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AMA producer says Big Machine must strike deal with Taylor Swift over her performance

Key Points
  • Big Machine Label Group said it has reached an agreement with Dick Clark Productions, producer of the American Music Awards, that will allow artists' performances to stream after shows and for re-broadcast.
  • The statement follows an ongoing public battle between Swift and music industry executives Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun of Big Machine, which most recently involved Swift saying the label would not allow her to perform her older music at the AMAs. 
Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The back and forth over whether Taylor Swift can perform her hits at the Amercian Music Awards rages on. 

Big Machine Label Group said Monday it has reached an agreement with Dick Clark Productions that will allow artists' performances to stream after shows and for re-broadcast. However, Dick Clark Productions, which produces the award show, denies that it agreed to the distribution of the statement from Big Machine.

Dick Clark insists that Big Machine must strike a deal directly with Swift's management. Representatives for the singer declined to comment. 

This comes after an ongoing public battle between Swift and music industry executives Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun and the record label, which most recently involved Swift saying the label would not allow her to perform her older music at the AMAs.

In a statement to CNBC, Big Machine Label Group said:

"The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists' performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms. This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances. It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media. Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists' audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed."

But Dick Clark Productions told CNBC in a statement: 

"At no time did dick clark productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift's performance at the 2019 American Music Awards. Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift's management team. We have no further comment."

Last week, Swift said via social media that Borchetta and Braun were "exercising tyrannical control" and blocking her from performing her old music in the AMAs and for an upcoming Netflix documentary.

"Guys — It's been announced recently that the American Music Awards will be honoring me with the Artist of the Decade Award at this year's ceremony. I've been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I'm not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I'm allowed to next year."

Big Machine Label Group said in a statement that at "no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special."

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Key Points
  • Taylor Swift wrote a Tumblr post in which she detailed her frustration over the terms of the sale of her back catalog to music managers Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta and private equity firm Carlyle Group.
  • Carlyle Group helped finance the deal, announced in June.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has railed against private equity firms before, pointing to the bankruptcies of retailers that occurred under their watch.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren also sided with Swift on Saturday, accusing private equity of "gobbling up more and more of our economy."