Musician Taylor Swift added to the narrative of the feud between her and entertainment mogul Scooter Braun during her speech at Billboard’s Women in Music event.
Swift called out Braun during her acceptance speech Thursday for the Woman of the Decade award, according to a report published by Rolling Stone. The “Reputation” singer also called out more parties involved in the dispute, including George Soros, 23 Capital and the Carlyle Group.
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“This just happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent,” Swift said during her speech, referring to the sale of her master rights to Braun. “After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital and that Carlyle Group.”
“Yet, to this day, none of these investors have bothered to contact me or my team directly — to perform their due diligence on their investment,” she added. “On their investment in me. To ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art, the music I wrote, the videos I created, photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs.” (RELATED: Taylor Swift Claims She Would Have ‘Paid So Much’ To Own Her Masters)
The whole feud began after Braun purchased Big Machine Label Group, which made him the owner of Swift’s masters. Swift originally shared her thoughts on the sale on Tumblr.
“Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy,” she wrote at the time. “Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.”
Swift has now announced she will be re-recording all of her original songs after she is allowed to, while Braun has claimed he’s open to discussing a sale of the masters.
23 Capital declined to comment on specific details of the deal, but went on to say their team works “across the music industry to support creativity and flexibility.”