Updated: July / 1 / 2019
The talented pop star, Taylor Swift, has started a feud with Justin Bieber’s manager for buying her music catalog, prompting Bieber to come to his defense in a heated online dispute that has drawn in several top figures in the music industry.
On Sunday, Swift took to social media to write a lengthy post on Tumblr voicing her dismay that Scooter Braun, who is the manager for Bieber as well as other talented artists such as Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, was acquiring Big Machine, the Nashville-based record company that owns the master recordings of her past songs.
“This is my worst case scenario,” the “Shake It Off,” singer wrote, and accused Braun of “incessant, manipulative bullying.”
Swift said Braun “got two of his clients to bully me online” about a 2016 tiff with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and referred to a photo of Braun and Bieber.
“Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy,” Swift wrote, signing the post “sad and grossed out.”
A representative for Braun, who owns the company Ithaca Holdings, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the online feud.
On Sunday, Ithaca Holdings LLC announced it would be acquiring the Big Machine Label Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed to the public.
Swift, 29, signed with Big Machine at the age of 15 and left last November for Universal Music Group, a unit of French conglomerate Vivendi. She is expected to be releasing her first album with UMG in August.