Taylor Swift has been writing and recording hit songs since she was 16 years old. She left her original record label, Big Machine Records, in 2018 to sign with Universal Music. Recently, the founders of her former label, Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta purchased the singer’s back catalog for $300 million.
The record label and Swift have been fighting since the sale with the signer claiming she is being prevented from playing her own songs. This week, the music superstar found a new ally in Elizabeth Warren who said she will prevent situations like this from happening.
Swift took to Twitter to post a long message to her 85 million followers. She wrote, among other things, “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.”
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
She continued, “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.”
The message got the attention of Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator tweeted, “Unfortunately, Taylor Swift is one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm. 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.”
Unfortunately, @TaylorSwift13 is one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm. 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. https://t.co/r2UD4CT1Ba
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 16, 2019