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[Photos by: Taylor Swift/Valheria Rocha, Halsey]

Halsey posted to her Instagram story defending the statement Taylor Swift made regarding Scooter Braun not allowing the pop singer to perform her own music on the upcoming American Music Awards.

In June, Big Machine Label Group, originally owned by Scott Borchetta, revealed the news that Braun’s Ithaca Holdings agreed to acquire the label which included Swift’s entire catalog she released through BMLG. The back catalog Braun has now acquired from Swift includes her self-titled album, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation.

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Swift released a statement via Tumblr stating she learned about the news along with the rest of the world. However, a source told Billboard that Swift’s camp knew about the acquisition since when Big Machine had a shareholder meeting to discuss the deal.

Swift’s initial statement discusses the “manipulative bullying” she received at Braun’s hand for years, calling his acquisition of her masters her “worst case scenario.”


Following the news in June, Halsey spoke out on behalf of Swift, penning her own statement in support of her fellow artist.

In July, Panic At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie made his own statement regarding the “toxic industry” and the sales of Swift’s master tracks.

“It just broke my heart,” Urie. “I read Taylor’s statement and I was like ‘Sounds about right.’ You know? Toxic dudes doing toxic bullshit in this toxic industry,” Urie said.

Recently, Swift was named the AMA’s Artist of the Decade, but now the singer is stating she’ll be unable to perform a medley of her post popular tracks on television because of restrictions Borchetta and Braun have made.

“Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” Swift stated on Twitter.

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She also announced that Netflix would be releasing a documentary about her life but the two men have refused to let them use her older music and performance footage for the film. Borchetta said to let Swift use her own assets as long as she didn’t re-record her new versions of her old tracks next November.

“The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished,” the pop singer continues. “This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.”

The full statement is available below.

After posting a video of herself singing Swift’s “Mean,” Halsey made a statement of her own regarding the situation through a post on her Instagram story, backing up the singer once again.

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“Not only are we looking at an awful business move, but this is just mean. This is punishment. This is hoping to silence her from speaking about things by dangling them over her head.”

The alt-pop singer also posted a video of herself singing Swift’s “Mean” on her Instagram story.

In response to alt-rock singer Vérité’s tweet about Swift and independent artists.

“Everyone wants a different career and a different path,” Halsey says. “But insinuating she should have known or done better to reach her magnitude is negligent.”

Halsey continued to back up her statement saying she knows what it’s like from both sides as an independent artist and being signed to a label.

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She goes on to say that labels should be trustworthy entities and artists shouldn’t have to fear the people who are supposed to be on their side.

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In response to Halsey’s initial tweet, Vérité has made a statement defending herself saying she understood how her post could have been taken the wrong way and that she is on Swift’s side.

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