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Entertainment Comment:Was Taylor Swift really banned from playing her hits?

14:05  19 november  2019
14:05  19 november  2019 Source:   bbc.com

Taylor Swift says Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta are blocking her from playing old hits at AMAs

  Taylor Swift says Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta are blocking her from playing old hits at AMAs Taylor Swift has taken to social media to tell fans that Scott Borchetta, her former label head at Big Machine Records, and his new partner Scooter Braun are trying to nix her plans for the American Music Awards.Swift made the surprising allegations in posts on her Instagram story, Facebook and Twitter — the latter under the caption: "Don't know what else to do.

She wanted to play a medley of her hits at Sunday's American Music Awards but her old record label had forbidden it. Or so she claimed. Image caption Taylor Swift 's fans paid for billboards supporting the star to appear outside the headquarters of Big Machine Records.

Taylor Swift says the Big Machine Label Group is blocking her performance of older songs at the American Music Awards. At hand are two questions: first, whether or not Big Machine is actually trying to block Swift from performing pre-2019 hits onstage at the awards show on November 24th.

Taylor Swift standing in front of a window: Taylor Swift is due to be awarded Artist of the Decade at Sunday's American Music Awards© Getty Images Taylor Swift is due to be awarded Artist of the Decade at Sunday's American Music Awards

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"I don't know what else to do," declared Taylor Swift in a lengthy Twitter post last week. "I just want to be able to perform my own music."

The star was distressed and upset. She wanted to play a medley of her hits at Sunday's American Music Awards but her old record label had forbidden it.

Or so she claimed. The label hit back with a statement of its own, saying it hadn't tried to stop the show and that Swift's narrative "does not exist".

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Taylor Swift Claims She Can't Play Hits at AMAs Unless She Ceases Rerecording Her Masters. At hand are two questions: first, whether or not Big Machine is actually trying to block Swift from performing pre-2019 hits onstage at the awards show on November 24th.

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Insults were traded, politicians weighed in and, eventually, a settlement was reached.

Big Machine Records issued a statement on Monday night saying it had agreed "to grant all licenses of their artists' performances" for "the upcoming American Music Awards".

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It didn't mention Swift by name but the implication was clear: Her performance could go ahead.

But the second half of the statement was the really interesting part.

"It should be noted," said the label, "that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media.

"Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists' audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed."

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Play Video. “Who is Taylor Swift voting for?” was a top search on Google. She inched closer to revealing a liberal orientation when she tweeted One writer called her comments a “craven” way of “reducing the political protest to a girl power party”. Mainstream Republicans were also displeased, posting a response promising she would not be able to, in the words of one of her hits , “shake it off”.

Taylor Swift looked to have succeeded in being permitted to perform her own back catalogue of music at the American Music Awards this Sunday - only for The spat came to light last week when Taylor tweeted about the refusal from Big Machine to allow her to perform a medley of her hits when she's

a sign on the side of a building: Taylor Swift's fans paid for billboards supporting the star to appear outside the headquarters of Big Machine Records© Twitter / HSpalding13 Taylor Swift's fans paid for billboards supporting the star to appear outside the headquarters of Big Machine Records

In other words, Swift never needed permission to play hits like Shake It Off, Love Story or I Knew You Were Trouble at the AMAs. What she couldn't do was put them on YouTube afterwards.

And that matters.

Last year, 6.5 million viewers tuned in watch the AMAs on television, down from 9.15 million a year earlier, but clips from the show went viral online. Cardi B's carnivalesque performance of I Like It has racked up 28m views on YouTube alone, for example.

But there's a difference between playing We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together in concert and making that performance available permanently online.

If Swift plays one of her old hits in a club or at a festival, or even sitting on a park bench, that counts as a public performance and cannot be restricted by a record label.

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Taylor Swift is always playing the victim. Almost all of her songs are about how some boy came They end bitterly and she writes a song or makes a snarky public comment about how awful her ex is . Taylor Swift basically has the life and money she has because a company basically bought her

When Taylor Swift is named the artist of the decade at the American Music Awards later this month, she But records is really broadly defined,” he said. Swift is doing a documentary with Netflix Inc., and it seems Will radio stations and streaming services play the old versions of her hits or the new ones?

But if the performance is recorded and distributed for a streaming service, DVD or live album, it needs approval.

"Is it standard? Absolutely," Jason Boyarski an attorney for the Prince Estate told Billboard magazine. "It's to prevent the artist from taking the exact same song, recording it again and delivering it to another label."

Scooter Braun, Kanye West standing next to a man: Scooter Braun (left) with Swift's arch-nemesis Kanye West. Braun now owns the rights to Swift's first six albums© Getty Images Scooter Braun (left) with Swift's arch-nemesis Kanye West. Braun now owns the rights to Swift's first six albums

A bit of crucial background to this story: Swift's dispute with Big Machine initially arose in June this year, when the label was bought by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun for $300 million.

Swift made no secret of her dismay. One of Braun's on-and-off clients is Kanye West, who has tormented Swift for more than a decade, interrupting her at award shows, disparaging her in his songs and putting a waxwork of her naked body into a music video.

As the deal was announced, Swift issued an impassioned statement in which she described feeling "sad and grossed out" by Braun taking control of her back catalogue, including every album she released up to 2017's Reputation.

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Certain comments are also banned to increase the quality of discussion. Stale topics are constantly changing, and it is ultimately Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work.

She called the agreement "my worst case scenario" and a massive betrayal; but later announced plans to re-record all of her old music to undercut the value of the master tapes held by Braun and his investment company Ithaca Holdings.

Speaking to Good Morning America over the summer, she revealed the process would begin next year.

"My contract says that starting November 2020, I can record albums one through five all over again," she said.

"I think it's important for artists to own their work," she continued. "I'm gonna be busy, I'm very excited."

Coincidentally, she played Shake It Off during the same TV appearance, apparently without any restrictions from Big Machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh2a-xluotw

Swift wouldn't be the first artist to regain control over their back catalogue by recording "forgeries" of their biggest hits: TLC, Prince and Def Leppard all used the tactic to regain control of their music.

"Now, if anyone wants to license any of those songs, they can come to us, instead of going somewhere else," TLC's Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas told the BBC last week.

But Swift's plan, which could easily affect Big Machine's profits, appears to have been the spur for the latest controversy. If Swift made her award show performances available on demand (along with a planned Netflix documentary), they would potentially count as "new recordings", putting her in breach of contract.

It's an ugly story, and one that's as old as the music industry itself: A young artist signs a contract at the start of their career, and isn't aware of the consequences until its too late.

In this case, Swift was able to mobilise her fans - who paid to put up #IStandWithTaylor billboards around Big Machine's offices in Nashville - and the media, who covered the fall-out in blow-by-blow detail, until her she got the outcome she wanted.

As an added bonus, a lot more people now know that Swift is performing at the American Music Awards this weekend, where she is due to receive the Artist Of The Decade award.

As Van Morrison once put it: "Music is spiritual. The music business is not."

Taylor Swift makes history at the American Music Awards .
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