Taylor Swift made headlines when it was revealed that Scooter Braun bought her multi-album catalog. The country-turned-pop star revealed that she was not given a chance to buy her music before Big Machine was sold and that she is restricted in performing some of her own songs.
Luckily, she is finding her way around these restrictions. As of November 1, she is free to re-record all of her old songs and put them out for buying and streaming.
The Swifties took to Twitter to get ‘Taylor is free’ trending showing that they are ready to support Swift’s talent after the debacle.
The Wildest Dreams singer spoke about not wanting any other artist to go through this same thing. Especially young artists who come into the industry and are just excited to be able to land a record deal not knowing what they are really signing away.
‘We need to think about how we handle master recordings, because this isn’t it. When I stood up and talked about this, I saw a lot of fans saying, “Wait, the creators of this work do not own their work, ever?” I spent 10 years of my life trying rigorously to purchase my masters outright and was then denied that opportunity, and I just don’t want that to happen to another artist if I can help it. I want to at least raise my hand and say, “This is something that an artist should be able to earn back over the course of their deal — not as a renegotiation ploy — and something that artists should maybe have the first right of refusal to buy.” God, I would have paid so much for them! Anything to own my work that was an actual sale option, but it wasn’t given to me.’
Kanye West, who is vowing to change the way music deals are done, has even offered to help Taylor Swift.