neither Braun nor Borchetta will allow them to use her older music or performance footage, even though there is no mention in the documentary of either of them or Big Machine Records.
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— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
“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,” wrote Swift. “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.”
Swift went on to say that this wrong – with “wrong” in all caps – because neither man had a hand in the writing of those songs and they did nothing to create the relationship she has with her fans. The You Need To Calm Down singer then asked for help from the Swifites.
The 29-year-old told her fans to let Borchetta and Braun know how they feel about this situation, and she is hoping that an outpouring of support from fans will help talk some sense into them. Swift added that Braun and Borchetta were “exercising tyrannical control” over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.
Swift also asked for help from The Carlyle Group, who she says put up money for the sale of her music to the two men. Swift is facing this problem because Borchetta’s label Big Machine owns a percentage of her songs based on her recording contract.
Taylor Swift told her fans that she just wants to be able to perform her own music, and she decided to reach out to her fans after she tried to work it out privately through her team. She says that her performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary, and any other recorded events she is planning to play between now and November 2020 are “a question mark.”
Just minutes after Swift’s post, the hashtags #IStandWithTaylor, #WeStandWithTaylor, and #FreeTaylor started trending on Twitter.