Fabolous Earns Seventh Top 10 Record With "Summertime Shootout 3"

This week, FabolousSummertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever effort debuts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, marking the Brooklyn rapper’s seventh total top 10 effort on the coveted chart.

According to Billboard, SS3 earned 44,000 equivalent album units in the week ending December 5th, with 37,000 those going toward streaming equivalent units, translating to 46.9 million on-demand audio streams. It marks Fab’s first top 10 since peaking at No. 10 with his Jadakiss collaborative Friday on Elm Street tape from 2017.

Fabolous Earns Seventh Top 10 Record With "Summertime Shootout 3"

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SS3 is also joined by 2001’s Ghetto Fabolous, which peaked at No. 4, 2003’s Street Dreams (No. 3), 2004’s Real Talk (No. 6), 2007’s From Nothin’ To Somethin’ (No. 2), and 2009’s Loso’s Way (Soundtrack) which cracked the top spot as the only No. 1 entry Fabolous’ career thus far.

Elsewhere in the top 10 this week’s chart, the holidays are ficially kicking in as the Frozen II soundtrack moves up to No. 1 with 80,000 units. Post Malone‘s Hollywood’s Bleeding trails at No. 2 with 65,000 units earned this past week. Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter To You 4 is up next at No. 3 with 54,000 units while Taylor Swift‘s Lover rises from 6 to No. 4 with 52,000 units sold. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is another familiar face at No. 5 with 50,000 units this week.

Michael Bublé’s Christmas album makes its seasonal return to the top 10 at No. 6 this week with 48,000 units while Penatonix’s The Best Pentatonix Christmas jumps from No. 18 to No. 8 with 43,000 units. Mariah Carey‘s Merry Christmas staple album follows the trend at No. 9 this week with 37,000 units sold.

Closing out the set is Summer Walker’s Over It, pushing 35,000 units.

Trippie Redd Earns His First No. 1 On Billboard 200 Chart

With his A Love Letter To You 4 album, Trippie Redd has claimed his very first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart, earning 104,000 equivalent album units in its first week.  While it is his first chart-topper, A Love Letter To You 4 is Trippie Redd’s fourth top 10 album, previously clocking in at No. 3 two times for ! and last year’s A Love Letter To You 3 and at No. 4 for Life’s A Trip.

Of its total sales, A Love Letter To You 4 earns 14,000 in pure album sales boosted by a concert ticket/album sale redemption fer that came attached to Trippie’s forthcoming tour. The remaining balance streaming units can be credited to 125.9 million on-demand audio streams for the project’s tracks during its opening set, making it the most-streamed album the week.

This week’s top 10 marks a major shift as new debuts appear across the listing, including country star Jason Aldean’s 9 which comes in at No. 2. The Frozen II soundtrack surges from No. 15 to No. 3 in its second week. Elsewhere on the chart, YNW Melly’s Melly vs. Melvin debuts at No. 8 with 43,000 equivalent album units, marking the incarcerated rapper’s first top 10 entry. Currently, he is in jail facing two counts first-degree murder.

Billboard 200 Albums Top 10 (Dec. 1st, 2019)

1. A Love Letter To You 4, Trippie Redd
2. 9, Jason Aldean
3. Frozen II Soundtrack, Various Artists
4. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
5. When We All Fall Asleep, Billie Eilish
6. Lover,
Taylor Swift
7. Everyday Life, Coldplay
8. Melly Vs. Melvin, YNW Melly
9. What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
10. Over It, Summer Walker

 

 

Taylor Swift Celebrates Her Victory Over Braun with Special Merchandise

Fresh off her at the American Music Awards — and her ability to sing her old songs there — Taylor Swift has launched a new line of T-shirts in celebration of this.

Swift not only won Artist of the Decade at the award show, but she also won five competitive awards, including Artist of the Year. But the highlight of the show for her likely was when she performed a number of her old songs.

