Taylor Swift Announced She’ll Rerecord Her Old Music After The Scooter Braun Drama, And Then She Liked A Series Of Tumblr Posts About It

    "He literally bought her music for millions and soon it's all gonna be worth nothing."

    Yesterday, Taylor Swift revealed that she's intending to rerecord her old music after her former record label, Big Machine Records (and, as a result, the master recordings of her six albums), was purchased by Scooter Braun's company.

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    In a lengthy post published to her Tumblr account when news of the acquisition broke in June, Swift explained she was only offered the opportunity to own her existing masters if she signed another 10-year contract with Big Machine, essentially meaning she'd "earn back" the rights to one old album for every new one she produced.

    She also said the prospect of Braun owning her master recordings was her "worst nightmare".

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    In the post, Swift said she had experienced "manipulative bullying" at Braun's hands "for years". Braun was Kanye West's manager during the 2016 feud that caused Swift to take an extended break from the public eye.

    "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."

    But in an interview set to air on this week's CBS Sunday Morning, Swift said she "absolutely" plans on rerecording her back catalog, meaning she'll own the rights to the new recordings of her old songs.

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    Swift hasn't yet expanded on the revelation, but she did take to Tumblr to like some posts from fans expressing their excitement at the news.

    And her likes may give us a hint at how she's feeling about the whole situation...

    1. One person said while Swift does a lot for her fans, they're happy that she's rerecording her music for herself.

    2. "By re-recording her music she is not letting herself be played by a man," another wrote.

    3. Another person expressed their support for Swift and praised her confidence in the situation.

    4. Many fans simply expressed how proud they are of her decision.

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    7. "That is her whole entire career," one fan wrote. "The fact that she is taking ownership and control speaks volumes."

    8. Others pointed out that the masters Braun purchased for more than $300 million would become significantly less valuable once Swift rerecords her back catalog.

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    10. One person linked the situation to "The Man", a song on the upcoming Lover album.

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    We haven't heard the song yet, but we know it explores how Swift would be viewed if she were a man in the music industry. It includes the lyrics: "I’d be a fearless leader, I’d be an alpha type / When everyone believes you, what’s that like?"

    11. And another referenced Swift's original post about the situation, which she signed off with: "I will always be proud of my past work. But for a healthier option, Lover will be out August 23."

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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