Taylor Swift accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of banning her from performing a medley of her authentic hits on the AMAs. And now, a music lawyer is weighing in on their newest battle.
Taylor Swift’s conflict with Scooter Braun, 38, and her former label boss Scott Borchetta, is much from over. The singer referred to as it her “worst case scenario” earlier this 12 months when Justin Bieber‘s present and Kanye West‘s former supervisor, Scooter, made a deal to amass Big Machine Records and her total music catalogue. Now, she’s talking out once more and accusing Scooter and Scott of blocking her from performing any of her authentic hits on the American Music Awards on Nov. 24. But, in line with Ben McLane, a world leisure lawyer specializing in music rights, there’s no authorized means they’ll cease her from performing them.
“The only way they could penalize her would be if the network tried to take her version and release it, or give her the right to release a live version of her playing on that award show, then [Scott and Scooter] would have a legal claim where they could probably say it’s a violation of their contract. But these award shows never release that stuff commercially, so I really don’t see how they could block her from performing her songs. She just can’t go and commercially release that version. But people are on TV shows every day performing their hit songs and labels never have an issue with it — in fact, they want them to do it because it’s promoting their version,” Ben McLane tells Hollywood EXCLUSIVELY. “When Taylor was with Big Machine, how many TV shows was she on? She was always playing her songs live and they never complained about it then. That’s why it seems like a made up thing just to piss her off, that’s what it sounds like to me. Because it’s going to be a live version, it’s not like she’s going into the studio and hiring Max Martin or Rick Ruben or one of these big producers to do it with a really clean studio version like Big Machine probably did when she first recorded it.”
“They may be concerned about her releasing a live version. Taylor Swift is different than most people, she does things that people don’t usually do, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an artist take a live thing they did on someone else’s TV show and release it. Technically, that could happen I suppose but I have never seen anybody do that before. I really don’t understand why she can’t be on the show performing her old songs if she’s not gonna commercially release the live recording, which I really doubt she is. The fact that they are blocking her from performing it live, it seems like they would only do that if they thought she was going to pull a stunt and in my experience I’ve never seen anybody do it but it’s not impossible,” Ben continues.
On Nov. 15, Big Machine Records launched a press release denying Taylor’s accusations from in the future prior, saying partly: “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs.” Taylor’s group rapidly responded and doubled down on the accusations with a press release of their very own, saying partly: “Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post.”