The long-sleeve shirts that she is now selling include the names of her first six albums in a bold black font. The songs on these albums were the ones that Scooter Braun initially to allow her to perform, due to the long-standing dispute the two have publicly have had in the aftermath of her signing with UMG.

After a public outcry, Braun eventually relented while accusing fans of the singer of death threats against him and his family. Though the alleged threats apparently happened after he allowed her to perform the songs on the show.

The new t-shirt is similar to the outfit Swift wore on the onset of her medley at the awards show. While performing “The Man” from her album Lover, Swift was joined by a group of young women wearing similar outfits as her. Some saw this as a feminist statement of empowerment.

Fans of Swift can purchase the new shirt at the singer’s online store for a limited time.

The shirt is on sale alongside other holiday-theme merchandise from her Lover album. The album and the singles from it, which she released in August of this year, has also received three Grammy Award nominations, including for Best Pop Vocal Album. This is significant because it is the third such nomination she has received.

She also received a nomination for her two prior albums: 2017’s Reputation and 2014’s 1989.

Tory Lanez’ ‘Chixtape 5’ Debuts at No. 2

Chixtape 5 hits the charts.

The fifth installment in Tory Lanez’ mixtape series debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 83,000 equivalent album units, of which 9,000 were in album sales. The Toronto native earns his fourth consecutive top five effort following Love Me Now? (No. 4 in 2018), Memories Don’t Die (No. 3, 2018), and I Told You (No. 4, 2016).

Chixtape 5 was the most-streamed album of the week, with 94 million on-demand audio streams for its 18 tracks, which include collaborations with Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Celine Dion edged out Tory for the No. 1 spot. The pop diva’s new album Courage moved 113,000 equivalent album units in its first week, marking her fifth No. 1 album and first chart-topper in over 17 years.

Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding drops 2-3 with 69,000 equivalent album units, while YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s AI YoungBoy 2 dips 3-6 with 44,000 units.

Summer Walker’s Over It slides 4-7 (42,000) in its seventh straight week in the top 10. DaBaby’s KIRK sits at No. 8 (37,000), while Kanye West’s Jesus Is King rounds out the top 10 (30,000).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Celine Dion – Courage – 113,000
2. Tory Lanez – Chixtape 5 – 83,000
3. Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding – 69,000
4. Taylor Swift – Lover – 56,000
5. Luke Combs – What You See Is What You Get – 55,000
6. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – AI YoungBoy 2 – 44,000
7. Summer Walker – Over It – 42,000
8. DaBaby – KIRK – 37,000
9. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 35,000
10. Kanye West – Jesus Is King – 30,000

Billy Porter & Taylor Swift Swoon Over Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes Performance

The tale is as old as time. Singer meets singer, singer falls in love with singer, and the singers then bring passion to their performances together. The dynamic a couple performing on stage can ten cross boundaries other performances cannot and, as a result, bring excitement to those watching because it. Well, for Billy Porter and Taylor Swift, watching Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes almost kiss while performing at the AMA’s was a moment pure elation. One can only imagine how their fandom must feel.

Billy Porter & Taylor Swift Swoon Over Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes Performance
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Mendes and Cabello know how to bring the heat anywhere they go and the AMA stage was not excluded. Taylor Swift and Billy Porter sat side by side with faces jubilation as Camila and Shawn almost kissed during their performance their duet “Señorita”. The famous couple has all eyes on them as many believe the relationship to be staged. Whether their relationship is authentic or not, Mendes and Cabello know how to steam things up, so the fans might as well enjoy the show. Billy Porter and Taylor Swift definitely did!

Shawn and Camila won the award for Best Collaboration for “Señorita”. Congratulations to the couple!

Tory Lanez’s "Chixtape 5" Loses Out No. 1 Slot To Celine Dion

Tory Lanez claimed his fourth consecutive top-five project, but it still wouldn’t prove to earn the Lanez a No. 1 album in Chixtape 5.

