Taylor Swift Decries Soros for Buying Her Music Rights

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Taylor Swift on Thursday blasted music manager Scooter Braun and the billionaire George Soros family for allegedly buying the rights to her music.

Swift made the remarks during her acceptance speech for Billboard’s Woman of the Decade award Thursday, according to a story by Breitbart. She lamented the “unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying our music as if it’s real estate — as if it’s an app or a shoe line.”

Braun, 38, purchased the independent record label Big Machine and the master rights to Taylor’s first six albums. Soros allegedly provided the cash.

According to Rolling Stone and Yahoo News:

“This just happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent,” Swift said during her speech, which also discussed sexism in the music industry. “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. 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.”

Alex Clark, host of the conservative pop culture show “Poplitics,” tweeted about the irony of Swift bashing two rich liberal activists:

The significance of this explained. This is the Taylor Swift political timeline & what we know:

In 2016 Taylor has her falling out with Kimye. She doesn’t endorse any candidate running because she thinks that her temporary negative public image could hurt rather than help.

Taylor now says she greatly regrets this decision. So in 2018 for the midterm election she publicly bashes Republican Marsha Blackburn and endorses Democrat Phil Bredesen. She says she’s done staying quiet in politics from now on.

The Tennessee Star in October 2018 reported on Swift’s endorsement of Democrat Phil Bredesen in his race against Republican Marsha Blackburn for the U.S. Senate, breaking her previous silence on political matters.

Despite Twitter naming the pop star the Most Influential Person on its platform in 2018, her endorsement of Bredesen fell on deaf ears and did little to help the Democrat, who lost handily to Blackburn, The Star reported.

Clark also posted: “This year she’s promoted petitions like the Equality Act, and said she plans on getting even louder when it comes to her activism ahead of 2020. Then a few months ago, the rights to her old music is sold to Scooter Braun.”

The liberal entertainer’s spat is ironic too given that Braun is an organizer of the gun-control effort March for Our Lives. Soros, of course, is behind a slew of liberal causes including the impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump.

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
Photo “Taylor Swift” by Eva Rinaldi. CC BY-SA 2.0.

 

 

 

 

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