Taylor emotionalizes everything, so I’m not going to accept her framing of the deal just on the strength. Scott said his final offer to Taylor was that at the moment she re-signed, all her rights would be transferred to her. Not that she’s have to earn them back one by one. That means, hypothetically, if she got dropped, she would still own her back catalog. Taylor wanted to just buy back her masters for a sum of money and make it a clean break, but that gets more complicated (for the label she’s leaving). Like I said, Scott has shareholders to answer to. Even if he sold them to her, the label has that money liquid, perhaps, but that’s still diminishing the overall worth of the label. Taylor doesn’t have to care about that, but she should factor it in before calling someone a bully.
Also, and I’ve heard this a lot about Taylor and it seems true, but Taylor just doesn’t want to be alone in her beefs. I can’t vouch for Scooter, but just because Taylor doesn’t like him doesn’t mean Scott is disloyal for not hating him too. Artists don’t just do whatever their managers say (which I’ll get to with Ariana in a second). They have other people in their ears telling them to do stuff or not to do stuff. They may back them or stay silent through things in the aftermath, but behind the scenes people get into it with their managers all the time. So before I call Scooter da debbil, I want to know what he did specifically. Not what he’s blamed for by proxy. My guess is Scooter and Taylor are probably a lot alike.
Ariana isn’t being forced to tour by Scooter. She put out two big-budget albums in under a year, that were both heavily promoted. She owes people, which means she has to work. I understand Mac Miller’s death affecting her, but I think she played the Pete Davidson thing wrong. She got engaged too quickly, IMO, and using that relationship to roll out her album wasn’t the best idea because it was still new. Then she dropped him like a sack of potatoes. Plus, I hear Ariana might have her own substance issues simmering. Not sure, but people love substituting “mental health” for “addiction” when it comes to celebrities.
He posted a copy of a document showing that they were offering her the opportunity to own her masters for resigning. Her text message showed she understood she was giving up her back catalog to bet on her future, and that she had a sober understanding that Scott did what he had to do. Why send him a fawning text if you really felt you were being screwed over? Perhaps she didn’t have anyone to fully explain the whys and how comes behind his decision, or maybe she didn’t care.
My guess is Taylor can’t afford to buy her masters outright, which isn’t the same thing as simply not having the money. You never know what a project is going to do. You never know how well a tour is going to do. So if she gave up a chunk of her fortune just to own her masters, she wouldn’t be broke any time soon, but that puts a lot of stress on her to deliver on future projects. The reason I believe Borchetta is because it makes sense for her to do what she did. This way she keeps the wealth she’s attained, she gets a massive contract still kinda at the peak of her career, and any time someone wants to license her back catalog, she still gets a cut, even if it’s not the whole thing. I can imagine her being okay with that arrangement until she found out Scooter bought the label, then it became this grand betrayal.