Taylor Swift supported by Gigi Hadid, Halsey and other celebs as it's revealed she's been banned by Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta from singing her OWN songs on TV

  • Taylor Swift has claimed in that her record label owners have banned her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards this month
  • She claimed Thursday that she has now been forced to announce a Netflix documentary as she said they won't let her older music be used in it 
  • 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 summer 
  • She summarized the spat as them telling her: 'Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished'
  • Swift says performances her until November 2020 are now 'a question mark' 
  • The 29-year-old asked other artists to 'talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control' over her 
  • Gigi Hadid, Halsey, Tinashe, Lily Allen and others support singer amid controversy 
  • Selena Gomez - who used to date Scooter's client Justin - said, 'My heart is so heavy right now' 
  • Camila Cabello said, 'I can't wrap my head around how this could happen' 
  • The hashtag #IStandWithTaylor began trending Thursday amid the news 

Model Gigi Hadid and singers Selena Gomez and Camila Cabello as well as Halsey were among the high-profile stars to publicly side with Taylor Swift after she went public about music execs Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta blocking her from performing her hits unless she stays silent about them.

'Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is,' Hadid tweeted Thursday. 'Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!' 

Swift made headlines earlier this year after Borchetta - who owns Swift's original label Big Machine Label Group - sold the rights to her previous material to Braun, the music business powerhouse who also manages Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. 

Standing with Swift: Taylor Swift, 29, received support from celebs and fans after she went public about music execs Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta blocking her from performing her hits unless she stays silent about them. She was snapped in China earlier this month

Standing with Swift: Taylor Swift, 29, received support from celebs and fans after she went public about music execs Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta blocking her from performing her hits unless she stays silent about them. She was snapped in China earlier this month 

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 said she 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; and has also allegedly denied permission to use her old songs on a Netflix documentary that has been two years in the making. 

On her Instagram Stories page, Halsey wrote a detailed piece about why she disagreed with the business tactics Swift described.

'Not only are we looking at an awful business move (because one would be incentivized to allow Taylor to perform her songs seeing as it would be direct to rediscovery of a catalog they currently profit off of???) but this is just mean.' Halsey said. 'This is punishment. This is helping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her head.'

Model Gigi Hadid tweeted support for Swift on Thursday

Singer Halsey also posted a lengthy message of support in the wake of Swifts' new allegations

Confidantes: Model Gigi Hadid was among the high-profile stars to publicly side with the Shake It Off songstress
Keen eye: Halsey pointed out the imbalance of power in the situation between the artist and executives

Confidantes: Model Gigi Hadid and singer Halsey were among the high-profile stars to publicly side with the Shake It Off songstress 

Tribute: Halsey also sang Swift's Mean on Instagram Stories

Tribute: Halsey also sang Swift's Mean on Instagram Stories 

The Without Me singer, who also sang Taylor's Mean on her Instagram Stories account, pointed out the imbalance of power in the situation between the artist and executives.

'These people are protected because they inspire complicity with fear,' she said. 'Banking on the illusion that people will not stand up for her. That the world will say she’s overreacting. You’re barking up the wrong tree.

'It is her grace and patience in this moment make her the Artist of the Decade.'

Selena Gomez - who used to date Braun's client Justin Bieber - said, 'My heart is so heavy right now. 'It makes me sick and extremely angry. (I don't mind if there may be retaliation) this is my opinion'

Mad: Selena Gomez - who used to date Scooter's client Justin - said, 'My heart is so heavy right now. 'It makes me sick and extremely angry. (I don't mind if there may be retaliation) this is my opinion'

Camila Cabello also shared a long note. She said that 'I can't wrap my head around how this could happen. A record label can't be allowed to do this to an artist... whatever needs to happen to get this situation fixed, needs to happen'

Team TS: Camila Cabello also shared a long note. She said that 'I can't wrap my head around how this could happen. A record label can't be allowed to do this to an artist... whatever needs to happen to get this situation fixed, needs to happen'

Selena Gomez - who used to date Scooter's client Justin - said, 'My heart is so heavy right now.

'It makes me sick and extremely angry. (I don't mind if there may be retaliation) this is my opinion.'

