Swift on Thursday claimed an ongoing dispute with her former music label has presented a new roadblock as she is being told she cannot perform many songs from her past at the upcoming American Music Awards or use it in a forthcoming Netflix documentary about her life, which has been in production for several years. Swift's disclosure of this latest rights issue comes months after she spoke publicly about her displeasure with a deal that saw music manager Scooter Braun take control of her old catalog after he acquired her former music label, Big Machine Label Group. "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," Swift wrote. In July, Swift called it her "worst case scenario," upon learning that her music catalog had been sold to a company owned by Braun.Braun's Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group from founder Borchetta in late June. The deal was worth roughtly $300 million, according Billboard. "Scott Bocchetta 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 wrote. "The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished." CNN has reached out to Braun for comment. Swift said she thinks sharing her experience "could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate." "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. "Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this." Swift had been signed to Big Machine from her 2006 self-titled debut album through 2017's "Reputation," before moving to Universal Music Group.Swift alleged she only learned of the sale when it became public, a claim disputed by Jake Basden, Senior Vice President Communications at Big Machine Label Group. Basden told CNN at the time that Swift's dad, Scott Swift, is a shareholder in Big Machine Records and that Basden first alerted all of the shareholders of the pending deal with Ithaca Holdings on June 25."Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor at 9:06 p.m, June 29 to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of June 30 so she could hear it directly from me," Basden told CNN. "I truly doubt that she 'woke up to the news when everyone else did."The sale prevents Swift from owning the first six albums in her catalog. She told CBS Sunday Morning of her plans to re-record her earlier music.The public dispute that has followed since the sale has both sides finding their defenders. In an Instagram post, Justin Bieber, who is managed by Braun, appealed to Swift, saying, "I'm sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed." But he also took issue with Swift making the issue public, saying doing so to "get people to hate on scooter isn't fair." "What were you trying to accomplish by posting tRead More – Source
Taylor Swift says she’s not being allowed to perform her early music for AMAs
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