This week, that honor belongs to another Canadian superstar in the form Celine Dion whose Courage album becomes the legendary songstress’s fifth No. 1 album. A figure 113,000 equivalent album units locked in the ranking for Dion whereas Tory Lanez’s Chixtape entry clocked in at 83,000 equivalent album units to debut at No. 2.

All the while, Chixtape 5 enters as the most-streamed album the week with 73,000 SEA units, equating to 94 million on-demand audio streams.

Tory and Celine Dion account for the only debuts on the chart as Post Malone follows up at No. 3 on the chart with Hollywood’s Bleeding locking in 69,000 units. Elsewhere you’ll find NBA YoungBoy’s AI Youngboy 2 slipping to No.6 with 44,000 units while Summer Walker’s Over It enjoys its seventh straight week in the top 10 with 42,000 units at No. 7.

Dababy’s KIRK is up next at No. 8 with 37,000 units while Kanye West‘s Jesus Is King closes things out at No.10 with 30,000 units.

Billboard 200 Top 10 (November 24, 2019)

1. Courage, Celine Dion
2. Chixtape 5, Tory Lanez
3. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
4. Lover, Taylor Swift
5. What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
6. AI Youngboy 2, NBA Youngboy
7. Over It, Summer Walker
8. KIRK, Dababy
9. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish
10. Jesus Is King, Kanye West

Scooter Braun Geting 'Death Threats' Following Taylor Swift Attacks

Big Machine owner Scooter Braun is claiming that he and his family are receiving death threats as a result of his ongoing dispute with Taylor Swift.

In a long statement that he posted late at night, Braun said that, while it was not his style to engage in a public spat over business disputes, “I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children as well as other threats. Thinking of my wife and children, my team and their families, I have gone through a range of emotions on how to deal with this. I write this now after a deep breath and much reflection. I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardizing anyone’s safety.”

Braun went on to address Swift personally in the post.

He told her that, while he did not feel that it was her intention for people to threaten him and his family, “your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways.”

He also indicated that he had notified Swift’s legal team of threats against him four days earlier without receiving a response from her.

The roots of the dispute between Braun and Taylor can be traced to Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Label Group, which was founded by Scott Borchetta and which owns the rights to the first six Taylor Swift albums she recorded before signing with UMG a year ago.

The acrimony between Braun and Taylor has gotten so bad that she has threatened to some of her old albums. The latest kerfuffle began when she claimed that Braun was her from singing her old songs at the American Music Awards and at other events.

So far, neither Swift nor her representatives have commented on the alleged threats against Braun and his family.

Jason Derulo Posts Thirst Trap Showing Off His "Anaconda"

And good morning to you too, Mr. Derulo. On Thursday morning, the singer posted a photo on Instagram wearing only some questionably short boxer-briefs and a gold chain, captioned “Good Mornin'” with a splash emoji. Needless to say, the image is quite revealing. Among the many, many fans and innocent observers alike that commented in shock and/or excitement on the post, one (but likely not the only) user slyly asked him what he “had in his pants.”  Jason responded to the comment, indicating that the evident imprint his bulge was an “anaconda.” Clearly, the guy is not modest about his “manhood.”

In comparison to the rest Jason’s overall Instagram feed recently, this photo definitely stands out. Not only because it is an obvious thirst trap that’s bound to draw attention to himself, but because the the stark contrast between this post and all  the Cats-movie related content on his page. That’s right—if you didn’t already know, Jason is one the stars the bizarre stage-to-screen adaptation the famous musical, that’s had an almost 40-year-run. On stage, humans playing cats works (for some people), but on camera, the star-studded cast—which, along with Jason, includes Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Sir Ian McKellan, among others—as CGI felines is super weird and, honestly, disturbing. Maybe Jason just wanted to distract everyone from his peculiar choice to play a hella creepy human-cat hybrid in a musical on the big screen?

