On Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also chimed in on Swift’s ongoing battle with Borchetta and Braun, tweeting: “Private equity groups’ predatory practices actively hurt millions of Americans. Their leveraged buyouts have destroyed the lives of retail workers across the country, scrapping 1+ million jobs. Now they’re holding @taylorswift13’s own music hostage. They need to be reigned in.”
While Borchetta and Braun firmly denied Swift’s accusations (in which she also claimed they had tried to halt production of a Netflix documentary about her), fellow music makers Halsey and Selena Gomez championed on the side of the Pennsylvania native.
“Not only are we looking at an awful business move…but this is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling this over her head,” Halsey had shared on her Instagram stories earlier this week.
“At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special,” Big Machine Label Group said in response to the Swift controversy, as reported by Rolling Stone. “In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.”
The label’s headquarters in Nashville shut down early on Friday after “direct and hostile death threats being made to employees of the company,” reported Entertainment Tonight.
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