Taylor Swift’s former record label hits back over singer’s awards ban claim


Taylor Swift’s former record label has denied it is blocking the singer from performing her own hits at the upcoming American Music Awards (AMAs).

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), which owns the rights to much of Swift’s back catalogue, also denied her claims that it had moved to stop the release of a Netflix documentary about her life.

On Thursday the Lover chart-topper, 29, accused BMLG head and prominent music industry figure Scooter Braun, 38, of “exercising tyrannical control” over her career.

She alleged he and Scott Borchetta were blocking her from performing a medley of her songs at the AMAs, where she will be named artist of the decade later this month.

Borchetta founded BMLG, which signed Swift as a teenager and for which she recorded many of her hits.

However, earlier this year Braun, who manages high-profile pop stars including Justin Bieber, acquired Swift’s back catalogue, with Swift saying she was “sad” and “grossed out” at the move.

In a statement released on Friday via its website, representatives of BMLG described Swift’s allegations as “false information”.

They claimed that Swift “has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company”.

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