Taylor Swift has accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of holding her music hostage

“Maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.”

November 14, 2019
Taylor Swift has accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of holding her music hostage Taylor   Kevin Winter / Getty

In an extensive statement published on social media, Taylor Swift claims that Scott Borchetta, the head of her former record label, and Scooter Braun—who bought the master rights to her first six albums earlier this year— are not allowing her to use any of her old songs in a forthcoming Netflix documentary about her, or in performance at this year’s American Music Awards. Borchetta and Braun will only allow her to make use of her music if she agrees not to re-record the songs they own, and if she stops speaking out about them, Swift claims. (Earlier this year, she published a similarly impassioned statement against Braun and his acquisition of her master recordings.)

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“Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work,” she writes. “Please ask them for help with this — I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.”



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Taylor Swift has accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of holding her music hostage