Scooter bites back! Taylor Swift's former record company DENIES she's been banned from singing her own songs, says singer owes 'millions of dollars' to their label and claims her social media posts are threatening safety of their employees

  • Swift's former record company, Big Machine Label Group, has hit back at singer
  • In Friday morning statement, they alleged that Swift owes 'millions of dollars' to their label and her social media posts are threatening safety of their employees 
  • On Thursday, Swift said label banned her from performing songs at American Music Awards on November 24 where she will receive Artist of the Decade
  • Swift alleged Scott Borchetta told her team that they'll allow her to use her music only if she agrees to not re-record copycat versions of her songs next year 
  • The artist said re-recording next year is something she is 'legally allowed to do' 
  • Swift also claims Borchetta told her team that she needs to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun - who acquired Big Machine this past summer 
  • She said her performances until November 2020 are now 'a question mark'  

Taylor Swift's former record company has hit back at the singer for making 'false' claims that the label banned her from singing her own songs on television.

In a Friday morning statement, Big Machine Label Group also alleged that Swift owes 'millions of dollars' to their label and that her social media posts are threatening the safety of their employees. 

'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,' a statement released by Big Machine Label Group reads. 

The statement was shared on the company's website just hours after Swift made the claim on Thursday. 

'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.

According to Big Machine Label Group, which is run by Braun and Borchetta, Swift has admitted to 'contractually owning millions of dollars' to their company. 

The company went on to say: 'Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and hones conversation.' 

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Scott Borchetta (right) founded Big Machine Records. Scooter Braun (left) bought the label earlier this year and acquired rights to her music which Swift called the 'worst-case scenario'

Taylor Swift's former record company has hit back at the singer after she revealed that she was banned by Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta (both, pictured right) from singing her own songs on television or at the American Music Awards unless she stopped talking about them

In a post captioned, 'Don't know what else to do', Swift, 29, said: 'Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I'm not allowed to perform my old songs on television'

In a post captioned, 'Don't know what else to do', Swift, 29, said: 'Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I'm not allowed to perform my old songs on television'

BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP'S STATEMENT ON SWIFT'S CLAIMS 

The Big Machine Label Group, which is run by Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, released a statement Friday morning hitting back at Taylor Swift following her Thursday claims that the company has banned her from singing her own music on television. 

Big Machine's statement is below:  

'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.

'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.'

Source: Big Machine Label Group  

In a post captioned, 'Don't know what else to do', Swift, 29, said: 'Guys - It's been announced recently that the AMAs will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year's ceremony. 

'I've been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I'm not allowed 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. 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.'

Celebrities started showing public support for Swift after she made the revelation on Thursday. 

But as #IStandWithTaylor began trending, Braun and Borchetta also faced death threats from the 29-year-old's fans after Swift attempted to force them to rethink their decision. 

Shortly after Big Machine Label Group released their statement, Taylor Swift's team swiftly released theirs

Shortly after Big Machine Label Group released their statement, Taylor Swift's team swiftly released theirs 

STATEMENT FROM TAYLOR SWIFT'S SPOKESWOMAN: 

Shortly after Big Machine Label Group released their statement, Taylor Swift's team swiftly released theirs.

The statement from Taylor Swift's spokeswoman: 

'Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects:

'The Netflix documentary and The Alibaba "Double Eleven" event.'

'To avoid an argument over rights, Taylor performed three songs off her new album Lover at the Double Eleven event as it was clear that Big Machine Label Group felt any televised performance of catalog songs violated her agreement.

'In addition, yesterday Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix. Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post.

'Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them but, an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years.'

Source: Emailed Statement from Swift's representatives 

Swift claimed that Big Machine Records founder, Borchetta, and music executive Braun - who rose to prominence managing Justin Bieber - have effectively told her to 'shut up or you'll be punished'.

Braun controversially bought the label this summer and acquired rights to Swift's old music, in what she previously described as her 'worst-case scenario'.

Swift will be unable to perform a planned medley of her greatest hits at the American Music Awards next Sunday where she is due to receive Artist of the Decade.

They have also allegedly denied permission to use her old songs on a Netflix documentary that has been two years in the making. 

Gigi Hadid, Tinashe, Rebecca Black and Spencer Pratt were among those posting on social media after Swift explosively claimed they told her she cannot perform her old songs on TV because it would constitute a re-recording.

Musician and Broadway star Sara Bareilles called it an 'outrageous abuse of power' and 'completely unforgivable'. 

