Taylor Swift posted to her Instagram Story to address the release of an album of music by Big Machine Records – the label she’s been publically feuding with since the summer of 2019 – which was apparently brought to her attention by fans.
Swift is upset the label released an album featuring her live performances titled Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008. The eight-track live set features “Fearless,” “Love Story,” “Untouchable” and more and is available for streaming on Apple Music.
“I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an ‘album’ of live performances of mine tonight,” her message began. “This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18.”
“I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me,” the singer wrote. “It looks to me like label owner Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 million for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money.”
Swift’s comment was in reference to Braun’s purchase of the label that included the masters to Swift’s catalog, costing $300 million, according to Billboard.
Swift continued: “In my opinion… just another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.”
Meanwhile, Taylor posted a photo of one of her cats plopped down on a chair with her back legs splayed out in front of her, just like a human. She captioned it, “Captain Olivia Benson off duty like…”
The official Twitter account for Law & Order: SVU replied, “As you were, Captain.” with a thumbs-up emoji.
Two of Taylor’s cats, Olivia and Meredith, are named after two of her favorite TV characters: Capt. Olivia Benson of Law & Order: SVU and Dr. Meredith Grey of Grey’s Anatomy.