According to Swift, a settlement could be reached where she would be able to play her own music if she agrees to not re-record her old music, which she is planning to do once her contract ends in 2020. She must also refrain from speaking publicly about Braun and former Big Machine Records owner Scott Borchetta. “The message being sent to me is very clear,” wrote Swift. “Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”Writing that she hopes coming forward will save other artists from a similar fate, Swift also pleaded with her fans and musicians under Braun’s management to help her “…talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.”Swift closed the note by saying her future is currently unknown. “I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything. Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark. I love you guys and I thought you should know what’s been going on.”
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
Statement regarding Big Machine pic.twitter.com/9ZhjE1ntHe— Tree Paine (@treepaine) November 15, 2019
Camila Cabello spoke out about the important of Swift’s music not just to her, but to Swift’s millions of fans around the world.
Selena Gomez showed her support and love to Taylor Swift!#IStandWithTaylor pic.twitter.com/Ybt33Ya94v— Taylor Swift Facts (@blessedswifty) November 15, 2019
Hilary Duff has since deleted her Instagram Story, but a screengrab shows the singer and actor supporting Swift and commenting on firing Braun as her manager.
? | Camila Cabello via her Instagram Story #IStandWithTaylor“A record label cant be allowed to do this to an artist...whatever needs to happen to get this situation fixed, needs to happen.” pic.twitter.com/DuNgOi42nR— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSUpdatesNYBU) November 15, 2019
Longtime Swift support Halsey said that she believes Braun is hoping the world will accuse Swift of overreacting, which Halsey says is not only false, but demeaning.
Hilary Duff’s now deleted IG story #IStandWithTaylor pic.twitter.com/TTtL3aQ1yT— A ?? (@theswiftone13) November 15, 2019
British singer Lily Allen engaged with several Twitter followers about Swift’s situation, noting that music contracts are confusing to adults, let along teens who are new to the music industry.
? IG | Halsey supporting Taylor via Instagram story #IStandWithTaylor“It is her grace and patience in these moments that make her Artist of the Decade.” pic.twitter.com/zC12Yq2x9G— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) November 15, 2019
Model and longtime pal Gigi Hadid asked the powers at play to reconsider their position.
She was 16 or something. Not allowed to drink or have sex, but somehow allowed to sign away her life.— LILY ALLEN 2.0 (@lilyallen) November 15, 2019
Singer Sara Bareilles called the situation an ‘outrageous abuse of power.’
Scott and Scooter, you know what the right thing to do is ??Taylor and her fans deserve to celebrate the music!!— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 15, 2019
Even writer Roxane Gay, who admits that she is not a Swiftie, touched on the situation, which she says shows just how misogynistic business dealings can be for women when one of the most famous women in the world is being silenced.As for new music that Swift can perform, the singer dropped the single “Beautiful Ghosts” from the upcoming Cats movie on Friday morning. Swift wrote the hauntingly beautiful track with musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Weber. The song is a big theatrical number but it's definitely been overshadowed by the other Taylor Swift news.
outrageous abuse of power and completely unforgivable. #IStandWithTaylor https://t.co/ofvxs4gQiH— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) November 15, 2019