The very public to and fro conflict between Taylor Swift and her former record label among the rights to her songs has become even more perplexed.
On Monday afternoon, the producers of the American Music Awards opposed a statement made initially in the day by Big Machine Label Group that the two groups had reached an agreement that would let Swift to perform a medley of her old hits on the particular show.
Swift is planned to receive the made-for-TV award show’s “Artist of the Decade” honor this Sunday.
The pop singer wants to perform the songs of her favorites but claims that Big Machine opposed a request that would let her do so.
The label published Swift’s first six studio albums and owns the rights to most of her songs.
Big Machine published a statement on Monday that the label and Dick Clark Productions — the company behind the American Music Awards — had reached an agreement.
“The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post-show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms,” the statement tells. “This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances. It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media.
Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists’ audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”
A few hours later, however, Dick Clark Productions refused Big Machine’s statement. The company sent a statement to NPR that says:
“At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards.
Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team. We have no further comment.”
Previous week, the recent chapter in the ongoing power and financial crisis between Swift and her former label came to a head when the artist asserted on social media that Big Machine had stopped her from performing a medley of her old hits on the AMAs, as well as opposing sanction for her Big Machine-era hits to be included in an upcoming Netflix bio documentary.