Superstars weigh in, business conflicts, denials and more.

Backed into a corner, Taylor Swift felt she had no choice but to air her dirty laundry. The Lover singer revealed in a letter that Scooter Braun and Big Label head Scott Borchetta preemptively stopped Swift from performing her greatest hits at the forthcoming American Music Awards. They claim because it’s televised, she’s technically re-recording her music – something Swift is not legally allowed to do until next year. They also issued a statement denying Swift’s allegations, however her team clapped back with receipts.

The drama caught the attention of some music heavy hitters, including Justin Bieber, who’s managed by Braun, Swift’s bff Selena Gomez, Halsey, Camila Cabello, Tinashe and more. The controversy also reportedly rocked Braun and Borchetta’s professional relationship.

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Selena Gomez

Like most of us, Gomez was appalled. “My heart is so heavy right now,” Gomez wrote in a statement on an Instagram story. “It makes me sick and extremely angry. … It’s greed, manipulation and power. There is no heart or thought of anyone elses. No respect for the words my friend has written since she was a 14 year old in her bedroom. You’ve robbed and crushed one of our best song writers of our time.”

Justin Bieber

Bieber took his longtime manager’s side. He posted a screen shot of TMZ’s story in an Insta-story. The report claimed Swift CAN perform her older hits. “Taylor Swift can 100% perform all of her catalog, past and present, on the AMAs,” a A Big Machine exec told TMZ.


The Songs For You singer replied to Swift’s post on Twitter saying, “F–k that. We’re with you.”

Camila Cabello

Camila, who opened up for Taylor on the Reputation Tour, also spoke out in support of her friend. “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.”

Halsey, Sara Bareilles, Lily Allen and more.

Halsey was also outspoken about the injustice, calling it an “awful business move” and “punishment.” Bareilles labeled it an outrageous abuse of power.

Offices closed

Following Taylor’s explosive revelations, Scooter’s Nashville, Tenn., office was forced to close after they received threats. “Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this,” Swift wrote in her note.


Meanwhile, the ripple is tearing a hole in the business fabric between Braun and Borchetta. E! News claims Braun is “frustrated” with how Borchetta has handled things. “Scooter is frustrated because his name is being dragged in the mud,” a source shared with E! News. “He doesn’t run Big Machine or have operational control of company. He hasn’t taken part in these negotiations.”

“Guys – It’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” Swift began her post. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”

“Additionally – and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news – Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years,” she continued. “Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.”

“I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate,” she added. “The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”

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