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Taylor Swift & Spotify's Back & Forth Continues, CEO Responds to Her Concerns

Taylor Swift & Spotify's Back & Forth Continues, CEO Responds to Her Concerns

Taylor Swift waves to her fans as she arrives at Good Morning America on Tuesday morning (November 11) in New York City.

The 24-year-old entertainer promoted a new app that is available that will insert you into her “Blank Space” music video!

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently responded to Taylor after she pulled her music off of his streaming site.

Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it,” Ek said. “So all the talk swirling around lately about how Spotify is making money on the backs of artists upsets me big time. [Royalties] are on track to exceed $6 million a year.”

“We’re paying an enormous amount of money to labels and publishers for distribution to artists and songwriters, and significantly more than any other streaming service,” he added. “If that money is not flowing to the creative community in a timely and transparent way, that’s a big problem. Here’s the overwhelming, undeniable, inescapable bottom line: the vast majority of music listening is unpaid. If we want to drive people to pay for music, we have to compete with free to get their attention in the first place.”

“Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars to labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists. A billion dollars from the time we started Spotify in 2008 to last year and another billion dollars since then. And that’s two billion dollars’ worth of listening that would have happened with zero or little compensation to artists and songwriters through piracy or practically equivalent services if there was no Spotify – we’re working day and night to recover money for artists and the music business that piracy was stealing away,” he added.

FYI: Taylor is wearing a Calvin Klein Collection top and skirt, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Jennifer Meyer earrings, and Melinda Maria, Jennifer Meyer, and Hysteric Co. rings.

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  • H8tersg0nnah8

    heck yeah… unfortunately Taylor is way too old fashioned to understand that… Them pirates will get her. It’s way too easy to download pirated music nowadays.

  • Dee

    He is right, people on youtube listen to her songs for free all day long. I don’t see her pulling her videos for that reason…she has gotten too greedy.

  • Legendary Trolly

    Bro Taylor is a smart person obviously she knows everything you have to say Mr Ceo, but she has made up her mind. Your looking desperate. I wouldnt want any Percentage Money either! I dont care about yt streams because that isnt the same unless people put up minute marks.

  • Sim

    Who the —- is Spotify.. that they think they can dictate to artists what they can & can’t with their life’s work.. They had nothing to do with the music they just want the end product to benefit them

    And the worst of it , they pay artists nothing for their music .0006 song AND they are still losing money, the company is in the red.

    People think Swift , OH she’s greedy… She selling albums like it is still 1999, and she’s the #1 downloaded artist in the world with 75 million songs, and that was before 1989 .

    I think she courageous to make a stand for the artists who aren’t the 1% in the industry who aren’t a brand and make money through more then just their music.

    Unlike Timberlake or Beyonce who just worry about themselves .

  • Sim

    He’s not right , every time someone watches a video on YouTube the artists gets royalties, just like their do when it’s played on the radio, looks free ( to you) audience but someone pays for it.

    And what the Spotify CEO was referring was illegal music , not artists own videos that YouTube plays.

  • Sim

    Pirated music been around for over 20 years, Napster came out in the 90′s it’s these free streaming sites that are hurting the industry , that get a full album released same time as a CD.

    People listened to music free on the radio but they still went and bought the albums, they wanted more then the just the singles.

  • wereqryan

    Greedy? Maybe. But un-intelligent? Definitely!

  • lejla

    Just stop talking about it already! He seems desperate now. She removed her music, so what? She knows what she’s doing and Spotify will still make money without her.

  • Sprite

    Give everybody Mp4 marketing ! mainstream Mp3 !