Taylor Swift put typically opaque, back-room music-industry dealings and rivalries on full public display Sunday afternoon, in a post on Tumblr in which she called out two executives involved in a major deal as manipulative and controlling. The online missive from Swift , one of the most successful and strategic pop stars of her generation, concerned the ownership of her master recordings — including all six of her multiplatinum albums — which are controlled by the Nashville-based record company Big Machine. The Big Machine Label Group, which includes multiple labels, announced on Sunday that it was being acquired by Scooter Braun , the powerful manager behind Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and his company Ithaca Holdings. Braun has also represented the rapper Kanye West, a longtime rival of Swift's. Swift, in her note, addressed both Braun — accusing him of years of "incessant, manipulative bullying" related to her tiffs with West — and the Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta, who she said refused to sell her control of her masters. In November, Swift left Big Machine, her first and, until that point, only label, and signed a multiyear, multi-album agreement with Universal Music Group and its subsidiary, Republic Records, with… Read full this story
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