To all the Swifties in the world (yours truly included), your Tay Tay is back in the streaming game! The chart-topping pop star is making her albums available on all music streaming services. It’s a roundabout turn from her move to pull her back catalogue from Spotify three years ago.
The move comes in celebration of her latest album 1989, selling in excess of 10 million copies worldwide.
Her back albums–Red and runaway hit Fearless were pulled from Spotify in 2014, much to the shock and dismay of fans (secret Swifties included).
Her justification then was that she felt Spotify was a grand experiment and that she “[sic] not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music.”
Shaking off “free”
With Apple Music later, she did voice concerns over Apple Music’s free three-month trial. In the original terms, Apple would withhold royalties for artists whose songs were played by non-Premium paying customers.
In an open letter to Apple, she said she was disappointed and shocked that a “progressive and generous” company like Apple was not properly compensating artists for their work. She said, “…it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”
Her move did persuade Apple to reverse on its policy, a testament of how big a star she is.
So, it looks like she’s made peace with Spotify (and other streaming services) and this is indeed fantastic news for fans the world over.
Are you a Tay Tay fan? How are you reacting this?