Scott Borchetta Talks 'Idol,' Swift and Spotify to 'Hollywood Reporter'
February 5, 2015 at 12:48 PM (PT)
“We have one record left with TAYLOR SWIFT, and that's all I can say.” That’s BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP (BMLG) Pres./CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA, when asked by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER for a status update on negotiations between BMLG and the pop superstar for a new deal.
As for pulling SWIFT's music off SPOTIFY, BORCHETTA said if he had things his way, all of his artists would do so. He called SWIFT’s music, “Arguably the most important current catalog there is,” adding that she was all-in with the idea. “We want to make sure that the songwriters [and] publishers have a voice in this,” said BORCHETTA. “That everybody has some acknowledgement of who is being affected by this system, and she was the loudest megaphone.”
BORCHETTA wouldn’t comment on where things stand on talks with UMG for a new distribution deal, citing a nondisclosure agreement, but did offer, “There are days where I feel like we're an island and that we're not aligned with a lot of the thought processes of some of the major labels, so I'm trying to make sure that the next move that we make is one I'm going to feel good about tomorrow.”
As he embarks on his role as mentor for “American Idol,” BORCHETTA said greater awareness of BMLG was a factor in deciding to do so. “Anything that I can do to help raise the profile of the label to give our artists more opportunities I'm always going to strongly consider.” He also believes TV reality shows can still help break artists, saying, “It's development. Winning 'American Idol' really anoints you the opportunity to have a great career; it does not anoint you a career.”
His one regret as BIG MACHINE celebrates 10 years in 2015? “Until this year, it was passing on ZAC BROWN,” said BORCHETTA. “It wasn't that I didn't believe in it. We were so small I couldn't get to it. It's really neat that that came back around to us.”
BORCHETTA was referring to a strategic partnership formed between BROWN's SOUTHERN GROUND ARTISTS and BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP (BMLG), REPUBLIC RECORDS, and JOHN VARVATOS RECORDS in which BMLG will handle marketing, publicity, and consulting (NET NEWS 9/22).
Read more of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER piece here.