For now it appears that Taylor Swift will not be blocked from performing all of her hits at the upcoming 2019 American Music Awards (AMA’s). For Swift’s fans, that’s fantastic.
According to Swift, her former label, Big Machine Label Group, had denied her request to play some of her older songs at the AMA’s. Big Machine Label Group denied this accusation. Although, from what I can tell, they just said they had not denied her ability to perform at the AMA’s. They did not address specific songs she could or could not perform.
A statement, released Monday, sheds some light: “recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media.” The statement went on to say that “record label approval is only needed for contracted artists’ audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”
Swift was very clear about what she says her former label demanded in exchange for her being allowed to perform her older hits. According to Swift, regarding the upcoming AMA’s, “Scott Bocchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun, The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”
As background, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta purchased Swifts songs, and took control of them. However, next year, Swift can re-record the songs and she’s made no secret that she intends to re-record every single one.
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The real issue here is that, while Swift can perform any of her songs at a live event, like the AMA’s, it’s probable, in fact about 100% likely, that her performance will end up on the internet. Thus, it’s kind of like she re-recorded the songs before she is technically allowed to do so. And clearly, whenever she does re-record her early songs, what Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta own will lose substantial value.