Taylor Swift seeks Carlyle's help in dispute over past hits

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Taylor Swift accused her former record label of blocking her from performing her old songs at an awards show or using them in an upcoming documentary, escalating a dispute between the pop star and powerful celebrity manager Scooter Braun.

The singer-songwriter tweeted an impassioned plea asking U.S. asset management firm Carlyle Group and fans to help her in efforts to secure ownership of six albums she previously recorded under Big Machine Label Group LLC.

In the tweet, the singer called out Braun and Big Machine record label founder Scott Borchetta for “exercising tyrannical control” by declining to let her use her older music or performance footage in an upcoming American Music Awards show and Netflix documentary. The label denied the allegations in a statement Friday.

“I feel very strongly that sharing what is happening to me could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate,” Swift said in the tweet.

In its statement, Big Machine said it never told Swift she couldn’t perform her songs and doesn’t have the right to do so. “The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company,” the label said, adding that it wants to talk with Swift to seek a resolution to their dispute.

Braun bought Big Machine earlier this year, a deal Swift has publicly opposed. She has threatened to rerecord her songs unless Braun and Big Machine sell her music back to her, and claimed that Big Machine would only let her use her music if she promised not to do so.

Borchetta previously said in a blog post that he’d offered Swift control of her music in exchange for a 10-year record deal, but she walked away to join Universal Music Grou

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