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Taylor Swift Accused of Jeopardizing Safety of Record Label's Employees and Their Families
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Pop Star Taylor Swift is engaged in a battle of words with her former record label Big Machine amid allegations the company is preventing her from performing her own songs at the American Music Awards.
Swift published a lengthy statement on her social media accounts, where she claims that her ex-label boss Scott Borchetta and music manager Scooter Braun—who purchased the master recording rights to Swift’s pre-Lover material in June—are preventing her from performing any of her early material during the upcoming American Music Awards, where she is set to receive the Artist of the Decade award, as well as a forthcoming Netflix documentary about her life.
“Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this,” Swift wrote. “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.”
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Big Machine responded to Swift's charges Friday, saying they were shocked to see Taylor's comments and denying that they were preventing her from performing her music at the awards show or blocking her Netflix special.
"In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere," the label wrote.
Big Machine also claims Taylor's admitted to owing the company millions of dollars and it says it was optimistic the 2 sides were working toward resolving the issue.
"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," the label wrote, adding, "Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist."