In case you missed it because you were watching back-to-back episodes of Friends, last month Taylor Swift PULLED all of her music from Spotify to avoid a service that she thinks unfairly compensate the music’s creators.
Words to that effect, anyway. Now, TayTay has spoken out about her shock at just how much reaction her decision got.
Well, DUH. You’re hot property, Tay – people miss you when you’re gone!
Her decision to not stream latest incredible album ’1989′ on Spotify added fuel to the fire burning around the ‘fair royalties’ debate, and caused a bit of an uproar as people debated whether or not she’d actually made a logical/correct/generally GOOD judgment.
All before she then pulled her entire music catalogue from the system and made us cry a teeny tiny bit (STILL LOVE YOU TAY).
Whether or not it was a good decision is almost impossible to really judge, as it’s all down to how comfortable the artist feels with their music being available on the service, but now Tay has spoken out and admitted that she’s shocked that her choice was talked about at all.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter for their Rule Breakers 2014 issues, she explained: “I didn’t think that it would be shocking to anyone.
“With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn’t occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about.
“But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying thank you.”
What did we say – you’re LOVED, Taylor!
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo at the time, Swifty revealed exactly why she did what she did.
She explained: “Music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment.
“And I’m 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. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.
“I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it’s important to be a part of progress. But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word “music” out of the music industry.
“Also, a lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with “Shake It Off,” and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, “I will try this; I’ll see how it feels.” It didn’t feel right to me.
“I felt like I was saying to my fans, “If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it.”
“I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”
Hashtag straight talk.
We support Taylor on wherever the heck she wants to put her music to be honest – we’ll just keep our fingers crossed that she decides to try Spotify again another day!
If not, her album will just have to go on our Christmas list EVERY YEAR. Shame.
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