Kanye West Inches Out Kendrick Lamar & Frank Ocean For Album Of The Decade

Crazily enough, we’re nearing the end the decade and, with that said, a bunch decade-end lists will be supplementing the usual year-end fare. As we get closer and closer to the year 2020, we’re left reflecting on what a solid decade we lived through musically. Thinking back on how many classic albums will live on forever overwhelms us but indeed, there have been plenty sky-high points in hip-hop and other genres. Kanye West contributed many those moments and, now that he’s establishing himself as a major force in the fashion and religion worlds, the next decade may also be a hit for West. Billboard recently counted down the best albums the last ten years, including tons our favorites and placing the incredible My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at the pole position.

If you quiz a hundred Kanye West fans, there is a pretty high chance that the majority them will tell you MBDTF is their favorite album all time — not just from Yeezy. Releasing the fantastic piece art in late 2010, Fantasy stood the test time, remaining in our playlists a decade later and reminding us West’s genius.

The top five albums are primarily composed other hip-hop and R&B works, including Lemonade by Beyoncé at the second spot, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange just above that, Taylor Swift‘s Red and Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly at 5.

Take a look at the full list here and let us know if you think they got it wrong.

Taylor Swift Fans Raise $1,000 To Shame Scott Borchetta, Scooter Braun

A pair of fans of Taylor Swift raised more than $1,000 in a GoFundMe a campaign to publicly support Swift in her ongoing battle with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta.

Haley Spalding and Kyle Graden used the funds to pay for two digital billboards in Nashville designed by another Swift fan: Isabel Rocha. Each billboard contains the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor, and one of them specifically goes after Borchetta by saying, “Scott, please let Taylor perform her own songs.”

The billboards, which will rotate with others above two banks, will run for a week not far from the offices of Borchetta and Braun’s Big Machine.

Spalding and Graden told Billboard that they were inspired to create the campaign after Swift asked her fans to denounce the efforts of both Braun and Borchetta to prevent Swift from performing some of her songs at the upcoming American Music Awards (AMAs) as well as during a Netflix special featuring the superstar.

Swift has since then been to perform her songs at least at the AMAs.

Spalding says, “Taylor has been singing professionally since she was 14 years old, and she deserves the freedom to use that art. Taylor’s platform is so big that helping her helps every other artist, and we both are really passionate about that. So we wanted to do something besides tweet and post on Instagram and Facebook. We wanted to have something tangible that could start a conversation and that could show her that we’re supporting her at this time.”

Spalding further says that raising the money was not difficult. “I threw up a GoFundMe on Twitter, and I was like, ‘Hey, [if] any Taylor Swift fans want to donate to this, we’re trying to get enough money to get a billboard for Taylor.’ And within hours we had $1,000 to get the billboard, and over 70 Taylor Swift fans had donated to it.”

Big Machine Agrees to Let Taylor Swift to Play Her Own Music Live

Looks like Taylor Swift just won the right to play her own songs at the American Music Awards.

The high-profile battle between Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine took a surprising turn this morning. After initially refusing to allow Swift to perform her own music at the American Music Awards, the label group — now owned by Scooter Braun and Carlyle Group and overseen by Scott Borchetta — has reversed course.

Here’s their official statement confirming the 180-degree shift.

“The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms. This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances. It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media. Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists’ audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”

The statement confirms that Big Machine was indeed attempting to block Swift from performing her own music at the AMAs.

Despite the statement indicating that Swift doesn’t legally require approval to perform her own music live, it also confirms that the live performance is tied to post-performance, on-demand streams and rebroadcasts.  The live performance isn’t technically a re-recording, but the AMAs clearly intend to re-broadcast and repurpose the Swift performance.

That makes Big Machine’s a bit of a stretch.  “At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special,” Big Machine declared last week.  “In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere.”

