On Sunday, Taylor Swift shared a lengthy post on Tumblr after it was announced that Scooter Braun's company, Ithaca Holdings, had acquired her former record label, Big Machine Records, for $300 million.
Taylor left Big Machine Records in late 2018 when her 10-year contract ended. She went on to sign a new deal with Republic Records.
In the post she revealed that while her new deal means she'll own the master recordings of her work going forward, Big Machine — and by extension, Scooter Braun — will retain the rights to all six of her albums "in perpetuity".
Taylor revealed in her Tumblr post that Scooter Braun owning the rights to her "life's work" was her "worst nightmare".
In her note, Taylor claimed that Scooter had "bullied" her for years, pointing to the fact that he was Kanye West's manager at the time of their 2016 feud which led to her taking an extended break from the public eye. She also referenced a selfie posted to social media in the wake of the feud showing Justin Bieber — another of Scooter's clients — with him and Kanye West appearing to mock her, as well as Kanye's video for "Famous" which featured him lying in bed with a naked waxwork depicting her.
"Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to," Taylor went on. "He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever."
Within hours of Taylor sharing the post, countless fans and celebrities — including Cara Delevingne, Halsey and Brendon Urie — shared messages of support for her.
Others, including Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, sided with Scooter.