- Singer Taylor Swift and record label owner Scooter Braun have been at odds since Braun’s purchase of the rights to Swift’s first six albums.
- The feud has been happening via social media platforms for months.
- Braun and Swift both have different stories about what’s going on in terms of her music.
NEW YORK – The Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift battle continues ala Limp Bizkit’s “It’s All About The He Said She Said…” This public feud has been an ongoing situation through various social media platforms since June. It was at that time that the news broke about Braun paying $300 million to music label Big Machine for the rights to Swift’s first six albums. Big Machine used to be the label Swift had a contract with when the albums were recorded.
Bovada Sportsbook has listed a prop bet on the feud. The exact wager questions whether or not Braun and Swift will find common ground before the end of 2020. “No” (-320) is the favored result with “Yes” (+210) being the underdog. The fight continues to rage on and it’s already December. The favorable pick on this wager by sportsbooks seems to be the best bet.
According to Taylor Swift, since her songs were purchased by Braun, she has been banned from performing any of them. She took to social media and wrote a very long post discussing the problems she’s been facing since June. She calls out both Scooter Braun and chief executive of Big Machine, Scott Borchetta for enforcing these bans on music that should be hers as they had no hand in making any of it.
“This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.” Swift wrote on her Tumblr page.
She went on to say that she has tried to work things out and resolve the problem privately with her team. However, according to Braun, no such meetings have taken place. Since that post on November 14, Braun and his family have been on the receiving end of multiple death threats from “Swifties”. He is now pleading with Swift through Instagram for a resolution to this problem as his family and the families of others involved are now being threatened.
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While Swift maintains that she will not be able to sing any of her old songs at any time she wishes to, Braun says she can perform whatever she wants, whenever she wants. He implies that he has never personally said anything to the contrary and neither has her old label.
"At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere,” said Big Machine to ET Friday.
The label also released a statement on Sunday to ET stating that Dick Clark Productions and the company came to an agreement for Taylor Swift’s performance playlist for the AMAs.
"The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms. This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances," read the statement. "It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media. Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists' audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed."
Dick Clark Productions said that they came to no such agreement with the record label nor were they part of the statement that was released. With both sides saying different things, it’s hard to believe which is telling the truth. But the fact that the record label released a statement about a discussion that never occurred with Dick Clark Productions gives their story about Taylor Swift less credibility.
Due to the death threats that are now happening because of the public feud, hopefully, this problem can be resolved before anything escalates further. Until then, the wager listed on Bovada remains up for bettors to take a side on the issue.
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