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Taylor Swift Is 'Sad & Grossed Out' That Scooter Braun Bought Her Master Recordings

Taylor Swift Is 'Sad & Grossed Out' That Scooter Braun Bought Her Master Recordings

Taylor Swift is reacting to the news that Scooter Braun has purchased her former label Big Machine Label Group.

It was announced on Sunday morning (June 30) that the music manager had bought the company for $300 million, including all of the master recordings from artists, past and present.

All of Taylor‘s albums and master recordings up until her soon to be released album Lover, are owned by Big Machine, and now Scooter, and the singer took to her Tumblr page to share her disgust.

“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was 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,” Taylor wrote. “I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums.”

“This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it,” she added.

Click inside to read Taylor Swift’s full Tumblr post…

ALSO CHECK OUT: Read Scooter Braun’s Statement Ahead of Being Called Out By Taylor Swift Over Big Machine Label Group Purchase

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  • HG

    You can love or hate Taylor and her music. But if someone as successful and big as her doesn’t have control over her material and is pushed around by others, I can’t imagine how it’s like for younger/smaller artists. So many artists who just want to create music are bullied and spit out by the industry. Many are even assaulted and harassed by these big wig business men.

  • quartzoup

    I’m soo surprised she is not one of the artists that own their own masters. And then it’s Beibers manager that owns them?? Damn…

  • person

    that’s fucked up he should just give her back her work and let her be

  • MyName

    She doesn’t own the material because she sold it for the money. She could have done without the millions and kept the songs in a spiral notebook. She had parents and an attorney helping with the details. even before she came of legal age.She was under the supervision of her parents and the industry and thus wasn’t out playing in bars and such all by herself. She is melodramatic. She should be grateful. She has no reason to complain. She didn’t mind the business while they were helping to create her career. There’s plenty of talented people who haven’t been as successful.

  • MyName

    She could have bought it back. The new owner purchased it as she could have.

  • Sabrina2322

    Taylor should never mention the Kim Kardashian recording because it does her no favors. She came out looking like a liar

  • HG

    From my understanding, the main reason she is upset is that she tried to purchase her masters a long time. She was willing to put up tons of her own money but Borchetta wouldn’t even hear it. So I think she was grateful of the what the label did for her but when it was time to part ways she was hurt that he wouldn’t even let her try to buy her own material because he wanted the money from another person, that person being someone he knew she had issues with already. Anyway, agree to disagree. My main thing was just observing how it’s easy to be pushed around when you’re young (not saying that’s exactly what happened to Taylor but in general with young artists.) No point arguing in a discussion thread. Haha :)

  • justno

    ummmm she tried that. “For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was 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.”

  • Aimee

    Did you even read?

  • MyName

    I read the article but not her comment. If it’s for sale then she can buy it. She can even have her attorney put together an offer for new owner.

  • MyName

    They couldn’t own what she hadn’t sold to them. She then was working with them per agreement. She had no issues with making the millions. She can now make an offer to the new owners. She should have remained on her own from the beginning or now accept the consequences which aren’t all that bad. A model is paid to pose for a photo and the photographer owns the photo or is contracted by a company. It’s business. She and her parents were well aware. The owners of the product have a right to sell to the person or persons of their choice.She was paid for her work. I guess artists, auto workers, chefs, etc. should be able to buy back their products just because they want to do so.

  • Aimee

    The company was for sale, not the music individually. She won’t buy an entire company (and neither can she because she has no experience nor time for that). The new owner is Scooter Braun who bullied her for years, you think he’s going to allow her to buy it? He however had the option to not buy her music options, however he purposely acquired them too so he could hold them hostage.

  • MyName

    If the individual music wasn’t for sale but the company was then one has to buy the company or deal with whatever the outcome is. She could have purchased the company or bought into it with other investors and then had execs running the daily operations. That happens. No one pays millions to play games. They do it to profit. Some of this may be silly social media promotions. She’ll be fine moving on from it. Many performers don’t own the rights to their music but have been well compensated.

  • imsn

    she wrote speak now all by herself and it was taken from her.

  • imsn

    lol

  • imsn

    BMR would be worth nothing if they gave Taylor back her masters, which is the reason why they didn’t give them back in the first place. Taylor knew BMR would be selling them. Taylor knows all of these things. I think the main takeaway here is calling people out when they hurt you, when they bully you. This decision did not sit well with Taylor not only because Scooter Braun now owned nearly all of the art she has produced over the past 13 years, but also because this is a man who has bullied her and other women in the industry, and she knew she had to fight back.

