The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson is siding with Taylor Swift in her feud with celebrity manager Scooter Braun. Kelly gave Taylor some advice on Twitter over the weekend about how she can gain back control of her music catalog.
In June, Taylor posted on Tumblr that she learned Scooter (who manages talent like Justin Bieber) had purchased the masters of her music “as it was announced to the world.” According to People, Scooter’s Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group, with whom Taylor used to work until last year. Taylor wrote that she had experienced “incessant, manipulative bullying” from Scooter for years.
Kelly Clarkson’s Advice For Taylor Swift
Taylor has received an outpouring of support from her fans, as well as fellow recording artists such as Halsey. On Saturday, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson joined them, tweeting a little advice for Taylor.
Kelly suggested that Taylor re-record the songs she doesn’t own the master recordings for but with new art, and add “some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions.” She added that she would “buy all of the new versions just to prove a point.”
What Is Taylor Swift’s Next Step?
Taylor hasn’t replied to the tweet, but it’s nice to see such a successful artist like Kelly supporting a fellow musician. And fans seem to agree, as the tweet has 19,000 retweets and over 100,000 likes.
As USA Today explains, there is a difference between owning the masters (or original recordings) of a song and owning the publishing rights (which refers to the lyrics and composition). Last year, singer JoJo did something similar to what Kelly is suggesting, re-recording her albums after a legal battle with her former label.
For the time being, Taylor seems to be focused on promoting her new album, Lover, which will be out August 23. She’s already released the singles “ME!” and “You Need to Calm Down.”