While she may be spending some time over in the pop world, the majority of Taylor Swift’s beloved catalog consists of country music; music that can no longer be found on widely used music application and web player, Spotify, much to the dismay of Spotify and music fans around the world.
With a new album, 1989, that is unsurprisingly expected to debut at Number 1 tomorrow when the Billboard charts are revealed (and is anticipated to show sales that exceed the one million mark), the world, especially those at Spotify, were shocked to find that Swift pulled her music from the website and its corresponding app. According to a “source” at Big Machine, the record label decided last week to pull the plug on the musical stylings of Swift as they pertain to Spotify in order to maximize the potential sale of Big Machine by current owner Scott Borchetta. However, the alleged source, unrevealed by Rolling Stone, disagreed with that logic, explaining that Spotify wouldn’t impede the sales because “every 15-year-old knows where to get that record.”
Though Spotify contends that they return seventy percent of their profits (generated from user monthly fees of five dollars for service and ten dollars for ad-free service), the company is now realizing that, perhaps, that percentage is not enough to keep record labels in support of its venture. Even so, it is not eliminating Spotify’s attempt at bringing Swift back to its website. Spotify issued the following statement:
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.
And Spotify also snarkily responded by creating a “What to Play While Taylor’s Away” playlist. Well played, Spotify. Well played. Check out that playlist by clicking here.
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