Taylor Swift wins fight against former label Big Machine to sing her early hits at AMAs

Taylor Swift wins fight against former label Big Machine to sing her early hits at AMAs

Swift's ongoing dispute with Big Machine Group over the rights to her music was resurrected last week when the singer claimed the label was blocking her from singing her old songs

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Swift's planned performance at the AMAs - where she is being honoured with the Artist of the Decade award - will go ahead.
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It seems pop star Taylor Swift has won the latest battle in her ongoing dispute with former record label Big Machine Group (BMG). The company has given Swift the green light to sing her early hits at an awards show, after she called them out for initially blocking the performance.

There is a bit of backstory to this dispute, so here’s a brief catch-up:

Last November, Swift announced she was leaving BMG, her label of 10 years – partly because it would not give her the master rights to her original recordings.

Then in June, BMG’s founder, Scott Borchetta, sold the company to top music executive Scooter Braun. The sale gave Braun the rights to all the music Swift had recorded under BMG, which includes her first six albums.

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Swift expressed her dismay over the sale in a Tumblr post, saying it had “stripped me of my life’s work”. She also accused Braun of bullying her. In August, Swift announced her plans to re-record her old music as soon as she is legally allowed to. This would reduce the value of the original recordings Braun owns.

But last week, Swift wrote another Tumblr post claiming BMG had blocked her from performing a medley of her old songs at the American Music Awards (AMAs) this month. She said BMG was arguing that because the show was recorded, it constituted Swift re-recording her old music before she is illegally allowed to.

BMG initially said the claims weren’t true, but on Monday it relented, giving Swift permission to sing what she wants.

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