How Kelly Clarkson Got on Scooter Braun’s Bad Side by Supporting Taylor Swift

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Kelly Clarkson is known for being a vocal supporter of her fellow artists, but sometimes her good intentions can backfire. That’s what happened when she publicly advised Taylor Swift to re-record her old albums after Scooter Braun acquired the rights to them in 2019.

In a recent interview with Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show, Kelly revealed that Scooter was not happy with her suggestion and even contacted her manager about it.

“I think Scooter took offense to it… we ran into each other, and he reached out at the time to my manager. I was like, ‘It wasn’t anything against him,’” she explained. “When she came out and said that and I heard about it, I was like, ‘Whatever. Re-record them. Your fans will support you.’ Uh, they did.”

Kelly was referring to the infamous feud between Taylor and Scooter that erupted in June 2019, when Taylor learned that Scooter had bought her former label, Big Machine Records, for $300 million. This meant that Scooter would own the master recordings of Taylor’s first six albums, from her self-titled debut to Reputation.

Taylor was outraged by the deal and accused Scooter of being a “manipulative bully” who had tormented her for years. She also claimed that she was never given a fair chance to buy back her own music.

In response, Kelly tweeted a message of solidarity to Taylor and suggested that she should re-record her old songs and release them under her new label, Republic Records.

“Just a thought, U should go in & re-record all the songs that U don’t own the masters on exactly how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions,” Kelly wrote. “I’d buy all of the new versions just to prove a point.”

Kelly’s tweet went viral and many fans praised her for standing up for Taylor. However, not everyone was impressed by Kelly’s idea, especially Scooter.

According to Kelly, Scooter felt like she was attacking him personally and reached out to her manager to express his displeasure.

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However, Kelly insisted that she had no ill will towards Scooter and that she was just trying to help Taylor.

“I just, when she came out and said that [about her albums] and I heard about it, I was like, ‘Whatever. Like, re-record them. Your fans will support you,’” Kelly reiterated. “They did!”

Kelly also said that she understood why Taylor wanted to own her music, since she writes everything herself and is a savvy businesswoman.

“It felt wrong that she didn’t have the opportunity [to buy her music]. Right? That’s the thing,” Kelly said. “It’s like, if you have the opportunity and you choose to not pay that much money, that’s one thing, but to not have the opportunity to own something that is really important to you … I knew it was important to her.”

Kelly added that she was not as concerned about owning her own music as Taylor was and that she was “not a businesswoman at all.”

Kelly also praised Taylor for being a “genius” for re-recording her old albums and planning an Eras Tour where she would perform songs from different phases of her career.

“Not only did she re-record it, she planned it, like, with this Eras Tour where she gets to [perform everything]. Like, this woman is brilliant,” Kelly gushed.

As for whether Taylor thanked Kelly for her advice, Kelly said that she did not expect any gratitude from her.

“I don’t need thanks,” Kelly said. “I’m just happy for her.”

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