She went on to say 'this is greed, manipulation, power.' 

Camila Cabello also shared a long note. She said that 'I can't wrap my head around how this could happen. A record label can't be allowed to do this to an artist... whatever needs to happen to get this situation fixed, needs to happen.' 

Tinashe, in response to Swift's post, wrote, 'F*** that. We’re with you,' adding of the situation: It genuinely genuinely makes me sick to my stomach.'  

Need to calm down: Taylor pictured at the MTV VMAs in New Jersey back in August

Need to calm down: Taylor pictured at the MTV VMAs in New Jersey back in August

Tinashe did not waste words pledging her support for Swift

Making it clear: Tinashe did not waste words pledging her support for Swift 

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 Jordan Pruitt also chimed in on the dispute, questioning the legality of the business tactics the men purportedly employed to hush the outspoken artist

A closer look: Singer Jordan Pruitt also chimed in on the dispute, questioning the legality of the business tactics the men purportedly employed to hush the outspoken artist 

The Hills star Spencer Pratt seemingly referred to the lack of more artists decrying the purported actions of Braun and Borchetta

Politics: The Hills star Spencer Pratt seemingly referred to the lack of more artists decrying the purported actions of Braun and Borchetta

Speaking out: Grammy-winning songwriter Joel Little went public with his support for Swift

Speaking out: Grammy-winning songwriter Joel Little went public with his support for Swift 

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

Singer Jordan Pruitt also chimed in on the dispute, questioning the legality of the business tactics the men purportedly employed to hush the outspoken artist.

'The things that @scottborchetta + Scooter Braun are continuing to do to @taylorswift13 are not only wrong, they should be illegal!' she wrote. 'You “men” should focus your sights on things other than bullying the Artist of this CENTURY. LEAVE TAYLOR ALONE. PERIODT.' 

The Hills star Spencer Pratt seemingly referred to the lack of more artists decrying the purported actions of Braun and Borchetta: 'Sorry I’m not a pop superstar @taylorswift13 cause i def wouldn’t be quiet like all these lames.'

The group Echosmith, actor Alan Cumming, actress Rachel Zegler and YouTuber Ricky Dillon were among those supporting the singer amid the professional battle.  

A number of the singer's fans also rallied behind the cause as the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor began trending Thursday.  

Squad: The group Echosmith, actor Alan Cumming, actress Rachel Zegler and YouTuber Ricky Dillon were among those supporting the singer amid the professional battle

Squad: The group Echosmith, actor Alan Cumming, actress Rachel Zegler and YouTuber Ricky Dillon were among those supporting the singer amid the professional battle 

The feedback came after Swift took to social media with a post captioned, 'Don't know what else to do.'

In it, she said: 'Guys - It's been announced recently that the American Music Awards 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.

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'

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

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

'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.'

Meanwhile, Taylor and Andrew Lloyd Webber have released their new original song Beautiful Ghosts from Cats today. 

The version of the song performed by Taylor, who plays Bombalurina in the film, will play over the end titles. 

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.'

Swift said about a forthcoming Netflix documentary that she announced Thursday: 'Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project'

Swift said about a forthcoming Netflix documentary that she announced Thursday: 'Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project'

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'

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'

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. 

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'. 

Reaction: Fans swarmed Braun's social media with angry sentiments amid Taylor's statement

Reaction: Fans swarmed Braun's social media with angry sentiments amid Taylor's statement 

Time to act: Others openly wondered why more artists weren't speaking out amid the controversy

Time to act: Others openly wondered why more artists weren't speaking out amid the controversy 

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

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

Swift continued: '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. 

Taylor 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' 

'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.'

With the rights to masters from Swift and other artists on their roster, the Big Machine Records catalog is estimated to be worth around $1 billion. 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.'

Music executive Scooter Braun rose to prominence managing Justin Bieber (pictured 2016)

Music executive Scooter Braun rose to prominence managing Justin Bieber (pictured 2016)

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

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.  

TMZ reported Thursday that Big Machine sources said Scott and Scooter 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 $7 million 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. 

Taylor Swift supported by Gigi Hadid and Halsey amid Scooter Braun row over older material

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