Earlier, a Taylor Swift representative presented an email from Big Machine confirming efforts to block Swift’s music in an upcoming Netflix special.

Since the very public showdown, Swift has drawn support from , including Elizabeth Warren and Irving Azoff.

 

 

Tencent Talking with Potential Co-Investors for UMG Bid

Tencent is reportedly looking to find co-investors for its bid to purchase a 10% interest of Universal Music Group (UMG) from Vivendi.

According to Bloomberg, Tencent is approaching a number of companies to join it. This includes both Hillhouse Capital and a sovereign wealth fund in Singapore called GIC Pte. If the Chinese tech giant eventually does form a consortium of some kind, it is expected that it will still lead it and complete the purchase within the next couple of months.

Of the 3 billion euro price tag for the 10% UMG interest, Tencent plans to raise a third of it through debt financing with the remainder coming from equity investments.

Tencent (and any minority partners it may take on) could eventually buy as much as 20% of UMG, as the company has a one-year call option from Vivendi for an additional 10% of UMG.

Sources knowledgeable about the talks between Tencent and potential co-investors say that these talks are currently ongoing and that it is far from certain that any kind of consortium will eventually form.

Tencent declined to comment about the report, and so did Vivendi, Hillhouse and GIC.

The news, though, helped Tencent’s stock price rise as much as 2.1% in Hong Kong trading. It comes on the heels of the company announcing last week that its music earnings had by more than 30% in the third quarter of 2019.

Last month, a broker named Oddo BHF indicated that there is a chance that the U.S. government will ultimately block the UMG deal given the current tenuous state of U.S.-Sino trade relations. But because it is believed that the U.S. government does not consider music and entertainment critical sectors of the economy, it is unlikely that the deal will be blocked.

If completed, the deal could help UMG promote its cadre of artists, such as Drake and Taylor Swift, in currently underserved Asian markets.

Irving Azoff, Elizabeth Warren, Don Henley, Others Stand With Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s battle against Scott Borchetta, Scooter Braun, and Big Machine is now drawing support from Elizabeth Warren, Irving Azoff, and others.

That includes the Music Artists Coalition, a musician advocacy group recently founded by Irving Azoff, Don Henley, Anderson .Paak, Meghan Trainor and Dave Matthews, among others, is firmly backing Taylor Swift in her dispute with Big Machine Label Group.

Elizabeth Warren also defended Swift while criticizing private equity giant Carlyle Group.

For those just tuning in, Taylor Swift’s dispute with former label Big Machine focuses on her right to use and perform her old classics.  According to Swift, former label Big Machine, now owned by private equity group Carlyle Group, is preventing Swift from publicly performing her songs on the upcoming American Music Awards and has refused to license them to Netflix for an upcoming biopic.

The move would be ‘unprecedented,’ according to the Music Artists Coalition, which is now firmly standing by Taylor Swift.  Here’s their official statement on the matter.

“The Music Artists Coalition supports the rights of all artists to control their music.  Taylor Swift should be allowed to perform her songs where she wants and when she wants. And she should be allowed to use her music to tell her story through her documentary.  For a label to take positions contrary to that would be unprecedented. We applaud Taylor for reminding all artists to be aware of their rights and to stand up for themselves.”  

Swift’s problems started with a $300 million estimated buyout of Big Machine Label Group.

The deal, coordinated by super-manager Scooter Braun and the backed by the Carlyle Group, stirred outrage by Swift, who blasted both Big Machine topper Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun.  Both were attacked for secretly signing the deal, while keeping Swift in the dark.

In that soup, Elizabeth Warren has issued a blistering criticism against private equity.  “Unfortunately, @TaylorSwift13 is one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm,” Warren declared on Twitter over the weekend.

“They’re gobbling up more and more of our economy, costing jobs and crushing entire industries. It’s time to rein in private equity firms—and I’ve got a plan for that.”

