TAYLOR Swift looked to have succeeded in being permitted to perform her own back catalogue of music at the American Music Awards this Sunday – only for the producers of the show to cast doubt on the decision.
The star’s former record label – Big Machine Label Group released a statement on Monday claiming to have solved the deadlock between them and Swift, however the show’s producer, Dick Clark Productions, denied that any agreement was reached, reports Variety.
The spat came to light last week when Taylor tweeted about the refusal from Big Machine to allow her to perform a medley of her hits when she’s named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards on November 24.
The label claimed that it had reached an agreement that would allow Swift to perform songs from her stint with the them, earlier on Monday.
They released a statement which read: “The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms.
“This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances. It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media. Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists’ audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”
However, the producers clarified: “At no time did dick clark productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards.
“Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team. We have no further comment.”
Swift had begged fans for help last Thursday as she revealed she may not perform at the AMAs after being banned from singing her own songs.
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The popstar, 29, said she may also have to put other projects – including a previously undisclosed Netflix doc – on hold because of a bitter row over her old hits.
She blasted: “Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November 2020 are a question mark.”
In an explosive statement on social media, the Bad Blood singer wrote: “I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it.
“I’ve tried to work out this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything.”
It’s the latest episode in an ongoing feud between Taylor and music manager Scooter Braun, who now controls the master recordings of her hit songs up to 2018.
He came into their possession after buying Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group for $300million in June.
Taylor had been signed to the music firm until last year, when she switched over to The Universal Group to release her seventh album, Lover.
The $360million chart-topper has regularly spoken out about the aftermath of the buyout to call for greater rights for music artists.
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She said she feels like the two men have treated her with disdain, effectively telling her to “be a good little girl and shut up – or you’ll be punished”.
Taylor also said in the posts that Borchetta has told her he will allow the projects to go ahead if she stops trashing the two men.
And he wants her to drop plans to record copycat versions of her older songs next year, she claimed.
Swift says she still plans to re-record the tracks and has the legal right to.