Taylor Swift is now legally able to re-record her first five albums after trouble with Big Machine Label Group and Scooter Braun.
Last year, Scooter Braun, entrepreneur and record executive with a net worth of about $400 million, gained ownership of Taylor Swift’s first five albums in a $300 million deal with Big Machine Label Group. Scooter Braun also manages popular artists such as Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and The Zac Brown Band. Swift publicly called out Braun and Big Machine for taking ownership of her music. The ownership of Swift’s arguably most influential albums, her massive, world-wide following called for change.
Swift has planned on re-recording her first five albums, Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, and 1989, since August of 2019. Once Swift legally gained access to do so in November of 2020, her fans have been patiently waiting for the day to come. The hashtag “TaylorIsFree” began trending on Twitter yesterday as well.
Swift feels very passionately that “artists deserve to own their work.” Finally, after her unjust contract under Scott Borchetta, owner of Big Machine Label Group, Taylor finally owns her own music and has the ability to re-record her first five albums. Swift accused Borchetta of ‘manipulative bullying’ during her many years under his management and was ‘grossed out’ by his taking advantage of other artists. Borchetta later released a statement defending his label and dismissing Swift’s remarks.
Taylor Swift has one of the largest and most passionate fan base in music. Many of her fans grew up on the music from her first five albums and have been loyal throughout her career to watch not only her music, but also Taylor as an artist and person grow. According to Officialcharts.com, eleven out of Taylor Swift’s top twenty songs of all time have been from her first five albums. These albums sparked the amazingly successful career that she has today. Taylor Swift is now estimated to be worth more than $360 Million.
Information Courtesy of People.com and Officialcharts.com