Taylor Swift’s fans aren’t about to sit by and let Scooter Braun have control over her music catalogue through his purchase of Big Machine Label Group. They’re taking action… by calling on Taylor to take action.
A change.org petition for the songstress to “re-record” her first 6 albums is now almost at 200,000 signatures. It popped up the day Tay announced she was “sad and disgusted” that Justin Bieber’s manager bought her old record label and now controls her master recordings, and has already gained in a few days almost half of the signatures that Taylor’s Equality Act petition garnered in over a month.
It’s unclear what exactly re-recording 6 albums would accomplish for the 29-year-old, who will continue to profit from her original songs being streamed and bought because she retains publishing rights to every song she’s written.
According to the petition, though, it’s not about money: it’s about getting Tay’s song’s out of Braun’s apparently greedy hands.
Super-stan Alex Boubia, who started the petition, wrote that Scooter’s intentions with Swift’s music catalogue were to “win money from the immense numbers her previous works get” and “to not certify her records… so his own artists can rise and shine happily ever after by discrediting the biggest force in pop culture today.”
Aside from Braun — “who is well known for his dirty tricks,” according to Boubia — the investors of the deal are the Carlyle group, “who are funding the genocide in Yemen… So every time you play a Taylor Swift song, you fund the deaths of innocent people.”
Well, that got realer than we expected…
The petition states that, as a publisher, Tay can re-record her projects under Big Machine Records and “release them as her own under Republic Records where she is both master and publisher.” This way, fans could listen to her music without supporting Braun — or genocide, evidently.
Among the hundreds of thousands of signatures were the names of a few of Taylor’s celebrity friends; including Troye Sivan, Shawn Mendes, and Katy Perry.
Sivan was said to have written:
“Taylor wrote every damn lyric from her album Speak Now, 75 per cent from her other five albums. It’s her art. She’s incredibly talented, she’s my friend and I love her. Scooter Braun, I don’t know you. Bye, bye.”
Perry supposedly signed with a simple note, “I stand with Taylor. Stay strong my friend,” while a user claiming to be Mendes penned the following message:
“Taylor is the most coolest and amazing person on earth. This is too painful. I stand with her, as always. X”
It’s important to note, though, how easy it is to fake a signature on change.org. Just take a look at this post by “Harry Styles“:
Okay, so maybe celebs haven’t been co-sponsoring this petition.
Plenty of stars have, however, been speaking out about the controversy on social media — many of whom said they stood in solidarity with Taylor.
Since Tay’s back catalogue is still available for streaming and isn’t showing signs of going anywhere, it’s not clear if putting in the time to re-record her 6 albums is actually worth it for the Grammy-winner.
Of course, “Katy Perry” and “Harry Styles” think otherwise, so maybe Taylor just might listen to them.
What do U think, Perezcious readers?
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