Nakatanggap ng overwhelming support ang singer na si Taylor Swift pagkatapos niyang mag-lash out sa kanyang Tumblr account tungkol sa pambu-bully sa kanya ni Scooter Braun, ang manager ni Justin Bieber, sa pagbili nito sa kanyang former record label na Big Machine at sa pag-angkin ng kanyang music catalog sa halagang $300 million.
Nagsimula ang recording career ni Taylor sa Big Machine sa edad na 15 at nakakontrata siya sa naturang recording company mula 2005 hanggang 2018.
Gumawa ng anim na hit albums si Taylor for Big Machine (Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, Reputation) at may worldwide sale ito ng higit na 50 million, kasama pa ang 31 million sa US at 150 million single downloads.
Bago pumirma si Taylor sa Universal Record Group kunsaan lalabas ang kanyang latest studio album titled Lover, sinubukan niyang bilhin ang kanyang music catalog sa Big Machine pero iba raw ang gustong deal ng Big Machine founder na si Scott Borchetta.
“Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future," ayon pa kay Taylor na tinawag ang pangyayaring ito na "her worst scenario".
Tinawag niya ang orchestrated scheme na ito ni Braun na “incessant, manipulative bullying”.
Dagdag pa niya: "Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.”
Nag-trend sa social media ang hashtag na #WeStandWithTaylor. In Twitter alone, nakakuha ito ng higit na 1 million hashtags.
llan sa mga ito ay galing sa fellow musicians, longtime friends, fans ni Taylor. Maging ang ina ng best friend ni Taylor na si Selena Gomez na si Mandy Teefey ay nagbigay ng suporta rito.
Heto ang ilang artists na sumuporta kay Taylor:
Adele: “We’re the artists, and we should be allowed to decide”
Camilla Cabelo: "I don’t know a lot about what’s going on but I will say I really believe artists should own their own life’s work "
Shawn Mendes: “This is too painful, I stand with her, as always. X”
Cara Delevingne: "Gentleman? @haileybieber @justinbieber you must be bored. I wish you spent less time sticking up for men and more time trying to understand women and respecting their valid reactions. As a married man, you should be lifting women up instead of tearing them down because you are threatened. I am not sure you actually understand what an apology is. This issue that @taylorswift is talking out is about far more than a picture and you know that. As you said, you haven't spoken to her in years which means you definitely don't understand the situation. I do. Take a step back and try to learn from this. We should all be on the same team. End of story."
Todrick Hall: "For those asking, I left Scooter Braun a long time ago...I am saddened by this news, but not shocked. He is an evil person who's only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego. I believe he is homophobic & I know from his own mouth that he is not a Swift fan."
Halsey: "Taylor Swift is a huge reason why I always insisted to write my own music. She catapulted her stadium into the Milky Way. And it turns my guts that no matter how much power or success a woman has in this life, you are still susceptible to someone coming along and making you feel powerless out of spite. It speaks volumes to how far we have to come in the music industry. The way writers are treated. How as an entertainer you are respected but as a writer you're walked all over. Even when you are both in one single body. I am standing with her."
Mandy Teefey: “@Taylorswift I wish I could give you a big hug right now! Thank you for speaking out about this and teaching future young artists about protecting themselves. I don’t understand the pleasure of power plays to simply hurt people.
Iggy Azalea: "I think from what I can see; it's more about the fact they didn't even give her the opportunity to at least bid on her own masters; when she's made it known she wanted to purchase. I can totally understand where she's coming from. Telling someone about a deal days before it’s public means the deal was already done & she never had the opportunity to even make a bid to own her own work. These deals take months to negotiate in long form."
Martha Hunt: "Sad day for music, esp considering Taylor’s generous contributions to the industry. :( This is about protecting artists. Taylor courageously exposed a grown man who has time + time again proven his obsession with holding her down, like his reputation precedes him. He doesn’t deserve a morsel of control over the archives of her past. Taylor doesn’t deserve for someone who has constantly BULLIED her to OWN THE RIGHTS to her blood, sweat, + tears. It’s not the dark ages - artists shouldn’t be held down, and I couldn’t be prouder of my friend for standing up for what’s right. End of story."
Brendon Urie: "Yeah, it’s disgusting, right? What a f—n’ assh—.”
Haim: "Read this. We support you @taylorswift. This is the dark sh— in our industry that no one sees.”
Joseph Kahn: "I feel terrible for Taylor. This is the record business at it’s most ruthless and shady. She is genuinely one of the nicest people ever and does not deserve this. She should own her work. These people are soulless.”
JoJo: "#WeStandWithTalyor duh"
Hannah Brown: "oh heck no...don’t mess with our Queen Taylor. #fangirlactivated #IStandWithTaylor #WeStandWithTaylorSwift @taylorswift13"
Kelsea Ballerini: "I’ve reached out to her and love her very much."
Hindi nag-iisa si Taylor sa issue na inagawan ng music catalog. Nangyari ito kay Paul McCartney nang mawalan sila ng karapatan sa music catalog ng Beatles after ito ibenta ng recording label nila kay Michael Jackson in 1985 for $47.5 million. Magkakaroon lang ng pagkakataon si McCartney na mabawi ang rights sa music nila sa taong 2025.
Nangyari rin ito kay Prince noong 1993 nang angkinin ng Warner Bros. ang music catalog niya after a contractual fight. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit pinalitan ni Prince ang kanyang professional name to a symbol na ang ibig sabihin ay The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
Dahil sa issue na ito, sunud-sunod ang mga artists na in-unfollow si Scooter Braun sa social media accounts nito bilang suporta kay Taylor. Kabilang na rito sina Adele, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Lana del Rey, Rihanna, Joe Jonas, Harry Styles, Britney Spears, Billie Eilish, Alessia Cara, Lisa Mae and Little Mix.
Tahimik pa rin si Scooter Braun sa issue na ito, pero ayon sa source ng Us Weekly, he is reaching out to Taylor para makapag-usap sila.
“Scooter is open to having a private conversation with Taylor to clear up everything that went down. He reposted some messages of support on his Instagram Stories, but he has no intention of releasing a formal statement and blowing up the situation even more than it already has been. This is between Scooter and Taylor, not the world.”
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