Sheryl Crow, she believes big business is just business. On an appearance of Watch What Happens Live. Wednesday, the singer revealed to Andy Cohen that she doesn’t know what the big stink was over Scooter Braun buying Taylor Swift’s Masters. Now, while Crow says that she lives with her head in a big hole, as she put it, and stays out of that world, she explained that deals like bronze actually happen pretty often.
I will say one thing about Masters is that, you know, like I signed with a record label 30 years ago and within five years then it became owned by Interscope and then Interscope got bought by Universal. And so these things are that’s just the way the business goes. It’s totally not unusual for your masters to change hands like nine thousand times. Sheryl Crow said.
Sheryl Crow recently signed with Big Machine Label Group, which was acquired by Scooter Braun earlier this summer. Taylor Swift’s music went along with that acquisition, which Swift said made her feel sad and grossed out.
Crow went on to agree with Cohen that a deal like this could even happen again, implying that what happened to Swift is not at all that rare in the biz. It’s interesting to get another artist’s perspective here, and I think Taylor speaking out so openly about it is really bringing this kind of thing into the public’s awareness, more so than it would in a normal deal.
But after that deal was announced, Taylor Swift wrote a lengthy post on Tumblr, saying in part, for years I asked pleaded for a chance to own my work. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past, music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned, playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums, she added, I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years. That was Taylor’s statement.
Swift revealed on Good Morning America while promoting her seventh album Lover that she’s going to be re-recording albums 1 through 5 all over again in order to create and own new versions of the Masters. The superstar is really excited about it, she added on the morning show, quote, I just think that artists deserve to own their work. I just feel very passionately about that.