Taylor Swift has been locked in a battle for her own music since the masters to her first six albums were purchased by Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings. While Taylor had previously shared that she was planning to re-record her old material, she has now been told that she may not be able to sing any of her old songs in recorded settings, and she spoke up about it in an essay on Twitter, urging her fans to let Braun and Scott Borchetta, head of Tay's former label Big Machine, know they were upset.
"Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is," Gigi tweeted on Nov. 14. "Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!"
Selena Gomez, meanwhile, released a full statement via Instagram Stories. "My heart is so heavy right now. It makes me sick and extremely angry. (I don’t mind if there may be retaliation) 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 wrote about the situation, calling out Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun.
"You’ve robbed and crushed one of our best song writers [sic] of our time an opportunity to celebrate all of her music with her fans and the world. I have known Taylor for 13 years. She is the most dedicated, fearless, fiesty [sic], strongest woman I’ve ever known. People can say b*tch but what I’m saying to you is that’s called a woman with true identity and strength who takes no sh*t. I listened to fearless before it came out and I just remember us jumping on a bed and she was just sparkling. ✨ -so proud of her diary being read by the whole world. Nervous of people not liking it … but that became one of the biggest records - an album that saved so many young woman who felt alone. Have a broken heart. Who were healing. Those who felt invisible. Gave a voice to those who didn’t know that they had one all along. Believing in dreams again. I continued to see how she has constantly challenged her self to create a beautiful life that belong to just her. So I can tell you first hand the MOST important thing to Taylor is her family, love, her fans, and her MUSIC. I really hope there is a change of heart over this unfortunate situation."
She concluded, "Seeing my best friend (or any of my friends) be constantly pulled down is the worst feeling. Taylor fights. She will never stop fighting. People grow from choices. Some will stay exactly the same. I just want a change of heart. I love you."
Halsey also posted an Instagram Story urging Borchetta and Braun to allow Taylor to sing her own music.
"Not only are we looking at an awful business move…but this is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her head," she wrote. "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. [sic] You’re barking up the wrong tree. It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her Artist of the Decade.”
The musician, who has gone through label struggles of her own, tweeted in solidarity with Taylor. "F*ck that. We’re with you," she wrote.
The British musician tweeted her support for Tay too. "Solidarity with Taylor here, this sounds awful, and people wonder why music hasn’t had its #MeToo moment?" she wrote.
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In a tweet sharing Taylor’s original message, Cara added: “No matter what people manage to take from you, they will never be able to take your voice @taylorswift13 so well done for using yours especially when you know they will attack you for doing so. We are with you xxx.”
Like Selena, Camila shared a long message on Instagram in support of Taylor. “As a fan of Taylor’s music for forever, I have some of the best memories of my life listening to her albums,” she began, adding that her lyrics have meant so much to her over the years. “It feels heartbreaking and like the world is being robbed of something important and beautiful that she can’t sing these songs, her life’s work, with her fans,” Camila added. “How can a record label do this to an artist? … I can’t even imagine how painful this must be for you @taylorswift, I can't even wrap my head around how this could happen.”
Jameela expressed concern over the entire situation on Twitter, writing: “This is really scary. If this can happen to one of the biggest artists of all time, I cannot imagine the situation for newbies.”
The model and longtime friend of Taylor spoke out on social media, making it clear that she has the singer's back. “Corporate power should not have the right to control what @taylorswift13 can and can not do, and then have the audacity to deny their actions?!” she wrote.
Celebs weren’t the only ones stepping up to stand by Taylor — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also weighed in. “Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans,” she wrote on Twitter. “Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now they’re holding @taylorswift13’s own music hostage. They need to be reigned in.”
In another tweet, AOC reminded her followers that this issue doesn’t just affect the music industry. “For people w/ friends or family who worked in retail & suddenly laid off or hours deeply cut (Toys R’ Us, Sears, Sports Authority, etc) & sometimes stripped of severance, that goes back to PE as well,” she said, adding: “1+ million jobs destroyed.”
Like AOC, Senator Warren spoke out against private equity firms. "Unfortunately, @TaylorSwift13 is one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm," she said. "They're gobbling up more and more of our economy, costing jobs and crushing entire industries. It's time to rein in private equity firms — and I've got a plan for that."
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