Taylor Swift is quietly celebrating her freedom to re-record her old music.
Last November 1, the multi-awarded singer-songwriter can now legally re-record new versions of her five hit albums that Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber’s manager) gained ownership last year for a $300 million deal with Big Machine Label Group.
After news of Braun acquiring Taylor’s albums last year, the singer received support when she publicly called out Braun and Big Machine co-owner Scott Borchetta.
Taylor said last year that her contract with Big Machine will allow her to re-record her music in November 2020.
Her fans, the Swifties, celebrated on social media and began trending the hashtag #TaylorIsFree on Twitter.
"#TaylorIsFree NO ONE WILL TAKE CREDIT FOR HER OWN WORK .... she’s FREE," one excited fan wrote of Nov. 1.
Said another: “The best people in life are free. #TaylorIsFree."
In August 2019, Taylor announced her plans on re-recording her first five albums: Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, and 1989, once legally allowed to do so.
"It's something that I'm very excited about doing, because my contract says that starting November 2020, I can record albums one through five all over again. I'm very excited about it. I think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that,” the singer said on Good Morning America.
Taylor accused Braun of “manipulative bullying” in acquiring her music catalog last year.
Scott Borchetta, owner of Big Machine, responded with his own lengthy statement on the label’s website, essentially accusing Swift of bending the truth.
Borchetta claimed the deal he offered Swift gave her “100 percent of all Taylor Swift assets … to be transferred to her immediately upon signing the new agreement.”
But Swift’s lawyer, Donald Passman told PEOPLE in a statement: “Scott Borchetta never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others.”
In an additional information, Borchetta wanted Taylor to sign a deal that would bind her to Big Machine or its new owner for another 10 years in order to buy her masters or the label.
Taylor chose to sign under Republic Records in November 2018. She releases two hit albums: Lover and Folklore.
Lover sold 3.2 million copies, it was the world's best-selling studio album of 2019.
Folklore gave Swift her seventh consecutive number-one album in US and immediately became the best-selling album of 2020.
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