brown scooter wish he had done things differently with Taylor Swift.
To recap, Scooter acquired Taylor’s masters to his Reputation album when buying his former record label, Big Machine, in June 2019. On the same day, Taylor called the takeover a “worst-case scenario” on Tumblr, and they’ve been at odds ever since.
Speaking on The Limits podcast with Jay Williams, Braun admitted he “would have” handled the situation differently and “learned an important lesson”.
Scooter reflected on when “all hell broke loose” – as in Taylor’s Tumblr post – and thinks the problem arose because “a lot got lost in translation”. The talent manager said he was “under a very strict NDA” when acquiring Big Machine, so he “wasn’t legally allowed” to “notify an artist” of the deal beforehand.
“So the regret I have there is that I assumed that everyone, once the deal was done, was going to have a conversation with me, see my intent, see my character and say, “Great, let’s do business together,” he said. Braun admitted his mindset came from “a place of arrogance.”
As for what he learned, Braun said, “I can never make that assumption again.” He added: “I think when you have a conflict with someone it’s very difficult to resolve it if you’re not willing to have a conversation.”
He also learned to see things from Taylor’s perspective. “I didn’t appreciate how it all happened,” he confessed. “I thought it was unfair. But I also understand from the other side that they probably thought it was unfair too.
Braun, who has since sold the rights to Taylor’s first six albums for more than $300 million, says he’s “rooting” for Taylor and “wish[es] everyone got involved.
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