Days after Taylor Swift’s scorched-earth statement blasting her former label and its new owner for allegedly refusing to allow her to perform any of her earlier hits at the American Music Awards, the label has made a stunning reversal.
In her original statement, Swift discussed her upcoming appearance on Sunday’s AMAs, where she’ll be honoured with the Artist of the Decade Award.
As part of the festivities, Swift was planning to perform a medley of her past hits until learning the her former label, Big Machine, was refusing to permit her to perform any songs she recorded for the label. (Big Machine was recently purchased by Scooter Braun, who now owns the masters for all Swift’s Big Machine-era recordings.)
Swift’s message sent her ticked-off fans into overdrive, causing the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor to instantly trend on Twitter.
Big Machine responded with a denial, stating that they have no say over which material an artist can perform live. However, because Swift’s performance would be recorded for rebroadcast on television and other viewing platforms, Big Machine does have a final say, something their statement didn’t quite address.
With the situation escalating and the AMAs just days away, on Monday Big Machine issued a statement saying that Swift is now free and clear to sing her old songs during her medley, revealing the label has “come to terms on a licensing agreement” with Dick Clark Productions, which produces the award show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the agreement now “approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms.”
Swift has yet to respond to this latest development in her ongoing battle with he former label.