Robert: Taylor Swift prohibited from performing her own music

Taylor Swift has spent a good portion of 2019 fighting for ownership and control of her own music, and the battle has taken an odd turn.

Yesterday the pop star took to social media and revealed that her performance at the American Music Awards was in jeopardy after being told she is prohibited from performing any songs from the portion of her catalogue owned by businessman and music industry exec Scooter Braun.

Braun acquired ownership of Swift’s first six albums, ranging from her 2006 self-titled debut to 2017’s Reputation, when he purchased Swift’s old record label, Big Machine Records from record executive Scott Borchetta.

“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” Swift wrote.

She also spoke of a future documentary for Netflix that is suffering for similar reasons. “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.”

She continues that Braun’s lawyers will agree to let her use and perform her music if she agrees not to re-record any of her albums owned by him. A technical legal loophole that would see Swift have claim to her own music.

Swift concluded that she will not back down from this issue. “This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans.”

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