Taylor Swift is claiming that her former record label is refusing to allow her to perform a career-spanning medley of songs on the American Music Awards.
The 29-year-old pop star also says that the label would not allow the use of her older music or performance footage in a Netflix documentary about her life, either.
It’s her music, so shouldn’t she be allowed to do whatever she wants with it?
Taylor Swift is scheduled to perform at the 47th annual American Music Awards, happening on November 24th this year, where the “Shake it Off” hitmaker will also be honored with the Artist of the Decade Award.
She had been planning a performance celebrating the biggest hits of her 13-year career with a medley of songs, but now it seems like those plans might be coming to a halt.
Taylor told fans that her appearance is now in doubt, thanks to the executives at her old label. She says that they won’t allow her to perform her greatest hits on television, accusing them of exercising “tyrannical control” over her music.
The label in question is Big Machine Label Group in Nashville, Tennessee. The record label, where Taylor signed her first deal at age 15, owns the master recordings of Taylor’s older songs. Taylor left the label last November for Universal Music Group, where she released her newest album, Lover.
Big Machine was recently acquired by Scooter Braun, a longtime T-Swift nemesis whom she labeled a “bully.” When he purchased Big Machine for $300 million, he took control of the masters of Taylor’s first six albums.
The ongoing public feud between Taylor’s Twitter and her old label is exactly the kind of drama that makes me thankful for internet service. I’ll grab the popcorn if you’ll get us some bottled water!
Taylor posted on Twitter saying that both Braun and Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta are blocking her from performing her older songs on television because “they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”
She also mentioned that they declined to allow her to use any older music or performance footage in a Netflix documentary being made about her life over the past few years.
But Big Machine released a statement in response, saying, “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,” adding that the company has “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.”
Is Tay-Tay manufacturing drama, or is her old label really playing keep-away with her back catalog? You’ll have to tune in to the AMAs to find out!