Apparently you’d be wrong in thinking that Taylor Swift was as ‘current’ as she actually is as in a surprising turn of events she’s gone and removed all of her music from Spotify and other streaming services making the only way you can stream her music is by purchasing it first. Though it comes as no surprise considering her latest album 1989 is well on its way to become the first platinum album in 2014.
Taylor Swift is big right now and is currently in a position to likely do whatever the hell she wants with nothing more than an “aw bless,” unfortunately Swifty’s who like to listen to Swift’s songs on Spotify or other streaming services, the country-singer / pop-star has decided to remove everything, likely to drive sales of her new album as well as her back-catalog.
“We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone,” Spotify writes in a blog post this morning. “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.”
You might think that this is a huge mistake as now the only way to get fairly affordable access to Swift’s music is to either purchase her entire back catalog or to download her music via other means. With that being said, you might think that Swift has made a big mistake, but it seems she might be able to actually pull it off..
According to Billboard, as of November 1, Swift’s latest album 1989 was on track to have the biggest first-week album sales since 2002 and set a new record for first-week sales by a female artist, a record previously held by Britney Spears’ Oops!… I Did It Again all the way back in 2000.
Though with streaming of music now being taken into account in the Official UK Top 40, this could have an effect on how well Swift does here in the UK.
Spotify have of course taken this in good taste and are having a bit of fun with Swift’s decision to leave by creating a “What To Play While Taylor’s Away” playlist filled with other nonchalant pop to tide you over until you can get enough money for Swift’s entire back catalog.