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Music exec reports 'death threats' amid feud with Taylor Swift

 

Agence France-Presse

New York, United States  /  Sat, November 23, 2019  /  12:18 pm
Music exec reports 'death threats' amid feud with Taylor Swift

In this file photo taken on Nov. 14, 2018, Entrepreneur/manager Scooter Braun attends the 6th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Braun said Nov. 22, 2019, his dispute with megastar Taylor Swift over her music catalog has left his family receiving 'death threats.' (AFP/Steven Ferdman)

Music industry mogul Scooter Braun said Friday his dispute with megastar Taylor Swift over her music catalog has left his family receiving "death threats."

The 29-year-old pop artist famous for hits like "Shake It Off" began publicly sparring with Braun this summer over his company's purchase of her former label, Big Machine Label Group, which gave him a majority stake in the master recordings of her first six albums.

Last week, Swift -- known for her calculating social media strategy -- said on Tumblr that Big Machine heads were "exercising tyrannical control," claiming they were preventing her from performing at an upcoming awards gala and releasing a Netflix documentary including songs from her early catalog.

In the post she pleaded with her fans and fellow artists to back her cause.

Braun had not publicly spoken out on the matter, but early Friday dropped a lengthy Instagram post saying Swift's appeal had resulted in "numerous death threats directed at my family."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I assume this was not your intention but it is important that you understand that your words carry a tremendous amount of weight," Braun wrote.

"While disappointed that you have remained silent after being notified by your attorney 4 days ago of these ongoing threats, I'm still hopeful that we can fix this."

Read also: Ex-label says Taylor Swift can sing her old hits at awards show

Swift has not responded publicly to Braun's post.

Earlier this week Big Machine had said it would allow Swift to perform some of her early hits at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

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