Drama With Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift set off a firestorm of conversation around music ownership when she released a statement saying that Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, the current and former owner of Big Machine Records, were preventing her from playing her old music in a medley for The AMAs.
"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.
The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you'll be punished.
Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this."
Finally Weighing In
Celebs began taking sides, and Scooter Braun has finally addressed the drama. While he didn't mention the singer by name, Braun broached the topic at the Q&A at the 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference, saying:
"My grandpa used to say, when your glass keeps getting poured full, you better pour it in other glasses or it makes a mess. And that's a philosophy I have. And I know she's gonna ask me soon.
It's hard, when you've tried to live your life that way, when other people are trying to say that you don't live your life that way… Because you can't make everyone like you. You can't get all the facts straight. But I think the only thing you can do is hope for communication."
People Need To Communicate
"I haven't talked about this in six months. Not once. I haven't made a statement about it. When there's a lot of things being said and a lot of different opinions, yet the principals haven't had a chance to speak to each other, there's a lot of confusion. I'm not going to go into details here, because it's just not my style. I just think we live in a time of toxic division, and of people thinking that social media is the appropriate place to air out on each other and not have conversations. And I don't like politicians doing it. I don't like anybody doing it, and if that means that I've got to be the bad guy longer, I'll be the bad guy longer, but I'm not going to participate.
What I'll say is, people need to communicate, and when people are able to communicate, I think they work things out. And I think a lot of times things are miscommunications, because I believe that people are fundamentally good. I think there are a lot of real problems in the world, and I think that these problems that are being discussed can be discussed behind closed doors and figured out pretty easily, and it's something I've wanted to do for six months. And it's hard, because I can handle it pretty easily, but when it gets to a place where there's death threats and there's offices being called and people being threatened... it's gotten out of hand. And I think people need to come together and have a conversation, because that's not what we got in this industry for."
Find Out Who Your Real Friends Are
"And the only good thing for me is that when you get knocked down on some stuff, you get to find out who your real friends are real quick. And watching some people in the industry who might smile in your face, and then suddenly you've got a little dent in the armor and they come trying to kick it in even more, it doesn’t bother me, but it lets me know where I stand. The truth is, I have no ill will for anybody. And the moment people want to have a conversation with me, I'm ready to have that conversation, and I'm not going to add to the narrative. I disagree with it, but I’m not going to add to the narrative. I just want to fix things and set a better example for people.
I'll just say it on a grander scale. I don't like it watching it in politics. Right now we're in a scary time where people say things and then people might not be in the right mindset and do really horrible things. And we're inciting all of this by continuing these arguments in public. We just need to go behind closed doors and see if we can have a conversation. And if we're not having conversations, then I don’t think we're going to find resolution."