'I Just Want To Perform My Own Music': Taylor Swift Rights Dispute Comes To A Head

15 November 2019 | 1:02 pm | Staff Writer

"I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music."

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Taylor Swift may not be allowed to perform any of her hits when she is presented Artist Of The Decade Award at this year’s American Music Awards.

In a Tumblr post titled, "Don't know what else to do," the American singer-songwriter has alleged Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun of Big Machine Label Group have said she is "not allowed to perform [her] old songs on television", as they believe it would constitute a re-recording of her music - something her ongoing contract with Big Machine forbids her to do until 2020. 

It comes following Swift's public condemnation of the sale of Big Machine from Borchetta to Braun, alleging that she was subject to years of "incessant, manipulative bullying".

Braun now owns the masters of all Swift's releases prior to her signing with Universal last November. She intends on re-recording her first six albums once her contract expires in November 2020.

"I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music," Swift continued on Tumblr today, also revealing details about a forthcoming Netflix documentary about her life. 

"Additionally - and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news - Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years," she said. 

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"Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film."

Swift called on other artists represented by Braun (including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Carl Rae Jepsen and Demi Lovato) "for their help on 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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