Taylor Swift Has Something To Say About Scooter Braun Selling Her Old Masters

November 17, 2020 / Posted by:

Yesterday it was reported that Scooter Braun finally did what Taylor Swift was asking someone to do for a while now, which is that he sold her old song masters from her first six albums. The bad news is, he didn’t sell them to her, like she wanted. Scooter’s company Ithaca Holdings sold the masters to a company called Shamrock Holdings for anywhere from $300 million to as high as $450 million. Scooter initially became the owner of her masters in July 2019, after he purchased the Big Machine record label for $300 million.

Naturally, I assumed that Taylor would respond to this news by tearing apart a vintage cross-stitch pillow featuring the Hang In There kitty, before retiring to her studio for 9 months to write a 20-song album titled Deals with the Devil or Dirty Money or something equally biting. Only time will tell if Taylor will ever drag Scooter through song, but for right now, we’ve got Taylor reacting to the news by jumping on Twitter and dragging Scooter.

Taylor claims that she tried for years to buy her masters, but that Big Machine wouldn’t do that unless she signed a contract for more albums, which she wasn’t into (which is likely the number one reason why she bailed on Big Machine and signed with Universal Music Group). She also accused Big Machine and Scooter Braun of making it hard to profit off her old catalog. Taylor has claimed that she plans to re-record all her old masters so that she can officially own her songs. After the news came out of Scooter selling the masters to six of Taylor’s albums, she gave her side of the sale:

Lord, the type is too small! Here’s essentially what she says in both of those notes. Taylor says that her team was actively trying to work with Scooter’s team so that she could purchase the masters. However, before she even got to see Big Machine’s financials, she had to agree to sign an NDA promising she’s never say anything bad about him ever again. Taylor says she wasn’t interested, and she claims her team told her the NDA deal was bullshit. Some time went by, and Taylor says she was surprised with a letter from Shamrock Holdings, informing her that they now owned her old masters. She also claims that Shamrock informed her that they wanted to give her the heads-up before the deal went through, but that Scooter forbade them to do so, or he’d cancel the sale.

Taylor also included a copy of the letter she sent to Shamrock Holdings, which communicates that she was excited about the idea of working with people who valued artists and their music, but that she learned the deal would still benefit Scooter Braun, so she’s not so excited about it. According to Taylor’s response letter, Scooter and Ithaca Holdings would still profit off her work, even though Shamrock Holdings owns the masters (as per a stipulation in the sale contract). So she has decided not to work with them or cooperate with them in any way, and she hopes they understand. Shamrock gave Billboard this statement about the sale:

“Taylor Swift is a transcendent artist with a timeless catalog. We made this investment because we believe in the immense value and opportunity that comes with her work. We fully respect and support her decision and, while we hoped to formally partner, we also knew this was a possible outcome that we considered. We appreciate Taylor’s open communication and professionalism with us these last few weeks. We hope to partner with her in new ways moving forward and remain committed to investing with artists in their work.”

Taylor says she has begun re-recording all her old songs, adding that it has been “exciting and creatively fulfilling.”

I get why Taylor wouldn’t have wanted to sign a weird NDA in exchange for the chance to bid on her work. Imagine having to say nothing but good words about the man who unleashed Justin Bieber onto all of us? But I think this would have gone differently had Scooter asked for an NDA in exchange for the guarantee that he’d sell Taylor her masters. Because Taylor would have to keep her mouth shut whenever asked about Scooter Braun, but at least she’d have her songs. Plus, if she ever felt like she had shit to say about Scooter, she could just leave the dirty work to Todrick Hall. It would be a win-win all around, really.

Pics: Wenn.com

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