Taylor Swift Yanks Music Off Spotify & Fans Will Have to Pay, Pay, Pay

Taylor SwiftAhh, Tay Tay, how could you? Attention Taylor Swift fans -- you will no longer be able to listen to the pop star's music on Spotify. The "Shake It Off" singer made the decision to yank all of her music off the popular music streaming site, forcing fans who want to shake to her sick beats to purchase them.

Now, in all fairness to Tay, I totally get why she wouldn't want her newly released album, 1989, on Spotify. It's a struggle for musicians to make money these days, when listeners can get the goods for free via the Internet. Album sales? What album sales?? We stream those tunes online.

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In fact, Taylor had a similar situation back in 2012 when Red was released. She didn't want any of her new songs on Spotify, because obviously, she's a business woman, and wanted to see the sales on her mega successful album roll in. Nothing wrong with a little capitalism!

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But this time it's different. Swift didn't just pull 1989 from Spotify -- she pulled all the music she's ever created ever. Is there bad blood between the singer and the music streaming site? Are they never, ever, ever getting back together?

(See what I did there? Sorry, couldn't help myself.)

Anyway, speculation is wide on why Taylor and/or her record label, Big Machine, decided to pull all of her songs from Spotify. Some people think she just wants to get richer, and others think she's making a statement. But most people seem to agree that it doesn't make any sense, given Tay's engagement with social media. She seems to love having an online persona, and hi, aren't music streaming sites like Spotify part of that?

Well, regardless of the reason, Spotify wants her back. They released this statement, and we can't help but want her to find some sort of compromise too.

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.

Do you think Taylor Swift should let her older music stream on Spotify?

 

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