Fancy listening to Taylor Swift using your Spotify account? Sorry, you can’t. And no, this isn’t some kind of sick joke.
It’s all very, VERY real.
That’s right, all of Taylor’s back catalogue has mysteriously disappeared from the streaming service in its entirety.
The move comes after the 24-year-old’s latest album 1989 was withheld from the service during its first week of release.
The move, made by Taylor’s label ‘Big Machine Records,’ is known as ‘windowing,’ withholding the streaming release for a limited period in a bid to boost album sales.
At the time, Spotify informed its the users who were searching for the album: “The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album on Spotify. We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon.”
However, now it would seem that Taylor’s people don’t want us streaming any of her music.
Spotify’s head of public policy, Jonathan Prince, tweeted a plea to the Blank space singer, referencing the lyrics to hit Shake It Off in order to entice her back.
Brilliant work, sir. But unfortunately to no avail.
A statement from Spotify has now been released, reading: “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.”
Taylor previously spoke out about her record label’s questionable strategy to ramp up sales after album track ‘Out Of The Woods’ was released as promotional track in the US, but not the UK.
She wrote on Tumblr: “To all my wonderful UK fans, I realise that you are not yet able to get ‘Out Of The Woods’ due to a new strategy my record label is working on in the UK.
“My good friend Ed Sheeran utilised the same strategy with ‘One’ in the UK and he seemed very happy with the feedback from his fans. But, ultimately, it’s down to you. Let me know.”
Sounds like more trouble (trouble, trouble), than it’s worth Taylor.
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