Swift posted a lengthy message on her Tumblr page on Sunday morning after the news broke that Braun had agreed to buy Big Machine Label Group LLC, which owns the rights to Swift's music, as well as music from the likes of Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum.
"For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work," Swift began. "Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. 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."
Sources close to Braun tell The Blast that he had no idea that Swift had tried to buy back her music and this was simply a straightforward business deal between him and the company.
Swift said she only learned the news when it was announced today, adding, "All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years."