  • FnameLname

    your blatant hatred and contempt is showing and therefore clogging your logic.

  • parisjok

    but she will own the masters of her songs from here on out. every new artist get a very very poor deal. all of them. she is still a winner and a boss

  • tia maria

    Taylor sure does like to play the victim when things don’t go her way, she proved that with the whole Kanye/Kim situation,her feud with Katy Perry and now this. Instead a launching an attack on social media,she should have set up a meeting with Scooter Braun to talk things through and clear the air. There are two sides to every story.

  • Anna

    In the recording, she literally consents to everything and then turns around playing victim once it’s released. 🙄 It’s hard to take her serious now when she’s so two faced.

  • quartzoup

    i don’t understand what is stopping her from being a big girl and buying her masters back? At least draw up some proposals with her legal team, find solutions etc., instead of crying to internets about bad men doing bad deals. i thought she was also, a rich man…

  • MyName

    You obviously don’t know the meaning of the word “blatant”. I’ve only stated the facts. She was paid for the material. They then sold what they owned. I don’t hate her. I don’t care what she owns or doesn’t. I understand business. If you paint a picture and accept money for it then it belongs to the other party. They then can do whatever they want with it. You can ask to buy it but that’s the decision of the seller.

  • justno

    They.are.not.for.sale.

    What proposal is there to draw up? The company owned the masters, scoooooots bought the company, not just her masters. The masters were not offered to the highest bidder and Taylor lost, she wasn’t give the opportunity to buy them, only earn them back by resigning. If she did resign last year, Scooter would now have the most powerful woman in music on his roaster. and as we’ve seen today, all.pure.hell. would’ve broken loose.

  • MyName

    That’s the problem with today’s technology, that professionalism takes a backseat to social media image. There are said to be three sides to every story which are “Yours, mine, and the truth”.

  • Aimee

    Wow I wonder if someone dropped you as a child. That would explain a lot…

  • MyName

    I’m guessing you were thrown. How dare I post regarding the actual business part of it rather than acting like a silly fan. Some of you seem to believe it’s equivalent to her having colored a page from a coloring book and are upset because they won’t give it to her so her parents can put it on their refrigerator door.

  • Gina

    I feel bad that she doesn’t own her masters, but she throws the word “bullying” around so easily when some might argue that she has bullied others in the past (in more subtle and cunning ways). This girl is an expert at victimizing herself.

  • Chatty Kathy

    I don’t really care for Taylor but this is pretty F-ed up. Like why didn’t he just let her buy it for 300million.

  • Aimee

    No I was not thrown off, I was appalled that something as simple as this is SO hard for you to understand. It’s easy to say, “Oh why didn’t she just buy the company then? Why didn’t she buy her masters?” but do you not see that there was no opportunity GIVEN to buy those! Scott refused to give her the chance to buy her masters (leveraging them instead to get her to resign for a 10 year slave contract which would give BMR the ownership of the future records which means everything would be moot) and once she denied the contract offer, was given no other choice nor chance. And then to spite her for leaving the company, he sold the company and her masters to her bully. She can’t just BUY a company just like that, someone has to be willing to SELL it to her. But no, she wasn’t given any opportunity and that’s what the real issue here is. I’m not even a Taylor Swift fan here but after looking into what all the commotion was about, it’s outrageously obvious what is really going on here.

  • MyName

    I didn’t say thrown off but thrown as a child. I was using your own immature comment against you. I stated that she originally sold her music. She had no issues with that because it created her career. She later wanted to buy back her material. That happens only if the owner wants to sell. She could have purchased controlling interest in the company. If they wanted to sell then the price would have been all they cared about. Her father has three percent of the company. They could have purchased more. If not then she has to live with it as it is. She will be fine. She has been fine. Others have continued to do well without owning their songs.

  • quartzoup

    You didn’t answer my question. What is stopping her from offering a bid, doing a deal, holding talks? Does she have an inept team or something? Why is she so…unsavvy? It really baffles me, I assumed she was a boss in boardrooms, guess not.

  • MarcoPolo

    I agree. She made herself look like a victim and then there’s a recording of her saying “Oh, cool! Yeah, sure!” to the exact person who made the song.

  • MarcoPolo

    Too bad too, she doesn’t write good music like this anymore