Big Machine Records' Nashville headquarters forced to shut down after employees receive DEATH threats amid Taylor Swift controversy
- Swift's former record label was shut down after employees reportedly recieve 'direct and hostile death threats'
- It's alleged that some of her fans have been trying to 'to leak personal contact information and addresses of company employees'
- This comes as the label and Swift's bitter feud has found a new chapter
- Swift has claimed in that her record label owners have banned her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards this month
- 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'
Big Machine Label Group's headquarters was forced to shut early on Friday due to threats to staff.
The record label - which is run by Scott Borchetta and was acquired by Scooter Braun's company in July - closed down its offices in Nashville, Tennessee, at 12:30pm local time after employees reportedly received 'direct and hostile death threats', according to Entertainment Tonight.
The company is embroiled in a bitter row with former client Taylor Swift, who claimed Big Machine has stopped her from performing her old songs and put plans for a proposed Netflix documentary and her performance at the American Music Awards (AMAs) in doubt because Braun and Borchetta won't allow the use of her old material.
Threat: The headquarters of Taylor Swift's former label Big Machine Records shut down their Nashville office on Friday after their staff received 'direct and hostile death threats'
Dispute: The company is embroiled in a bitter row with former client Taylor Swift, who claimed Big Machine has stopped her from performing her old songs and put plans for a proposed Netflix documentary and her performance at the American Music Awards in doubt because Braun and Borchetta won't allow the use of her old material. Swift is seen August 26 above
After Taylor - whose master recordings are still owned by her former label - went public with her claims, it was alleged that some of her fans have been trying to 'to leak personal contact information and addresses of company employees'.
The company has contacted the authorities to report the matter.
In Taylor's original Twitter post, she told her fans she had been told to 'be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished.'
She went on to appeal to them to campaign on her behalf and also ask other artists connected to the businessmen to speak up.
She continued: '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.
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'
'Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. Scooter also manages several other artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work.
'Please ask them for help with this - I'm hoping 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...'
However, in a statement the company has said: '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.'