Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid & More Defend Taylor Swift In Feud With Ex-Label
By Hayden Brooks
November 15, 2019
Celebrities have come forward to defend Taylor Swift against Scooter Braun and Big Machine Label co-founder Scott Borchetta regarding her claims that they've blocked her from performing her old hits at the AMAs and from using the tracks in an upcoming Netflix documentary.
As you know, Swift, 29, previously took to her social media platforms, to share her disappointment that her former record label had sold her master recordings for $300 million to Braun. Swift admitted that she was going to re-record her first six album when she was legally allowed to do so in November 2020. However, the story took a turn on Thursday (November 15) when Swift went public with claims that the business men were holding her music hostage and blocking her from performing her old material, particularly at the upcoming AMA ceremony.
Big Machine denied the story, declaring that they "do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere." Additionally, they declared that they "have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward." Shortly after, Swift's rep, Tree Paine, hit back, saying, "The truth is, on October 28, 2019 at 5:17 p.m., the Vice President, Rights Management and Business Affairs from Big Machine Label Group sent Taylor Swift’s team the following: ‘Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licences for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects: The Netflix documentary and The Ablibaba "Double Eleven” event.'"
Updates are bound to continue from here but, in the meantime, Swift's friends, including Selena Gomez, Halsey, Gigi Hadid and more, have come forward to defend the star. Scroll on below to see what they had to say!
📸 | Selena Gomez via Instagram Story #IStandWithTaylor:— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSUpdatesNYBU) November 15, 2019
“No respect for the words my friend has written since she was a 14 year old. You’ve robbed & crushed 1 of our best songwriters of our time an opportunity to celebrate all of her music with the fans & the world.” pic.twitter.com/zJCmWNToRJ
Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is 🙏🙏— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 15, 2019
Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!
artist trust labels. It’s supposed to be a healthy symbiosis. You have holidays with these people. dinners. deaths. Watch babies be born. They watch your lowest lows and highest highs. Sometimes things are unspoken. Legal doesn’t mean moral or ethical.— h (@halsey) November 15, 2019
That’s all I’m gonna say on that for now.— h (@halsey) November 15, 2019
You shouldn’t have to live in fear of protecting yourself from the people who are supposed to be on your side. And most young, wide eyed artists, don’t have the foresight to think they will need to. And it’s sad they would ever need to..— h (@halsey) November 15, 2019
Scooter and Scott sold Carlyle Group on false premise: Taylor would cooperate on them buying her catalogue. She will not. This is a disaster for them. As businessmen they have to cut their losses and sell Taylor back her catalogue, otherwise it's negligence to their investors.— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) November 15, 2019
It genuinely genuinely makes me sick to my stomach— TINASHE (@Tinashe) November 15, 2019
Taylor Swift is always championing other artists and artists’ rights. It’s so disheartening to see so many big name musicians stay quiet tonight. Especially those that are her friends! Just liking a tweet is not enough!!— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) November 15, 2019
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