Taylor Swift took a break from promoting Lover and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights to drop a massive bombshell. Last night, she released a lengthy statement on her Tumblr account, responding to news that music manager Scooter Braun acquired her former music label, Big Machine Records. Hence, owning her whole music catalog from her debut self-titled album until her latest, Reputation.
Billboard reported that Scooter bought the label from Scott Borchetta for over $300 million. When the deal is completed, both Scooter and Scott will have an “independent music company powerhouse” that includes talents like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Lady Antebellum, and Reba McEntire. Even though Taylor had already moved to Universal Music Group, Big Machine still has the rights to ALL her music pre-Lover.
In her post, Taylor said she’s “pleaded for a chance to own my music,” and that she left Big Machine because she knew Scott would eventually sell the label—bringing her down with him. “I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past. Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums,” she wrote.
She also opened up about Scooter’s alleged bullying, citing he orchestrated the rifts between Taylor and the Wests. She also indirectly calls out Justin Bieber for his “what up” post in 2016 by using the screenshot as her post’s header.
After Taylor released her statement, many of the involved posted as well to rebuke her claims. But what’s gaining the most traction is Justin’s apology-slash-callout.
In an Instagram post, Justin apologized for the “hurtful Instagram post” in 2016. He later went after Taylor for accusing Scooter in her Tumblr post. “Neither [Scooter] or I have anything negative to say about you, we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this, but when you try and deface someone I [love’s] character, thats crossing a line,” he wrote.
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Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. 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 scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and i love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..
Several fans weren’t buying Justin’s defense of his longtime manager. If proven true, Scooter’s move to acquire Big Machine and Taylor’s music could be seen as downright shady.
But the biggest criticism came from Taylor’s friend, Cara Delevingne. This is what she commented on Justin’s post: “I wish you spent less time sticking up for men and more time trying to understand women and respecting their valid reactions. As a married man, you should be lifting women up instead of tearing them down because you are threatened.”
Last May, Justin made a post supporting Chris Brown, saying people will only give him the credit he deserves once he’s dead. This came in bad taste since it came a few months after Chris was accused of rape in Paris. He also released a shirt to mock the alleged victim.
As of late May, Chris skipped a meeting with the woman. Lawyer Jean-Marc Descoubes said if the singer fails to appear a second time, they will use a warrant to get him to show up.
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everyone wants to wait til people die To give them the credit they deserve. I’m calling it now when CB passes away after a long full life, you will miss what you had in front of you the whole time … trust me watch you will see. the people who have over looked this mans talent … you need to reevaluate! Love you @chrisbrownofficial
Not only that, Justin also defended Kanye West’s controversial comments on Black slavery. In case you forgot: Kanye, who is a Black man and also happens to be friends with Pres. Trump, said in an interview last year, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years [that] sounds like a choice.” Justin later posted on Instagram Stories, basically telling everyone to excuse the rapper’s oppressive comments.
So there is truth in Cara’s comment that Justin is most likely standing up for problematic men, when he shouldn’t. This was underlined by the fact that Justin deleted her comment. Guilty, much?
Back to Taylor: It’s true she’s made questionable decisions in the past (see: perceived white feminism)—Scooter’s wife, Yael Cohen Braun also brought up how she would “drop friends like wilted flowers.” She also claimed Taylor passed on buying her masters and that she was previously notified.
Regardless of whether Scooter did this to smite her or not, no artist should be screwed over for their hard work. We’re not just speaking for big-time artists like Taylor Swift, but also smaller talents that are still finding their footing in the creative world.
Lastly, we hope Justin takes Cara’s advice to “take a step back and try and learn from this.” He’s an artist too, he should at least be empathetic in this situation.
Photo courtesy of Justin Bieber’s Instagram account
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