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Taylor Swift’s Ex-Record Label Head Scott Borchetta Fires Back With ‘Truth’ — Attempts To Defend Scooter Braun Sale

Scott Borchetta is speaking out…
The founder of Big Machine Label Group — Taylor Swift‘s first record label she ever signed to as a teenager — is at the center of the ongoing controversy involving Scooter Braun buying up the country superstar’s entire music catalog from her first six albums… and now, he wants to set the record straight.
Related: Taylor Caught Lying?? Catch Up On Everything HERE!!!
In a blog post on the Big Machine website, Borchetta lays out what he calls “some truth” about the entire situation, attempting to refute allegations Taylor first made in her own Tumblr post about Braun’s purchase on Sunday afternoon.
Published late Sunday night, the post involves details about the sale of Big Machine’s catalog, and attempts to downplay Borchetta’s role in Swift losing her music catalog to a man she terms as a “bully.” Furthermore, Borchetta argues in the post that he was actually trying to negotiate with the songstress to allow her to buy back her entire catalog — before, you know, he sold out to Braun.
Borchetta opens with this (below):

“So, it’s time for some truth… In regard to a post earlier today from Taylor, it’s time to set some things straight.
Taylor’s dad, Scott Swift, was a shareholder in Big Machine Records, LLC. We first alerted all of the shareholders on Thursday, June 20th for an official shareholder’s call scheduled for Tuesday, June 25th. On the 6/25 call the shareholders were made aware of the pending deal with Ithaca Holdings and had 3 days to go over all of the details of the proposed transaction. We then had a final call on Friday, June 28th in which the transaction passed with a majority vote and 3 of the 5 shareholders voting ‘yes’ with 92% of the shareholder’s vote.
Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor at 9:06pm, Saturday, June 29th to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of Sunday, June 30th so she could hear it directly from me.
I guess it might somehow be possible that her dad Scott, 13 Management lawyer Jay Schaudies (who represented Scott Swift on the shareholder calls) or 13 Management executive and Big Machine LLC shareholder Frank Bell (who was on the shareholder calls) didn’t say anything to Taylor over the prior 5 days. I guess it’s possible that she might not have seen my text. But, I truly doubt that she ‘woke up to the news when everyone else did.’”

As we now know, Borchetta may have this wrong.
Remember, we’ve already reported on how a source close to the situation told People about how Swift’s dad, Scott Swift, was legally barred from sitting in on that shareholder meeting due to conflicts of interest. Because of that, he never could’ve had prior knowledge of the sale, and thus, it’s very likely neither he nor Taylor ever knew anything about the sale before it was finalized. But whatever, Scott…
Moving on, Borchetta attaches a screenshot of some “deal points” from what is supposedly his final offer to Swift to remain at Big Machine Records; he acts as though doing this was somehow charitable to Taylor, despite the fact that the artist already explained in great detail in her original post why staying at Big Machine was NOT an option.
But nevertheless, Scott attaches the screenshot of those deal points (below):
Scott Borchetta’s screenshot of his supposed offer to Taylor Swift. / (c) Big Machine Label GroupAnd then he continues on further, by writing (below):

“I am attaching a few very important deal points in what was part of our official last offer to Taylor Swift to remain at Big Machine Records. Her 13 Management team and attorney Don Passman went over this document in great detail and reported the terms to her in great detail.
Taylor and I then talked through the deal together.
As you will read, 100% of all Taylor Swift assets were to be transferred to her immediately upon signing the new agreement. We were working together on a new type of deal for our new streaming world that was not necessarily tied to ‘albums’ but more of a length of time.
We are an independent record company. We do not have tens of thousands of artists and recordings. My offer to Taylor, for the size of our company, was extraordinary. But it was also all I could offer as I am responsible for dozens of artists’ careers and over 120 executives and their families.
Taylor and I remained on very good terms when she told me she wanted to speak with other record companies and see what was out there for her. I never got in her way and wished her well.
The morning that the new Taylor/UMG announcement was going to be made, she texted me shortly before letting me know that the announcement was coming in a few minutes.
As we both posted on our socials, we saluted each other and cheered each other on.
Taylor had every chance in the world to own not just her master recordings, but every video, photograph, everything associated to her career. She chose to leave.”

Hmmm…
Borchetta then launches a low-key attack on Swift for not participating at the Manchester benefit concert, or at the march for Parkland shooting victims, as you can see with this shady little section of the letter (below):

“As to her comments about ‘being in tears or close to it’ anytime my new partner Scooter Braun’s name was brought up, I certainly never experienced that. Was I aware of some prior issues between Taylor and Justin Bieber? Yes. But there were also times where Taylor knew that I was close to Scooter and that Scooter was a very good source of information for upcoming album releases, tours, etc, and I’d reach out to him for information on our behalf. Scooter was never anything but positive about Taylor. He called me directly about Manchester to see if Taylor would participate (she declined).
He called me directly to see if Taylor wanted to participate in the Parkland March (she declined). Scooter has always been and will continue to be a supporter and honest custodian for Taylor and her music.”

Remember — Borchetta personally benefits greatly from Scooter’s purchase of Big Machine, and so it’s in Borchetta’s best interest to paint Braun in the best possible light here.
Does that mean T. Swift was right or wrong for not doing those activist events? Who knows?! We’ve definitely criticized her in the past for sitting on the sidelines when the world needed to hear her political voice. But just don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s in Borchetta’s best interest to make Braun look as good as possible, and by doing so, make Taylor seem… yeah.
Just sayin’!!!!
Borchetta then shares texts — but interestingly, not screenshots — of a message sent from Taylor to him back in mid-November (below):

“Scott,
I hope this finds you well. Since communication ran dry on our negotiations, I’ve done what I told you I would do and gone out exploring other options. Owning my masters was very important to me, but I’ve since realized that there are things that mean even more to me in the bigger picture. I had a choice whether to bet on my past or to bet on the future and I think knowing me, you can guess which one I chose. I also saw a rare opportunity to effect positive change for a lot of other artists with the leverage I have right now. I know you believe in the same things I do and I’d like to think you would be proud of what I’ve negotiated for in my deal. I wanted to tell you first that I’ll be signing with Lucian. I honestly truly cherish everything you and I have built together and I plan on saying so in my announcement of the new deal. What we accomplished together will be a lasting legacy and a case study on excellent partnerships, and may it continue. I still view you as a partner and friend and I hope you feel the same. Sending you a hug and my most sincere gratitude.
And SO much love,
Taylor”

But why no screenshots?! Where are the receipts???
Hmmm…
He also shares a shot of his text back to Taylor, on June 29, about the impending sale of Big Machine (below):

“Dear Taylor,
Hope all is well and congratulations on the success of your first two singles from “Lover”!
I can’t wait to hear the entire album…
I wanted to pass along to you the same courtesy that you passed along to me in regard to my future.
Tomorrow morning (Sunday, June 30th) at 10a central, the Wall Street Journal will announce that I am entering into a merger/acquisition with Scooter Braun and Ithaca Holdings. This move will give us more pop culture super-power than ever before and I’m so excited about the future.
I want you to know that I will continue to be the proud custodian of your previous works and will continue to keep you and your team abreast of all future plans for releases of you work.
Nothing but the best,
Scott”

Hmmm…
Is it just us, or does something still seem a big shady here???
What do U think, Perezcious readers?!?!
P.S. — for those interested, you can read Borchetta’s full letter HERE.
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