Halsey, Kelly Clarkson Tweet Messages of Support to Taylor Swift After Scooter Braun Acquires Music Catalog
Halsey spoke out in defense of Swift following the news that Braun acquired her catalog of hits with Big Machine Records, which left the "Shake It Off" singer "sad and grossed out."
Halsey took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to post a message of support to Taylor Swift after Swift revealed she was "sad and grossed out" upon learning Scooter Braun now owns her Big Machine catalog.
In the post, Halsey writes about how Swift inspired her to write her own music, saying, "Taylor Swift is a huge reason why I always insisted to write my own music. I believed if she did it (in a way that made my teeth ache like cold water and my heart swell and my eyes leak) than I should too. Cause that's how to make someone feel. To drag it from the pits of your heart. To offer it on a platter and say 'take some but take kindly.' She deserves to own the painstaking labor of her heart."
"It turns my guts that no matter how much power or success a woman has in this life, you are still susceptible to someone coming along and making you feel powerless out of spite," she added. "It speaks volumes to how far we have to come in the music industry."
Todrick Hall, who co-produced Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" music video, took to Twitter to defend the singer, calling Braun "an evil person" and writing that "I truly hope that justice is served and my friend's music will fall into the hands of a better human."
He added: "For those asking, I left Scooter Braun a long time ago...I am saddened by this news, but not shocked. He is an evil person who's only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego. I believe he is homophobic & I know from his own mouth that he is not a Swift fan."
Kelly Clarkson also took to Twitter to offer a suggestion to Swift that would allow her to "prove a point" in the wake of the development. Swift has voiced her dismay over Braun taking control of her masters in the new deal, and Clarkson addressed that by pushing her to re-record her previous work. "U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on," she tweeted, and went on to encourage her to put a fresh spin on the material with "brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions." She added that she'd "buy all of the new versions just to prove a point" herself.
Swift's longtime video director/collaborator Joseph Kahn also tweeted in support of the singer, writing, "I feel terrible for Taylor. This is the record business at its most ruthless and shady. She is genuinely one of the nicest people ever and does not deserve this. She should own her work. These people are soulless."
Iggy Azalea also weighed in on the news, tweeting that Braun had done the "dirty" on Swift and extolling the virtues of owning your own masters. "And this is why I'm so happy to own my master for this new album, they really do ppl crazy dirty on ownership of their intellectual property in the biz," Azalea tweeted.
See all the stars who have tweeted in support of Swift below.
Telling someone about a deal days before it’s public means the deal was already done & she never had the opportunity to even make a bid to own her own work. These deals take months to negotiate in long form. https://t.co/Ra7NdxzcOM— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) June 30, 2019
I feel terrible for Taylor. This is the record business at it’s most ruthless and shady. She is genuinely one of the nicest people ever and does not deserve this. She should own her work. These people are soulless.https://t.co/RoHkFumLFA— Joseph Kahn (@JosephKahn) June 30, 2019
@taylorswift13 just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) July 13, 2019
This article was originally published on Billboard.com.
July 14, 1:15 p.m. Updated with Kelly Clarkson's tweet.