Taylor Swift is once again furious with her former record company Big Machine Label Group. The latter recently released an album by the artist without her approval.
According to reports, Taylor Swift turned to her Instagram account to announce that she has not authorized the release of a new album.
The album, called “Live from Clear Channel Stripped 2008,” includes some of her live recordings in 2008 for a radio show.
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Calling out Scooter Braun and others
Swift’s Instagram story message started off by thanking her fans for making her aware of the release of the album. She noted that the recording is from when she was 18 years old and that Big Machine has listed the date as a 2017 release.
The “Lover” singer then went on to say that she has always been honest about the matter. Thus, without fear of reviving the feud, Swift declares the release unauthorized.
The war of words didn’t stop there as she then started calling out big names in the recording label industry beginning with Scooter Braun, the record company owner.
The 30-year old pop star also mentioned Braun’s financial backers 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group.
The roll call was followed with a statement saying that perhaps paying $330 million for her music wasn’t “exactly a wise choice and they need money.”
The “Shake It Off” singer was clearly strong in her message and even branded the issue as “another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus.”
She then ended her message by calling the executives as “tasteless but very transparent.”
At the moment, the camp of Big Machine Label Group and the representatives of Swift have declined to comment on the issue.
CNN reported though that a source close to the label said that the album is not a new release. They defended that all they are doing is taking existing music that is on YouTube and target for more than 10 years already.
They are merely distributing it to all streaming services for the fans to listen and enjoy to.
The history of the feud
Swift’s conflict with the recording label started back in November 2019 due to music ownership.
After leaving the label and signing with Republic, she accused Big Machine of blocking her right to perform her old songs that were recorded under them. She was also not allowed to use her music for her Netflix documentary Miss Americana.
Braun denied the accusations though and revealed that his family received death threats. No reconciliation has been made between Taylor Swift and her former record label since the dispute.
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