Big Machine’s homepage on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
The move follows an that included Taylor Swift’s valuable early masters.
Perhaps timing isn’t Big Machine’s strong suit. Or, maybe the just-sold label group doesn’t really care. Either way, recently-acquired Big Machine Label Group is now hawking colored 7″ vinyl releases some Taylor Swifts earliest (and most valuable) hits.
For $10 a pop, Big Machine is now selling vinyl copies Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ and ‘Teardrops on My Guitar,’ both from Swift’s classic, self-titled debut album from 2006. And those are just the first two singles being re-released.
The singles are part a broader 13th anniversary celebration that release, which arrives in October.
Accordingly, Big Machine is staggering the release singles from the album to heighten anticipation. Of the two, ‘Tim McGraw’ is a traditional black vinyl, while ‘Teardrops’ starts the colored rotation.
Taylor Swift fans are being alerted to the 7″ limited-edition vinyls email (guess Big Machine kept the email list, too). Earlier today (July 10th), Big Machine alerted fans to the availability the ‘Teardrops’ vinyl. It looks like the alert for ‘Tim McGraw’ was sent weeks ago, quietly kicking f the series (and right before the sale Big Machine was announced).
“Act fast!” the latest email urges. “We just released a Limited Edition 7” Vinyl ‘Teardrops On My Guitar’ with Acoustic B-Side Recording!”
The acoustic recording was recorded in 2007, just one year after Swift released her debut.
Interestingly, Big Machine also announced the vinyl releases on Instagram — with comments turned f.
Of course, there’s nothing especially interesting about a 13th anniversary, especially one that arrives in October.
So perhaps this July-timed release is happening at exactly the right time — at least for Big Machine to rub this one in.
Just last month, Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) was sold to Scooter Braun-owned Ithaca Holdings in a deal valued north $300 million. The acquisition was blasted by Taylor Swift, who lambasted Scooter Braun as scum and blasted Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta as a sellout (to put it mildly).
Swift said she didn’t have an opportunity to repurchase her own masters, something Borchetta flatly denied.
“This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept,” Swift slammed on Tumblr, referencing Borchetta. “And when that man says ‘Music has value’, he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.”
Taylor Swift’s attorney, Donald Passman, later stated that Swift never had a chance to gain ownership control over her masters. Apparently only Scooter Braun was afforded that luxury, which may explain Swift’s consternation.
Drama aside, Swift fans are quickly scooping up the limited-edition gems.
‘Tim McGraw’ is now sold out. ‘Teardrops on My Guitar’ remains on pre-order, and is likely to be sold out within days (if not hours). Other singles are now in the pipeline.
And the drama continues…