Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun during her acceptance speech at the Billboard Woman of the Decade Event where she was honored.
The singer, 30, has been publicly feuding with Braun since she claimed his purchase of Big Machine (and with it, the rights to her first six albums) came as an unwelcome surprise.
The drama continued Thursday when Swift informed her fans that her “former label is putting out an ‘album’ of live performances of mine tonight” without consent.
“I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me,” Swift wrote in a lengthy message posted to her Instagram Story.
‘Toxic male privilege’: Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun at Billboard’s Women in Music Event
Swift appears to be referring to the album “Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008,” which eagle-eyed Swifties recently noticed on the pop star’s streaming service profiles, including Spotify. The album’s release date is listed as 2017, but Swift said that’s not accurate.
“This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18,” Swift wrote. “Big Machine has listed the date as a 2017 release but they’re actually releasing it at midnight.”
Swift slammed the move as “tasteless” and “very transparent,” saying it’s “just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus.”
The Grammy winner singled out Braun, who she previously called an “incessant, manipulative bully,” and his associates, saying the new album is a sign of desperation.
“It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 MILLION for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money.”
USA TODAY reached out to Braun for comment.
In a lengthy Tumblr post in July 2019, Swift called Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine and her masters her “worst case scenario.” She said it’s an example of Braun “controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated” with him.
Braun and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta slammed Swift’s comments, arguing she actually did have prior knowledge of the sale and did not “learn about it as it was announced to the world,” as she wrote in the post.
Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko
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