Just weeks before the release of her seventh studio album, Lover, she was thrown in at the deep end when she learned that Scooter Braun had bought her six former records from Scott Borchetta, the founder of her previous label, Big Machine Records.
And on Sunday, Taylor saw Swift confirm again that she would re-record her songs next year once the contract was over.
Speaking with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday, the 29-year-old music sensation revealed that it only discovered the $ 300 million secret deal when it was online news.
Blindsided: Taylor Swift was soon able to bully Scooter Braun and her former founder of the record label Scott Borchetta on Sunday & # 39; when she revealed she only heard of their $ 300 million deal online
& # 39; I found out when it was online, for example when it came in the news, & # 39; she said.
When asked if someone in her inner circle was aware or if someone could smell the deal that was brewing, Taylor replied confidently: & # 39; no & # 39 ;.
The Lover singer also said she knew there would be a sale in the future, but was blinded to hear that it was Scooter on the other side of the deal.
Shocked: & # 39; I knew he (Scott Borchetta) would sell my music, I knew he would & # 39 ;, she started. & # 39; I couldn't believe who he sold it to, because we've had endless conversations about Scooter Braun and he has 300 million reasons to easily forget those conversations & # 39;
& # 39; I knew he (Scott Borchetta) would sell my music, I knew he would, & # 39; she began.
& # 39; I couldn't believe who he sold it to, because we've had endless conversations about Scooter Braun and he has 300 million reasons to easily forget those conversations. & # 39;
And when asked if she could re-record her masters, a visibly shocked and emotional Taylor came up with a big smile on her face.
That would be a & # 39; Yes & # 39; to be! And when asked if she could re-record her masters, a visibly shocked and emotional Taylor came up with a big smile on her face
Sold: Scott made a $ 300 million deal with Scooter Braun (photo 2019) to sell him Big Machine Records – the company that owns the masters of the first six albums of Taylor Swift
& # 39; Oh yes! & # 39; she answered and agreed that that was actually the plan.
The confession of the Archer singer comes after she told Robin Roberts Thursday at Good Morning America that she would be back in the studio from November 2020 to recoup the rights to her work.
& # 39; I am very excited about it because my contract says that from November 2020, so next year, I can re-record albums 1-5 & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; I am very excited about it, because I think artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionate about it. & # 39;
Better days: Scott set up Big Machine Records in 2005 and acquired a then teenage Taylor Swift as the first customer (shown in 2011)
Back to the studio: the confession of the Archer singer comes after she told Robin Roberts Thursday at Good Morning America that she would be back in the studio from November 2020 to earn the rights to her work
Sincerely? And while Taylor has continued to show that she is never bothered with & # 39; bully & # 39; Scooter Braun wants to work or has something to do with him, the manager of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande went to Twitter on Thursday to congratulate the singer on her new album
It is not certain when she will be contractually given the opportunity to re-record her sixth album, Reputation.
It is also unknown the specific clauses in the contract in terms of how different the numbers should sound from the originals.
And while Taylor has continued to show that she is never bothered with & # 39; bully & # 39; Scooter Braun wants to work or wants to have something to do with him, the manager of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande went to Twitter on Thursday to congratulate the singer on her new album.
& # 39; Regardless of what has been said, the truth is that you are not making big bets unless you are and have always been a believer. Brilliant album with #Lover. Congrats. Support was always the healthier option #brilliantalbum #brilliantcampaign congratulations, & he tweeted, many Swifties were not impressed at all.
Taylor Swift & # 39; s statement about Scooter Braun
For years I asked, argued for an opportunity to own my work. Instead, I had the opportunity to sign up for Big Machine Records and earn one album at a time & # 39; & # 39 ;, one for every new one I submitted. I walked away because I knew that as soon as I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the unbearable choice to leave my past behind. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos that I came up with and paid for the money I earned playing in bars, then in clubs, then in arenas, and then in stadiums.
Some fun facts about today's news: I learned about Scooter Braun & # 39; s purchase from my masters as it was announced to the world. The only thing I could think of was the incessant, manipulative bullying that had been on my hands for years.
Such as when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded excerpt from a phone call to be leaked and when Scooter brought his two customers together to bully me about it online. (See photo) Or when his client, Kanye West, organized a revenge porn music video that bared my body. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life's work, that I have not had the opportunity to buy. In essence, my musical legacy is about to be in the hands of someone trying to dismantle it.
This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you close a deal at fifteen for someone for whom the term & # 39; loyalty & # 39; clearly only a contractual concept. And when that man says: & # 39; Music has value & # 39 ;, he means that its value is borne by men who have not played a role in making it.
When I left my masters in the hands of Scott, I made peace with the fact that he would eventually sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I think the buyer would be Scooter. Every time Scott Borchetta uses the words & # 39; Scooter Braun & # 39; heard my lips escape, was it when I cried or tried not to do it. He knew what he was doing; they both did it. Mastery of a woman who did not want to be associated with them. Forever. That means forever.
Fortunately I am now registered with a label that believes that I must own everything that I make. Fortunately I left my past in the hands of Scott and not my future. And hopefully young artists or children with musical dreams will read this and learn how to better protect themselves during a negotiation. You deserve to own the art that you create.
I will always be proud of my earlier work. But for a healthier option, Lover comes out on August 23.
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