Big Machine label head denies Taylor Swift's claims, goes after her in lengthy blog post
After Taylor Swift penned a lengthy Tumblr post Sunday slamming Big Machine's sale of her music to Scooter Braun, the label's CEO is sharing his side of the story.
Scott Borchetta wrote in a blog post on Big Machine's website that it was "time to set some things straight," claiming Swift had prior knowledge of the deal and didn't "learn about (the sale) as it was announced to the world," as she wrote in her post.
The 29-year-old pop star called the deal her "worst case scenario," accusing Braun of subjecting her to "incessant, manipulative bullying" for years and "controlling a woman who didn't want to be associated" with him. She later cited examples of Braun and his clients, including Justin Bieber and Kanye West, publicly making fun of her.
Borchetta argued that Big Machine shareholders — including Swift's father, plus 13 Management's lawyer Jay Schaudies and shareholder Frank Bell — had been notified of a call scheduled for Tuesday to discuss a pending deal with Braun's company. A shareholders vote Friday passed with 92% in favor of the deal, he added.
USA TODAY has reached out to 13 Management for comment.
Borchetta also claimed to have texted Swift around 9 p.m. on Saturday, the night before news of the deal became public.
"I guess it might somehow be possible that her dad ... didn’t say anything to Taylor over the prior 5 days. I guess it’s possible that she might not have seen my text," he wrote. "But, I truly doubt that she 'woke up to the news when everyone else did.' "
Braun's purchase of Big Machine Record means he'll retain ownership of Swift's previous six studio albums, from her 2006 self-titled country debut to 2017's edgy pop album "Reputation."
Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun clash:Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Braun's wife and more weigh in
Borchetta said he and Swift "remained on very good terms" after she expressed interest in leaving Big Machine for Universal Music Group last year and claimed she had "every chance in the world to own not just her master recordings, but every video photograph, everything associated to her career" upon her exit.
"Scooter was never anything but positive about Taylor. He called me directly about (the 2017 One Love Manchester benefit concert) to see if Taylor would participate... He called me directly to see if Taylor wanted to participate in the Parkland March," he added, claiming she declined both times.
USA TODAY has reached out to Swift's publicist for comment.
Swift said she had previously "made peace" with the idea that her work would eventually be sold, but with Braun at the helm, she is no longer comfortable with that plan.
Borchetta also denied experiencing Swift "being in tears or close to it" at the mention of Braun's name, calling the exec a "supporter and honest custodian for Taylor and her music."