Kelly Clarkson suggested on Twitter that Taylor Swift re-record the albums she doesn’t own, amid the 2019 dispute over masters between her and Scooter Braun.
“@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,” she wrote at the time, and in a new interview, Clarkson reflected on her four-year-old tweet.
“I think Scooter took offense to it … we ran into each other, and he reached out at the time to my manager,” she said. “I was like, ‘It wasn’t anything against him.’ When she came out and said that and I heard about it, I was like, ‘Whatever. Re-record them. Your fans will support you.’ Uh, they did! She has like every top record right now in the charts!”
She continued by saying that she had no knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Braun’s $300 million acquisition of Swift’s catalogue and Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records Label Group at the time. Swift started the process of re-recording her first six Big Machine albums after Braun sold the masters in 2020. “All I heard was, ‘Man, I really want to own.’ […] She writes everything! It’s so important to her. She’s a businesswoman,” Clarkson stated. “It felt wrong that she didn’t have the opportunity, right? That’s the thing. If you have the opportunity and you choose to not pay that much money, that’s one thing, but to not have the opportunity to own something that is really important to you — I’m not that artist. I don’t care like what I own. I’m not a businesswoman at all.”
Swift is a “genius,” according to Clarkson, not only for re-recording her albums but also for embarking on the extensive ‘The Eras’ tour. Swift reportedly “thanked” Clarkson for the idea, to which Clarkson said, “I think she is brilliant. She would’ve come up with that on her own and she maybe already had before I even tweeted it.”
– Riya Sohini