The Music World Reacts To Taylor Swift’s Allegations Against Braun & Borchetta

Mike Nied | November 15, 2019 1:37 pm

The music world sprang to life in the hours after Taylor Swift penned an open letter about Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta. Last night (November 14), the 29-year-old claimed she is unable to play her classic material at the 2019 American Music Awards. Why? Because the masters belong to Big Machine Label Group, who allegedly refuse to let them be used on television. “They claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” she wrote. “This is WRONG,” she added.

“Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of these songs. They did not create the relationship I have with my fans.” This morning Big Machine responded with shared statement. “As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her Tumblr statements yesterday based on false information,” they wrote. Taylor’s team has responded since with a rebuttal. And she’s not alone. In her original message the Lover hitmaker asked for support from her fellow artists.

A slew of them have weighed in on the ongoing drama. One of Taylor’s first supporters was Halsey. “This is just mean. This is punishment,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “These people are protected because they inspire complicity with fear. Banking on the illusion that people will not stand up for her. That the world will say she is over reacting. You’re barking up the wrong tree. It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her Artist of the Decade.” Tinashe quickly replied, too. “Fuck that. We’re with you,” she succinctly vowed.

This morning she also got support from best friend Selena Gomez. “My heart is so heavy right now. It makes me sick and extremely angry,” she wrote. “This is my opinion. It’s greed, manipulation and power. There is no heart or thought of anyone else. No respect for the words my friend has written since she was a 14 year old in her bedroom.” She signed off with a message of love for Taylor and also made sure to mention that she does not mind “if there may be retaliation.” Former tour mate Camila Cabello mirrored some of those thoughts.

“I can’t even imagine how painful this must be for you,” she wrote. “A record label can’t be allowed to do this to an artist… whatever needs to happen to get this situation fixed, needs to happen.” Then there are the Swifties. Overnight more than 80,000 fans signed a petition calling out sexism in the music industry and requesting Taylor be allowed to perform her music as she sees fit. At the time of publishing Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato (Braun’s clients) have not responded. Others who have though include the likes of Lily Allen, Echosmith, Joel Little and more.

Check out some of the replies below. We’ll keep this story updated as more roll in.

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