Taylor Swift has been involved in a long-running battle with her former record company Big Machine Group and Scooter Braun over the rights to some of her biggest songs.
The singer had wanted to buy back the masters of her songs, but she now says she could not agree to the terms they were looking for.
In a lengthy statement on Twitter, Taylor explained the situation to fans keeping them updated on the dramatic feud.
The Shake It Off singer explained that Scooter’s team wanted her to sign a very tight non-disclosure agreement which would prevent her from saying anything bad about him ever again.
“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,” she revealed.
“My legal team said that this is absolutely NOT normal, and they’ve never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off.”
She then found out that a different company Shamrock Holdings had bought all her material from Scooter. Initially she had wanted to work with them but when she found out Scooter was still involved she said she could not.
“I was hopeful and open to the possibility of a partnership with Shamrock, but Scooter’s involvement is a non-starter for me.”
Been getting a lot of questions about the recent sale of my old masters. I hope this clears things up. pic.twitter.com/sscKXp2ibD
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 16, 2020
Now, her only option is to re-record those tracks that Shamrock now owns, so that fans can listen and purchase these versions instead, giving her back some control.
The singer revealed that she has begun recording these new versions of the songs and says that she has been enjoying it writing: “it has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling”.
Tay then added that there will be something exciting waiting for fans too!
She wrote: “I have plenty of surprises in store for you… I can’t wait for you to hear what I’ve been dreaming up.”
We’re so excited to hear what Taylor has in store and we’re sure it’ll be really special no matter what it is!
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