Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman got into Taylor Swift’s feud with Scooter Braun, saying he “feels sorry for” musicians who aren’t able to do what she did by re-recording her album. success story of 2008.
The record producer, 74, spoke of the singer, 31, during an interview on Times Radio on Wednesday, saying there was “no fury like a despised woman.”
Taylor accused Scooter Braun of “harassment” after buying most of his work, thanks to his acquisition of his old label Big Machine for $ 300 million.
Speaking: Record producer Pete Waterman slammed Taylor Swift on Wednesday saying Scooter Braun “did it” and said he “felt sorry for” the musicians who do what she has.
Braun-based Ithaca Holdings LLC bought Nashville-based indie label Big Machine, founded by Scott Borchetta in 2005, in June 2019 for just over $ 300 million.
The deal included Swift’s catalog – from her eponymous debut in 2006 to Reputation in 2017 – as well as all of her music videos recorded in that time frame and artwork from her album.
At the time, Taylor expressed public outrage that Scooter had acquired the rights to his master recordings. She called the situation a “worst case scenario” and said the news made her “sad and disgusted” because, in part, she claims the music mogul perpetuated “the relentless and manipulative bullying” against her for years. years to “dismantle” his musical heritage. .
In Her Way: Taylor released her re-recorded version of her album Fearless last week, and Pete said, “There’s no question about it – it’s a vendetta between her and her ex manager.”
However, record producer Pete appeared to get on the wrong side of the stick on Wednesday as he believed Scooter was Taylor’s manager.
He asserted, “Let’s be honest, there is no rage like a despised woman, and she [is] despised. You know, there’s no doubt about it – it’s a vendetta between her and her ex manager.
Pete continued, “I’m sorry for the young songwriters, who can’t do this, don’t have the money to take the lawyers to create this.
“So, for example, if a young writer, let’s just say he had five or six hits, if he did, he would literally go bankrupt within five years. “
Fearless is the first of six albums that Taylor plans to re-record and release in order to regain creative control of his music after the sale of his old catalog “without his knowledge”.
Braun acquired ownership of Swift’s past music catalog when he purchased his first label, Big Machine Records, in June 2019.
Insane not to have had the chance to buy back her work, she made public her idea of re-recording the six albums three months later.
Taking back creative control: Taylor released his own version of his 2008 album Fearless on Thursday after his master recordings were sold and promoted it on social media
But then, in November 2020, Braun sold the rights to his first six albums to private equity firm Shamrock Holdings, in a deal worth more than $ 300 million, according to Variety.
Determined to retain ownership of her future music, Swift signed a new deal with Universal Music Group in 2019 giving her the rights to all future masters, which would include her surprise albums Folklore and Evermore, as well as Lover from 2019.
Released in 2008, Fearless was Swift’s second studio album, which went on to become critical and commercial success with her crossover singles Love Story and You Belong With Me.
Old and New: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) features 26 songs and six unreleased tracks
The album won four Grammy Awards at the 52nd ceremony and helped solidify Pennsylvania as one of the greatest performers of its generation.
Although Swift retained the publishing rights to her songs and makes money whenever someone streams them or purchases a download or CD from the compositions, she did not own the actual master recordings, which were originally owned by his label Big Machine. .
As a sign of devotion, her fans, known as the Swifties, are currently trying to erase the original recordings on Spotify.
The Taylor Swift Updates Twitter account shared a how-to guide to hiding all old versions of her albums and songs on Spotify to ensure fans get the re-recordings automatically.
Back catalog: Taylor announced in August 2019 that she would re-record her first six albums after failing to acquire her back catalog bought and sold by Braun