Taylor Swift has revealed plans to re-record her entire catalog to take back control of her masters.
Taylor Swift freaked out a few weeks back after discovering her Scooter Braun had acquired the master rights to her first six albums. She reportedly called it her “worst case scenario“. In a new report by THR, Taylor during an interview with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday Morning was asked if she will re-record her music in response to the deal, and she said, “Oh yeah“. Smith further asked the singer if that is a plan to which she responds, “Absolutely“.
Taylor’s upcoming album, Lover is scheduled for release on Friday, August 23. The album would be her first at her new label, Republic Records.
On June 30, Scooter Braun‘s Ithaca Holdings LLC announced that it had acquired Taylor‘s Former label, Big Machine Label Group in a deal that gives them the rights over Taylor‘s first 6 albums. When Taylor found out about the acquisition she wrote a long note detailing her worst fears and years of alleged bullying at the hands of Braun. Here’s an excerpt;
“This is what happens when you sign a deal at 15 to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value,’ he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.
When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.”