Big Machine Calls Taylor Swift a Liar, Swift Whips Out an Email to Prove It

Big Machine Label Group says Taylor Swift is fabricating claims over her American Music Awards performance.  Taylor Swift says Big Machine is lying about her lying — and produces an email to prove it.

And another spat between the adult millionaires commences.

For those just tuning in, Taylor Swift unleashed a (Thursday) with a host of accusations against Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta (pictured right), and Scooter Braun (who has not yet responded).  You can read her entire statement here, but the quick summary is that Borchetta and Braun are bullying Swift and preventing her from singing her own songs at the upcoming American Music Awards while blocking her music’s use in a Netflix biopic.

Early this morning (or late last night), Borchetta took off the gloves as well.  Here’s Big Machine’s formal response to Taylor’s initial accusations.

As Taylor Swift’s Partner for Over a Decade, We Were Shocked To See Her Tumblr Statements Yesterday Based on False Information

As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.
 
The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career. We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward.

We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved. However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families. 
     
Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation. When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side. To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted. Rumors fester in the absence of communication. Let’s not have that continue here. We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve.

— Big Machine Label Group

Kicking off round 2 of the smackdown, Taylor Swift offered this response to the response — which includes email evidence.

The truth is, on October 28, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. the Vice President, Rights Management and Business Affairs  from Big Machine Label Group sent Taylor Swift’s team the following:

“‘Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects:

The Netflix documentary and

The Alibaba ‘Double Eleven’ event’ [an event in China at which Swift performed last week].”

To avoid an argument over rights, Taylor performed three songs off her new album ‘Lover’ at the Double Eleven event as it was clear that Big Machine Label Group felt any televised performance of catalog songs violated her agreement.

In addition, yesterday Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix. Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post.

Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them but, an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years.

 

Taylor Swift: I'm Not Allowed to Play My Own Songs at the AMAs

Despite being slated to perform at the upcoming American Music Awards, Taylor Swift says she’s being blocked from performing her own songs.

The extremely contentious battle between Taylor Swift and both Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun has taken another ugly turn.  Just this afternoon, Swift claimed that Borchetta and Braun have attempted to block her from performing her own songs at the upcoming American Music Awards.

Earlier this year, Borchetta sold Big Machine Label Group to Braun for an .  The sale included the master recordings to Swift’s musical catalog, and Swift said she was blindsided by the deal.  Swift clearly despises Braun, and didn’t hold back her disdain for the music manager.  She called his ownership of her songs “my worst nightmare” while blasting Braun as a piece of human garbage.

More recently, Swift was honored by the AMAs with the ‘Artist of the Decade’ award.  As part of the acceptance celebration, Swift was planning to perform a number of her biggest hits.  According to Swift, that’s when both Borchetta and Braun swooped in to block her performances.

The reason for both block, according to Swift, is that the singer has threatened to re-record all of her earlier songs in a bid to regain ownership of them.

“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show,” Taylor Swift wrote on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.”

She continues: “Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun.”

On top of that, Swift also claims that Braun is refusing to license any of Swift’s classic songs for an upcoming Netflix biopic.  The reason is same, though Swift’s statement suggests that some sort of re-recording arrangement may have been authorized or negotiated starting next year.

Either way, we’re not exactly sure it’s legal to prevent anyone from performing music in public — much less their own songs.

Under U.S. Copyright Law, public performances of works are allowed as long as statutory licenses are paid.  But things can get tricky with on-demand, post-show plays — and both Borchetta and Braun have a lot of muscle to force programming changes at the AMAs.

So far, there’s been no response from either Borchetta or Braun.

Here’s Swift’s full statement, dropped onto Twitter this afternoon.

Guys – It’s been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year’s ceremony. I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.

Additionally — and this isn’t the way I had planned on telling you this news — Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years. Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film.

Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun.

I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate. The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.

This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.

Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work. Please ask them for help with this – I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote. I’m especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.

I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything. Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark.

I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on.