Actor Alan Cumming simply tweeted: 'Leave @TaylorSwift13 alone!' 

Lily Allen posted: 'Solidarity with Taylor here, this sounds awful, and people wonder why music hasn’t had its #MeToo moment?' 

The artist said re-recording next year is something she is 'legally allowed to do'
She summarized the spat as them telling her: 'Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished'

On Thursday, Swift said re-recording next year is something she is 'legally allowed to do'. She summarized the spat as them telling her: 'Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished'

Swift added: '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'

Swift added: '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'

Singer Halsey posted a clip of herself singing Swift's 2011 track Mean. 

She posted on Instagram: 'This is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her head. It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her Artist of the Decade.'

At the same messages online included: 'Give Taylor back her music @scooterbraun you do and you'll have people off your back until then prepare to die.' 

Another tweet including a picture of a knife read: 'you will die a schmuck.'  

In August, Swift revealed plans to re-record albums 1-5 in a chat on Good Morning America.

'Something that’s very special to me about this album is it’s the first one that I will own,' she began about her new release Lover. 

'My contract says starting from November 2020 I can start re-recording albums 1-5. I think artists deserve to own their own work. It’s next year, I’m gonna be busy.'

She had previously fumed to CBS Sunday Morning that she couldn't believe who Borchetta sold her music to because they had had 'numerous conversations about Braun'. 

Swift was signed to Big Machine in 2006 for her first six albums but she went to Universal Music for her seventh release, Lover.

She quipped about the $300million acquisition by Braun's Ithaca Holding: 'But he has 300 million convenient reasons.' 

In a June blog post, she said for years she pleaded for a chance to own her work but was only 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'. 

She claimed she 'walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future'. 

On Thursday, Swift shared that she has faced obstacles since then.

Singer Lily Allen posted: 'Solidarity with Taylor here, this sounds awful, and people wonder why music hasn’t had its #MeToo moment?'

Singer Lily Allen posted: 'Solidarity with Taylor here, this sounds awful, and people wonder why music hasn’t had its #MeToo moment?'

Singer Halsey sang Swift's old song on Instagram
Singer Halsey posted on Instagram: 'This is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her head. It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her Artist of the Decade'

Singer Halsey sang Swift's old song on Instagram (left) and posted: 'This is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her head. It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her Artist of the Decade.'

Fans directly sent threatening tweets to Braun and Borchetta on Thursday night

Fans directly sent threatening tweets to Braun and Borchetta on Thursday night

'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,' Swift continued Thursday.

'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.'

The Shake It Off hitmaker went on to plead with fans to fight on her behalf. 

Braun has worked with the likes of Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato. She also called on her fellow artists to speak out. 

'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. So this is where I'm asking for your help,' Swift wrote.

'Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. 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.'

Swift and Borchette during 2006 CMT Music Awards
She had previously fumed to CBS Sunday Morning that she couldn't believe who Borchetta (right in 2013) sold her music to because they had had 'numerous conversations about Braun'

She had previously fumed to CBS Sunday Morning that she couldn't believe who Borchetta (left at the Country Music Awards in 2006 and right in 2013) sold her music to because they had had 'numerous conversations about Braun' 

Music executive Scooter Braun rose to prominence managing Justin Bieber. Braun (far right, in white) sits down for lunch with Misha Nonoo (white blouse, yellow skirt), in Rome on the day after Nonoo's wedding

Music executive Scooter Braun rose to prominence managing Justin Bieber. Braun (far right, in white) sits down for lunch with Misha Nonoo (white blouse, yellow skirt), in Rome on the day after Nonoo's wedding

Bieber and Braun are seen backstage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in 2017

Bieber and Braun are seen backstage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in 2017 

In a June blog post, she said for years she pleaded for a chance to own her work. Pictured she accuses Bieber's manager Braun of bullying her

In a June blog post, she said for years she pleaded for a chance to own her work. Pictured she accuses Bieber's manager Braun of bullying her

With the rights to masters from Swift and other artists on their roster, the Big Machine Records catalog is estimated to be worth $1billion. Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts are some of the artists on the label.

'I'm especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men,' the Love Story singer added. 'I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That's it.

'I've tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything.'

She then dropped the bombshell that she may not perform at the November 24 awards show at all and the documentary about her may never stream.

'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,' she said. 

But TMZ reports that Big Machine sources say Bruan and Borchetta have 'extended an olive branch to Taylor, asking her to sit down with them and try to bury the hatchet'.

