Taylor Swift slams Scooter Braun as he sells rights to album masters ‘without her knowledge’
Taylor Swift has hit out at music mogul Scooter Braun as he’s sold the master rights to her first six albums to investment firm Shamrock Holdings for a reported £226m – without her knowledge
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Taylor Swift has slammed Scooter Braun for selling the master rights to her first six albums in a reported £226 million deal.
The Shake It Off songstress, 30, revealed on Monday that her music has been sold to investment firm Shamrock Holdings.
The pop star said it was the second time her music has been sold without her knowledge by the music mogul – who attempted to silence her with an NDA.
Furious by his actions, Taylor took to Twitter to clear things up for her 87.5million fans after they questioned her over the sale of her old master recordings.
The star revealed Scooter has sold the music to the private equity company and she was denied the chance to buy back her master tapes.
Taylor wrote in her letter that his legal team wanted her to “sign an ironclad NDA stating I would never say another word about Scooter Braun unless it was positive”, before she and her team could look at the financial information in order to buy the music back so she could regain control over the rights to her albums.
Taylor added: “So I would have to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work.”
“My legal team said that this is absolutely NOT normal and they have never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off.”
Fans said they were “proud of her” for fighting back after adding she has started to re-record her older music and it has been an “exciting and creatively fulfilling” journey for her.
For transparency, Taylor also shared a letter of response from October, in which she replied back to the company.
The pair have been battling over her album right since 2019, when he purchased her old record label.
Scooter and his team bought Big Machine Label Group and controlled all the music she released under the label, including her first six albums.
It included the master rights to Taylor’s early work along with it.
At the time Scooter bought the music catalogue, Taylor claimed it was her “worst case scenario” as the news broke and she posted an angry letter to her fans on Tumblr.
Taylor claimed she felt disappointed by the transaction not only because it stopped her from owning her own catalogue, but because of who was purchasing the rights to her music.
In the post, she alleged why her former manager acquiring her catalogue was hurtful.
She penned: “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.”
Scooter responded to her claims at the time by posting a lengthy Instagram message to his page, saying: “While I am frustrated with your accusations and respectfully disagree with many of your statements, it is important that I am clear – no artist should ever feel cornered or bullied. I have spent my entire career in service of creatives and artists, never the other way around.
“As the world now knows you can and should perform any song you would like at the AMAs. I have never and would never say otherwise. You do not need anyone’s permission to do so legally but I am stating it here clearly and publicly so there is no more debate or confusion.”
Mirror Online has contacted Scooter’s representative for comment.