The “Broken & Beautiful” singer sat with Jimmy Fallon for his special post-Sunday Night Football episode of “The Tonight Show”, and she dished about her suggestion, which she posted to Twitter in July, that Swift re-record her old songs to take back ownership of her masters amid the Lover singer’s feud with Scooter Braun and Big Machine Records.
“We saw each other actually after I did that,” Clarkson shared. “I wasn’t really trying to defend or offend anyone. It was more like, Reba [McEntire] told me she did that. That was it. That was all… She wanted to own her masters. And I was like, ‘Well if it’s that important to you, like find a way.’ And she recut all of her music and did it with the same musicians, the same everything. That’s where I got the idea.”
Clarkson — who’s been very open about dealing with her own fair share of bullying in the music industry during her career — tweeted Swift at the time: “Just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point.”
“Taylor is [an] artist, like she’s been writing since she was a little girl. So it’s kind of like her diary, so I get why she’d wanna [own her music],” Clarkson told Fallon, adding that for her, the business side of it is almost secondary to her joy of musical expression.
“I don’t really care about owning my masters or not. I’m just like, ‘Whatever, I’m going to sing them until I’m dead, it’s fine.’ Somebody can make money off of it, I don’t care,” Clarkson explained. “But hers is [different]. Like, I own half or a little more than half my stuff. And hers is 100 percent of it. So I can see how it would matter to her.”
When Fallon said he appreciated how Clarkson stood up for her fellow artist, the singer said, “I stick up for everybody!”
“Hopefully they’ll be there for me when it need it,” she added with a laugh.
In August, before the release of her latest album, Swift revealed — during an episode of “CBS Sunday Morning” — that she did, in fact, plan on rerecording her old songs in an effort to control and own her masters.
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