The source claimed 'she flatly refused, threatening if they didn't give her exactly what she wanted she'd go public and tell people to attack Big Machine as well as Scott and Scooter'.

The insider added that Swift 'has admitted she owes the label more than $7million and hasn't paid for more than a year'. 

They also reportedly claimed she owes the label masters and video content. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to reps for Braun and Borchetta but did not immediately get a response. 

TIMELINE: TAYLOR SWIFT'S FEUD WITH BRAUN AND BORCHETTA 

Taylor Swift signed to Big Machine Records in 2006, which has released all but one of her albums. 

In 2018, Swift signed with Universal Music Group, but Big Machine Records still retains the exclusive rights to her entire back catalogue of master recordings.  

Here's how the public feud began: 

June 30, 2019: Braun's $300million deal is announced 

The Wall Street Journal reported that Scooter Braun reached a deal of more than $300million to purchase Big Machine Records and with it, all of Swift's old music. 

On the same day, Swift shared a blog post saying that for years she pleaded for a chance to own her work but was only 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'. 

She claimed in the post that she 'walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future'.

July 1, 2019: Scott Borchetta releases statement on the sale

Borchetta, the man who sold Swift's catalog to Braun, says the singer has been misleading about the situation, claiming she had the chance to purchase her work and knew well ahead of time of the deal.

In an open letter on the label's website, Borchetta, 56, who founded Big Machine Label Group, claimed the songstress had a shot earlier at buying the work, which fell through when she inked a pact with Universal Music Group.

On the same day, celebrities voiced their views. Halsey and Cara Delevingne rushed to support Swift as Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Braun's wife, Yael Cohen, voiced their support for him. 

July 2, 2019: Braun faces backlash for bragging about purchase

Braun faced furious backlash over his now-deleted Instagram post that bragged about him 'buying Taylor Swift' as he claimed he tried to have a mature conversation with her about the purchase of her catalog of past albums.

When the news first broke - and before Swift responded angrily - Braun was re-posting messages of congratulations from friends and colleagues on his Instagram story.

One of the messages that Braun re-posted and later deleted from his Instagram story congratulated him on 'buying' the 29-year singer.

July 3, 2019: Swift's lawyers deny she knew about $300M sale 

Her lawyer denied claims that Swift had an opportunity to buy her masters before it was eventually sold to Braun.

Borchetta had previously claimed that Swift knew about the sale. 

The lawyer refuted claims that the Shake It Off singer was informed months in advance that Big Machine was up for sale. 

August 21, 2019: Swift confirms she's re-recording songbook

The singer announced her plans to re-record her songbook to regain control of her master recordings.

August 23, 2019: Swift celebrates release of first album not owned by Braun

Swift told Good Morning American that her Lover album is so special because 'it’s the first one that I will own'.

On the same day, Swift slammed Braun in a separate interview, saying: 'And the person who bought my art, he’s never made any art in his life, so he doesn’t know what it’s like.

'He could never understand that personal connection. When you make something and then someone buys it out from under you…' she said, referring to Braun.  

August 25, 2019: Swift blasts Borchetta for selling her music

Swift told CBS Sunday that she only found out about the secret $300million deal when it was news online.

'I found out when it was online, like, when it hit the news,' she said. 

'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.'

September 16, 2019: Braun insists he had no 'malicious intent' when buying Taylor Swift's back catalogue masters 

Braun insisted he had no 'malicious intent' when he bought Big Machine Records.

'I don't do anything with malicious intent,' the 38-year-old power broker told Tony Gonzalez's Wide Open podcast.

'I try to do things above board. I try to do the right thing. Not everyone's gonna be happy with everything that you do, and I think in the long-term, I've learned this over time, the truth always comes out, and I'm confident in that.'

November 14, 2019:  Swift says she's banned from singing on TV

Swift claimed that Big Machine Records founder, Borchetta, and music executive Braun have effectively told her 'shut up or you'll be punished'. 

She claimed they told her that she wouldn't be able to perform a planned medley of her greatest hits at the American Music Awards next Sunday where she is due to receive Artist of the Decade.

They have also allegedly denied permission to use her old songs on a Netflix documentary that has been two years in the making.

November 15, 2019: Big Machine Records releases statement denying her claims 

Swift's former record company hit back at the singer for making 'false' claims that the label banned her from singing her own songs on television. 

In a Friday morning statement, Big Machine Label Group alleged that Swift owes 'millions of dollars' to their label and that her social media posts are threatening the safety of their employees.

Taylor Swift's former record company denies singing ban claim

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