On Sunday, June 30, Taylor Swift took to her Tumblr page to express her sorrow about the new rights and ownership of her music. She explained that music manager Scooter Braun will soon own the entire catalogue of her music and she is "grossed out" by that. The singer wrote, in part:
"For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and 'earn' one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, [Big Machine founder] Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past."
Taylor then brought in Scooter's part: "Some fun facts about today's news: I learned about Scooter Braun's purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I've received at his hands for years."
Scooters represents artists such as Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Justin Bieber. Bieber was quick to defend his manager, taking to Instagram yesterday to write:
"Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you. As the years have passed we haven't crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on [S]cooter isn't fair."
Braun's wife, Yael Cohen Braun, also jumped in to defend her husband, saying Taylor was given the opportunity to buy her masters but passed. "And girl, who are you talking about bullying?... My husband is anything but a bully, he's spent his life standing up for people and causes he believes in," she added.
But others have jumped to Taylor's defense. Halsey was quick to get involved, explaining the "ME!" singer has been an inspiration to her.
Even Selena Gomez's mom, Mandy Teefy, gave Taylor a shout-out on Instagram, sharing her support for the singer and tagging Yael to invite her to a "mom to mom meeting in private."
In November, Taylor Swift left Big Machine Music and joined Universal Music Group, meaning Braun will not have any legal claim over her upcoming album, Lover, or her new singles.
[h/t: E! News]