Taylor Swift Explains Why She Broke Up with Spotify
Taylor Swift made tons of headlines earlier this week over her decision to pull all her albums off of the streaming service Spotify and now she is speaking out to explain her choice.
“If I had streamed the new album, it’s impossible to try to speculate what would have happened,” the 24-year-old singer told Yahoo, referring to her record album sales week.
“But all I can say is that 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,” Taylor added. “And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
“I wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal this summer that basically portrayed my views on this. 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,” she continued.
“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,” Taylor concluded.
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