The Covid-19 pandemic may have up-ended the music industry in many ways, but there are some familiar sights to cling to. Taylor Swift at loggerheads with Scooter Braun and Big Machine, for example, beefing like it’s 2019 again. This time, the spark is the release of a 46-track (!) album of live performances: ‘Reputation Stadium Tour Surprise Song Playlist’.
Swift posted her unimpressed response as an Instagram story addressed to fans. “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 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,” she wrote. The chaser: “In my opinion…Just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.” Oof, and indeed ouch. Braun and those named backers have yet to respond publicly.
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