The enmity between Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine Label Group (not to mention its new co-owner Scooter Braun) isn’t going away any time soon, we sense. But one element of their latest dispute appears to have been settled: Swift’s ability to perform a medley drawn from her back catalogue at this weekend’s American Music Awards (AMAs).
At issue was the question of whether such a performance would count as ‘re-recordings’ of Swift’s past hits – something she’s contractually prohibited from doing until November 2020.
While fans have been expressing their outrage, the consensus among music-industry observers has been that since the awards will be re-broadcast and available to stream on-demand after the event, the performances *would* count as re-recordings, and would thus need permission from the rightsholder.
Anyway, Big Machine announced yesterday that it has “agreed to grant all licenses of their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms” – without mentioning Swift by name. There’s no news on the licensing situation for her planned Netflix special, however.