(CelebrityAccess) – A rep for Taylor Swift has hit back against claims made by Big Machine Label Group earlier today about an ongoing issue between the star and her former label, Billboard is reporting.
Thursday (Nov. 14), Swift tweeted a lengthy note to her fans claiming that ex-label boss Scott Borchetta and current label-owner Scooter Braun were strongarming her into not performing her pre-Lover era songs during an upcoming appearance at the American Music Awards. Swift also claimed that Borchetta and Braun are jeopardizing an upcoming Netflix documentary on her life by denying her the use of her songs and performance footage.
In response to Swift’s claims, Big Machine released a statement earlier this morning denying the accusations against them, saying “we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere,” and that the issue is that Swift owes “millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company.”
Now, a rep for Swift has reached out to Billboard to refute Big Machine’s comments.
Read the full statement sent to Billboard below:
The truth is, on October 28, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. the Vice President, Rights Management and Business Affairs from Big Machine Label Group sent Taylor Swift’s team the following: “Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects: The Netflix documentary and The Alibaba “Double Eleven” event. To avoid an argument over rights, Taylor performed three songs off her new album Lover at the Double Eleven event as it was clear that Big Machine Label Group felt any televised performance of catalog songs violated her agreement. In addition, yesterday Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix. Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post. Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them but, an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years.