bad blood
November 15, 2019

Taylor Swift is very much included in this narrative.

Swift and Big Machine Records, which produced her first six albums, unamicably parted ways a year ago in what was the beginning of a high-profile fight over who controls Swift's songs. That reached a new height Thursday night when Swift posted an open letter accusing the label of stopping her from performing her songs live — and Big Machine is denying it all.

In her statement, Swift discussed how she'd be getting an American Music Award deeming her the "artist of the decade," and wanted to perform a medley of her songs at the awards show. She also said, and "this isn't the way I had planned on telling you this news," that a Netflix documentary about her was in the works as well. But all of those things are "a big question mark" because Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun — Big Machine's founder and the man whose holding company bought Big Machine earlier this year, respectively — "have now said that I'm not allowed to perform my old songs on television" because she'd be re-recording her music before she's allowed to in November 2020, Swift said.

On Friday, Big Machine fired back. "We were shocked to see her Tumblr statements yesterday based on false information," and "at no point" did Big Machine attempt to block her performances or documentary, it said in a statement. It decried her for risking "the safety of our employees and their families," stemming from how she directed fans to question Borchetta and Braun and their other clients. And with what was likely a deliberate choice of words, Big Machine directly addressed Swift to say "the narrative you have created does not exist." Kathryn Krawczyk

October 8, 2018

In news that Taylor Swift 100 percent does not care about, President Trump announced on Monday that he likes her music "about 25 percent less" after she endorsed two Tennessee Democratic candidates.

On Sunday night, Swift, a resident of Nashville, posted on Instagram that she was voting for Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate and Rep. Jim Cooper for the U.S. House. Bredesen is a former governor, and his opponent is Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and says businesses have the right to refuse service to gay couples, and Swift said her record "appalls and terrifies me."

When asked about Swift's endorsements, Trump told reporters that Blackburn is "doing a very good job," and "I'm sure Taylor Swift has nothing, or doesn't know anything about her." While he's not quite ready to chuck his 1989 CD into the trash, Trump did add, "Let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, okay?" Catherine Garcia

July 12, 2017

The private lawyers representing President Trump are not pleased with his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who they say is "whispering in the president's ear" about the Russia investigation, completely leaving the attorneys out of the loop, several people close to the legal team told The New York Times Tuesday.

Kushner was at a June 2016 meeting with his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., along with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and a Kremlin-connected Russian attorney who said she had compromising information on Hillary Clinton, but he did not disclose on his security clearance forms that he attended this meeting, only copping to it recently. The legal team thinks he's now more worried about saving his own skin than protecting Trump and they don't know how much longer they can work around him, the Times reports, suggesting lead attorney Marc Kasowitz may resign.

Kasowitz represented Trump during his days as a businessman, and people close to the president told the Times Trump does not like the strategy Kasowitz has come up with to handle the probe into Russian meddling during last year's election. Read more about the legal team, as well as how Trump signed off on Trump Jr.'s vague initial statement to the Times when his meeting with the Russian attorney first came to light on Saturday, at The New York Times. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2015

Taylor Swift has apologized for a Twitter feud she inadvertently started Tuesday with hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj, whose tweets criticizing the music industry Swift took as a personal affront.

Minaj swiftly responded, thanking Swift for her sincere apology.

The apology comes after a brief but highly publicized social media firestorm largely ignited by Swift and fueled by both music fans and the media. After not receiving MTV Music Video Award nominations for her videos "Anaconda" and "Feelin' Myself," Minaj took the music industry to task for judging black female artists differently from their white female counterparts. Swift, proving, as one writer put it, that she is "the most paranoid public figure since Nixon," thought the tweets were directed at her and fired back, defending herself and her VMA nomination.

While Swift has mostly kept quiet since her original tweets accusing Minaj of "pitting women against each other," neither Minaj nor the internet remained silent on the matter. While many gossip sites were quick to play up the drama, many of the ensuing tweets and blog posts actually started an interesting conversation on race, gender, and the music industry, as Minaj herself noted on her Instagram on Wednesday evening.

Even Piers Morgan weighed in with his largely unwanted opinion, extending his sympathies to Swift — reason enough for anyone to reassess their pro-Swift stance. And now that Swift has extended the olive branch, we can all look towards a brighter future where the two megastars can put the bad blood behind them and record the collaboration album that will finally allow the nation to heal. Marshall Bright

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