Taylor Swift is angry.

She took to social media over the weekend to decry the sale of her former record label and all of her previous recordings — six albums and all the songs contained therein.

“This is my worst case scenario,” she wrote. “This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept.”

Fiery stuff.

But all’s not quite as it seems.

Here’s the deal: Big Machine was Swift’s label from her first releases through 2017’s “Reputation.” Swift left the label for a division of major label Universal, and Big Machine was sold to Scooter Braun, a talent manager and entertainment executive perhaps best known as the guy who discovered and continues to manage Justin Bieber.

In a post on Tumblr, Swift said she was “sad and grossed out” and described “incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at (Braun’s) hands for years.”

She complained that Braun now owns the master recordings of her life’s work, and she said she wasn’t allowed to buy them back before they and the rest of the Big Machine label were sold to Braun.

(Why doesn’t she like Braun? It all has to do with some really dumb celebrity social media drama going back to Kanye West interrupting her at the MTV Video Music Awards a few years back. If that all sounds stupid, well, it kinda is.)

Bieber clapped back, apologizing to Swift but defending his manager. Big Machine owner Scott Borchetta refuted some of her claims with screen caps of text messages as evidence. A variety of other stars waded into the murky waters to stand up for Swift or for Braun.

Braun has remained silent, so far.

In all of it, Swift paints herself as a victim. She says she learned of the deal as it was announced to the world, which isn’t accurate. She’s upset she wasn’t given the opportunity to get the rights to her recordings, which also isn’t accurate.

Woe is Taylor Swift.

All’s not as it seems, at least not the way she portrays things.

For starters, most artists do not own the master recordings of their own work.

I get that this is confusing. Sometimes musicians don’t even seem to understand it. The general public usually doesn’t for many reasons, not the least of which is because music rights exist in two forms: the masters rights (the recording of a song) and publishing rights (the songwriting).

Ideally, all artists would have control of their output, but we live in reality. The typical arrangement is this: Labels provide money to artists to create their music. They then market and release those songs. In exchange, the label receives the rights to the master recordings, and artists are paid a royalty for having recorded them.

Put simply: They recorded the songs, and their name is on the album, but they probably don’t actually own the music they made.

Sometimes, the masters revert back to the performer after a certain amount of time. Or a label allows an artist to buy or earn them back somehow.

So Swift’s not really a victim any more than most musicians who work for a record label. Her arrangement is very, very typical.

She was given the opportunity to get her masters back, but I imagine the deal was not as favorable as she would have liked, so she turned it down.

Swift could have taken a stand for artists rights and brought a whole lot of media attention to the way labels are run.

Instead, she evoked celebrity feuds and Instagram and gave an inaccurate retelling of events. She blurred all these things together in a way that makes entertainment magazines and gossip sites froth at the mouth, but not in a way that makes much sense to anyone who understands the music business.

(It mirrors the time Taylor Swift removed her music from streaming services and claimed it was ostensibly to stand up for other artists. It didn’t do much for other artists, but it did drive up physical sales of her own album.)

And as friendly as Swift’s image usually is, it’s surprising she’d take on the person who controls her life’s work. It’s absolutely in their best interests to work together.

They will only succeed by cooperating, especially as the years go on and it comes time for rereleases, box sets and so on. And for his part, Braun won’t benefit by bashing what is now one of his biggest assets: Taylor Swift and her music.

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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