Taylor Swift Is Re-recording Her Old Songs as Revenge Against Record Executive Scooter Braun–But Can She Really Do That Legally?
Pop singer Taylor Swift is known for getting back at her detractors the best ways possible. And she’s taking her next move in her drama against record label owner Scooter Braun to the next level.
Swift is planning to re-record a good part of her earlier musical catalog as a way to get around the fact that Braun, who just bought the singer’s former label, owns much of her music. While this is a bold move, some people are still skeptical about whether the 29-year-old musician can actually do that.
A Matter of Legality
During a guesting on ‘Good Morning America’, the hitmaker clarified that her contract with her former label, Big Machine Records, doesn’t actually allow her to do that just yet. However, she will soon be able to do so once November 2020 swings by.
Starting then, she can go about recording her first to fifth albums again, according to her. This said Swift also expressed her excitement about being able to re-record her music and said that she believes artists should get to own their creative outputs.
Swift’s current feud with Braun erupted when the former country singer posted an explosive Tumblr post calling out the record executive for allegedly bullying her for years. This happened at the heels of Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Records back in June of this year. At the time, the singer called the situation as the ‘worst-case scenario’, saying that her life’s work is now in the hands of a person who she says tried to ‘dismantle’ her musical legacy.
Aside from the initial legal hurdles she faced, Swift’s attempts to re-record and potentially sell these new recordings, are subject to numerous other obstacles. For one, she’d possibly still have to deal with something called the ‘original production clause’.
This entails that any new recording of an old record is required to be considerably different than the original ones. Thus, Swifties might have to forego their love for Swift’s original records in favor of what she’ll come up with in the future and support her battle against her former record label.
And now that Big Machine Records has reportedly become a billion-dollar company, it’s safe to say that they will not just watch all these unfold idly.
Looking at other cases of musical artists re-recording their own songs, things don’t seem to look good for Swift’s plan. One good example is the case of the late singer-songwriter Prince, who also notably didn’t get along well with his own record label.
After failing to acquire the work he recorded for Warner Bros, the award-winning musician planned to recreate his iconic songs and albums and sell them on his own. This list included his most popular hits from ‘Raspberry Beret’ to ‘Purple Rain’. However, his efforts backfired when the presence of his new records only made his original ones much more coveted.
More in Celeb Justice
Taking Interviews For Cybersecurity? Here are Some Tips you’d Want to Look Into
As a technical leader, one of the most important aspects of your job is to hire the right people. Interviews are...June 11, 2020
Looking for a New Career Path? These Jobs Have Been on the Rise During the Pandemic
These unprecedented times have caused the job market to split into two parts. One part consists of industries slowing down to...June 10, 2020
Unsure of How to Organize Your Finances? These Tips Might Be Just What You’re Looking for
Being confined to the solitude of our homes, most of us have been forced into thinking about our lives before the lockdown....June 10, 2020
Worried About Your Mortgage Payments? Experts Claim These Tips Might Solve Your Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to raise towers of problems for all of us alike. With companies laying off thousands of employees...June 9, 2020
Are You a Millenial Struggling with Financial Insecurity? Here are a Couple of Tips That Might Help
Let’s face it- living through a pandemic lockdown was the last thing we expected for 2020 to bring our way. Yet,...June 8, 2020
‘Money Issues’ Is the Third Leading Cause of Divorce in America—Here’s How Couples Can Avoid Fighting About Financial Matters
After ‘basic incompatibility’ and infidelity’, ‘money issues’ is cited to be one of the leading cause of a couple’s decision to...May 22, 2020
Beauty Mogul Kylie Jenner’s Business May Be In Big Trouble Because of These 2 Telling Reasons
A couple of months ago, reality star Kylie Jenner achieved a new milestone in life after Forbes announced her as the...May 21, 2020
Extremely Vital Things We Need to Do Before Writing Our Will
The morbid truth is that we are all going to die. It’s part of the cycle of life; and as harsh...May 21, 2020
Avoiding a Pricey Divorce: Legal Alternatives You Must Consider
There are many reasons why a couple may wish to separate, and usually the only legal solution to end a marriage...May 21, 2020