Imagine your favourite artist pulled all of their music from Rdio (and imagine you use Rdio to listen to music if you don’t). It would be pretty upsetting, wouldn’t it? Well for legions of Taylor Swift fans, that’s exactly what has happened, on Spotify.
On the heels of the release of her new record 1989, Swift pulled her entire music catalogue from the music streaming site Spotify, and refused to stream 1989 on other online streaming services. A decision made to apparently get a “pop on their sales”. Well it worked. According to Billboard, the record is on pace to sell more than 1.3 million copies in the first week, breaking the record for the largest album weekly sales by a female artist.
Spotify issued a statement on the matter on Monday:
“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.”
How do you feel about music streaming sites? Are they fair to artists? Was Taylor Swift’s decision to not stream her new album a good one? Let us know what you think in the comments.