The saga between Taylor Swift and Big Machine Label Group continues.
On Thursday, April 23, Swift called out her former record label for compiling an album of her live performances from a show the singer did in 2008, when she was 18 at the time.
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The pop superstar addressed her fans in a message posted to her Instagram Story. She wrote, “I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me. It looks to me like [Big Machine owner] Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 MILLION for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money.”
Swift then characterized the album release as “just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.”
Fans of the singer first noticed the new song collection, which was dubbed Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008. Swift pointed out that the release date on the recordings is listed as 2017, “but they’re actually releasing it tonight at midnight.”
Swift slammed Braun’s 2019 purchase of Big Machine and the masters to her first six albums. The singer’s recent critique of the new live album marks the latest in a string of public clashes between her, Big Machine, and Braun.
.@TaylorSwift13 says her former label is releasing an album of live performances from 2008 TONIGHT without her approval:
“Just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.” pic.twitter.com/hDSDJA3pYF
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 23, 2020