Taylor Swift Rejects Spotify and Demands All Her Albums Be Removed, Read Their Odd Statement in Reply
Taylor Swift is enjoying the huge success of her new album 1989 that released last week (Oct 27) and now she is taking another step to make sure her fans by her music.
Taylor has made the decision to remove all of her music, from every album, from Spotify. The popular program allows users to stream music from their favorite bands but there has always been a cry from artists that they do not pay out enough. The artist gets under one cent per play from Spotify and artists such as Swift are not going to stand for it.
Swift just recently wrote about her concerns with streaming services such as Spotify as one of the reasons album sales have been so low in recent years in her op-ed piece she wrote for the Wall Street Journal:
"In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently."
In response, Spotify released a somewhat weird statement on its website to notify fans and basically beg for Taylor to change her mind.
"We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more - nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she's on over 19 million playlists," the statement read. "We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That's why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community."
"PS - Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there's more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It's a love story, baby, just say, Yes," the company added.
Who's side are you on, Taylor or Spotify?
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