The drama between Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun, and Big Machine Records founder Scott Borchetta has been heating up this past year, and it’s coming to light again with the recent release of Swift’s rerecorded Fearless album. Ever since Scooter acquired Big Machine Records on June 30, 2019, there have been multiple reports from both sides about what really went down. Though Taylor has worked very closely with Scott during her 13-year career — Taylor was the first artist Scott signed when he created Big Machine in 2005 — their relationship has changed drastically the past few years.
Following Taylor’s tremendous success with her sixth album, Reputation, the singer decided to take her career in a brand-new direction. In November 2018, she announced she was leaving Big Machine Records and was signing with Republic Records and Universal Music Group. The new deal not only gave Taylor ownership of any future masters, but also ensured that any sale of the label’s shares in Spotify “will result in a distribution of money to their artists.”
Though Taylor and Scott appeared to be on good terms when she left Big Machine Records, that all changed when Scooter acquired the label, along with the music catalog to Taylor’s first six albums. Following the acquisition, Taylor made her thoughts well known with a lengthy Tumblr post that deemed the sale her “worst case scenario.” Keep reading for everything that has happened since the acquisition.