Big Machine Denies Taylor Swift’s Claims, Taylor Fights Back

As we previously told you, Taylor Swift recently went public about her ongoing feud with Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, claiming they won’t allow her to perform her old songs on the American Music Awards, and they’ve refused to okay the use of her music in an upcoming Netflix documentary. Well, now the two men have fired back.

In a statement they say they are “shocked” by Taylor’s claims, noting, “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special.” They also add, “we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere,” and they insist that since her departure from Big Machine Label Group they “have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.”

They also claim Taylor owes them “millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company,” and suggests they almost had a deal to settle all their issues before Taylor “made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families.”

They added, “Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation.”

But Taylor’s rep is shooting down their statement, and even provided emails proving that Big Machine denied her license request for the AMAs, Netflix and even her recent Alibaba Singles day concert. The rep notes that Taylor stuck to songs from “Lover” because of the denial. The rep adds, “Scott Borchetta… flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix.” They also deny suggestions Taylor owes the label money, and adds the label actually owes her “$7.9 million of unpaid royalties over several years.”

As for those possible threats to Braun and Borchetta, one report claimed Braun’s Nashville office was closed Friday because of threats received based on Taylor’s post. The Blast claims in one instance a “voicemail was left for an employee with their exact address and a threat to kill them at their home,” while another person threatened to “shoot up the place.”

Source: Rolling Stone


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