April 23, 2020: Taylor Swift Puts Former Record Label on Blast For New Live Album
In an Instagram Story, the singer called out Big Machine Records for releasing a new live album without her consent. "Hey guys – I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an 'album' of live performances of mine tonight," she wrote. "This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18. Big Machine has listed the date as a 2017 release but they're actually releasing it tonight at midnight."
She continued, "I'm always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me. It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 MILLION for my music wasn't exactly a wise choice and they need money. In my opinion . . . just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent."