A new Taylor Swift album dropped last night, but it’s not filled with new music and it’s not Taylor-approved at all. It came from her newest arch-rivals, Big Machine Records, and Taylor let her fans know that the live album is old shit and is a shameless money grab from Big Machine’s new owner, Scooter Braun, and his investors. And Taylor even name-dropped the Soros family.
Scooter’s now got bigger problems than coronavirus: The Swifties! They have heard the call of their squad boss and now know where to point the rat-emoji cannons.
Last year, Scooter bought Big Machine for $300 million and that purchases included the masters of most of Taylor Swift’s albums. This prompted a long fight over who was lying about specifics and if Taylor was blocked from performing songs live. Scooter allegedly got death threats over it, Big Machine Records had to close their offices for one day over the threats, and Taylor got support from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren. Taylor is now back in the ring for round 56,940 with Big Machine. And the good news for Big Machine is that they don’t have to worry about clearing their offices over death threats from rage-filled 13-year-olds because their offices are probably closed from coronavirus anyway.
Entertainment Weekly says that Taylor told her millions of followers in an Instagram Story that Scooter is a tasteless greed monster for trying to make a return on his investment during this time of corona. The definition of “shameless greed” may have looked at Taylor like, “Er, you do know that you and I know each other well?”
“Hey guys–I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an “album” of live performances of mine tonight. This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18. Big Machine has listed the date as a 2017 release but they’re actually releasing it tonight at midnight.
I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me. It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 MILLION for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money.
In my opinion… Just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.”
.@TaylorSwift13 says her former label is releasing an album of live performances from 2008 TONIGHT without her approval:
“Just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.” pic.twitter.com/hDSDJA3pYF
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 23, 2020
She really dragged Scooter and his Soros family connections. Clearly this is a Fox News conspiracy waiting to happen! I do love that she completely dismissed every other artist on Big Machine Records by acting like only her music was purchased. But I have to give her major points for being self-aware enough to know that $330 million is too much money for her songs. Kanye West would be like, “There’s a few zeroes missing in that number, right?”