'Oh absolutely': Taylor Swift says she will re-record old songs to thwart Scooter Braun

'Oh absolutely': Taylor Swift says she will re-record old songs to thwart Scooter Braun

Taylor Swift says she is "absolutely" planning to re-record her old songs to stop Scooter Braun profiting from them.

The executive's Ithaca Holdings purchased Swift's old label, Big Machine, and rights to her first six albums earlier this year.

Following a suggestion on social media by singer Kelly Clarkson that she create new, identical versions of her old material, Swift declared "Oh yeah" when asked by CBS if she was planning to follow the advice, adding "Oh absolutely [that's the plan]."

It is not clear whether Swift can re-record her earlier material, based on her recording contract with Big Machines, or if she plans to tackle her entire back catalogue or just songs that might be licensed for film and commercial use.

Swift has previously stated that Braun's acquisition of her songs is “my worst case scenario” adding that she "left my past in Scott’s hands and not my future. And hopefully, young artists or kids with musical dreams will read this and learn about how to better protect themselves in a negotiation. You deserve to own the art you make.”

Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta has disputed Swift's claims, suggesting "had every chance in the world to own not just her master recordings, but every video, photograph, everything associated to her career" but chose instead to leave his label. 

Swift, meanwhile, releases her new album Lover tomorrow (August 23), her first with new label Universal.

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