Scooter Braun has broken its silence over the controversy surrounding Taylor Swift’s album masters catalog.
On Wednesday (June 23), Variety posted an interview with Braun to pay tribute to him as “Music Mogul of the Year”. In the feature film, Braun shared his take on the drama surrounding his purchase of Swift’s music.
Big Machine Label Group, which the Braun Ithaca Holdings company acquired in 2019, owns the original masters of Swift’s first six albums: Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation. Swift is currently re-recording each of the albums with the goal of owning the masters of their own music.
“I regret and it makes me sad that Taylor had this reaction to the deal,” Braun explained, saying that “everything that happened has been very confusing and is not based on anything factual. don’t know what story he was told. “
Braun claimed he asked Swift to sit down with him “several times” to discuss his musical ownership, but she declined. He also alleged that he offered to resell the catalog to him on a confidentiality agreement, which his team refused. (Swift previously alleged in November 2020 that he never gave his team a prize and that the NDA would “shut up [her] forever. Braun’s team disputed their account of the events and said the negotiations were sincere.)
“It all sounds very unfortunate,” he continued. “Open communication is important and can lead to understanding. She and I have only met briefly three or four times in the past, and all of our interactions were really friendly and kind. I find her to be an incredibly talented artist. and better. “
Braun also admitted that he didn’t like being labeled a bully because of the situation and that he was “strongly against anyone being bullied”.
“The one thing I’m most proud of at this time is that my artists and my team have supported me,” he added. Braun’s A-List includes Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Dan + Shay, among others. “They know my character and my truth. It meant a lot to me. In the long run, I’m happy that my life’s work is the legacy I leave behind.”