“When this decade began, I was 20 years old, and I had put out my self-titled debut album when I was 16, and then the album that would become my breakthrough album, which was called ‘Fearless,'” Swift said.
“And I saw that there was a world of music and experience beyond country music that I was really curious about,” she said. “I saw pop stations send my songs, ‘Love Story’ and ‘You Belong With Me,’ to No. 1 for the first time. And I saw that as a female in this industry, some people will always have slight reservations about you.”
The superstar went on to guidelines a myriad of strategies women artists are dealt with unfairly in music commerce.
“I saw that people love to explain away a woman’s success in the music industry, and I saw something in me change due to this realization,” Swift said. “This was the decade when I became a mirror for my detractors. Whatever they decided I couldn’t do is exactly what I did.”
Swift said she used her music to answer to her critics and praised Lana Del Rey for struggling criticism and persevering with to make artwork.
“And that example should inspire all of us, that the only way forward is forward motion,” Swift said of Del Rey, “that we shouldn’t let obstacles like criticism slow down the creative forces that drive us.”
Swift moreover name-checked commerce newcomers she admires, along with Lizzo, Rosalia, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Megan Thee Stallion, Princess Nokia, H.E.R. and Billie Eilish.
She talked about how she’s fought for revenue equity for creatives almost about streaming music, then delved into her newest battle with supervisor and mogul Scooter Braun.
Music rights dispute enters the spotlight
Braun acquired the grasp recordings of Swift’s first six albums in June from her former label, Big Machine Records. Since then, she’s been in a battle of phrases with him and Scott Borchetta, the head of Big Machine Records.
“Lately, there’s been a new shift that has affected me personally and that I feel is a potentially harmful force in our industry, and as your resident loud person, I feel the need to bring it up,” Swift said at the Billboard event. “And that is the unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying up our music as if it is real estate as if it’s an app or a shoe line. This just happened to me without my approval, consultation or consent.”
Swift said she was denied the correct to buy her private music. The consumers in Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, which now owns her music, have not contacted her “to perform their due diligence on their investment — on their investment in me — to ask how I might feel about the new owner of my art, the music I wrote, the videos I created … photos of me, my handwriting, my album designs.”
“And of course, Scooter never contacted me or my team to discuss it prior to the sale or even when it was announced,” Swift added.
“I think that these problems that are being discussed can be discussed behind closed doors and figured out pretty easily. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for six months,” he said. “I just think it’s gotten out of hand.”
“I think people need to come together and have a conversation because that’s not what this is about,” he added. “It’s not what we got in this industry for.”
CNN has reached out to Braun for contact upon Swift’s latest remarks.
“And let me just say that the definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying, ‘But he’s always been nice to me,’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists and their rights to own their music,” Swift said. “And, of course, he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, you have something he needs.”,