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PopWrapped | Music

Taylor Swift Breaks Up With Spotify

Charmaine Xiao Min | PopWrapped Author

Charmaine Xiao Min

Updated 11/3/2014 1:49pm
Taylor Swift Breaks Up With Spotify | Taylor Swift
Media Courtesy of Billboard
Don’t be surprised when you turn on Spotify to find that Taylor Swift’s music has suddenly vanished: the pop singer has removed all of her albums from the popular streaming site. Swift has made no secret of the way she feels about keeping control of her music and the ways fans access it. She has deemed sites such as Spotify responsible for “shrinking album sales” and even wrote an article on the issue for the Wall Street Journal. In it, she stated, “It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” Her 2012 album Red was one of the year's most successful albums, selling over four million copies in the US alone. Swift has been making the promotional rounds for her new album, 1989, which was released last month. Her decision to remove her music from Spotify may come as sad news for fans who prefer listening to music via streaming.
1989 Album Cover Courtesy of A Bullseye View
Spotify released a statement of their own regarding Taylor’s decision, even riffing on some of her lyrics: "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. 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." Was this a good decision on Swift’s part or is she missing out on the way this generation listens to music?

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