The album, Live from Clear Channel Stripped 2008, was recorded when Swift was 18 years old, around the release of his second Grammy-winning album Fearless. The live album was released by Big Machine, the former Swift label that was bought by music director Scooter Braun to its founder, Scott Borchetta. Swift has frequently criticized Braun and Borchetta – leading Braun to allege death threats from fans to his family – and plans to re-record and reissue his six albums released by Big Machine to regain control of his catalog.
In an Instagram post, Swift said, “This version is not approved by me. It seems to me that Scooter Braun and its donors, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and the Carlyle group saw the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $ 330 MILLION was not exactly a wise choice and they need money. “
She added: “In my opinion … Just another case of shameless greed in the days of coronaviruses. So tasteless, but very transparent. “
Swift’s criticisms of Braun have a long history. After purchasing Big Machine, Swift has accused Braun of “relentless and manipulative” bullying over the years through orchestrated feuds with clients Kanye West and Justin Bieber, which Braun denied. She then said that he prevented her from playing her own music at the awards ceremony in the United States, which Braun also denied.