Taylor Swift Explains Her Spotify Stance: “I’m Not Willing To Contribute My Life’s Work To An Experiment”
Taylor Swift bucked the music industry trend of embracing streaming services when she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify — a bold move but clearly one that paid immediate dividends given the bumper first-week sales of new LP 1989. The former country queen was asked about her stance by Yahoo and she didn’t hide her obvious distaste for new means of music dissemination.
“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,” the “Shake It Off” hitmaker explained. “And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.” Her verdict? “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’,” Taylor continued. “I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”
It’s hard to fault her logic. The 24-year-old’s ability to make physical CDs attractive to fans via bonus tracks, posters and even voice memos is proof that most labels and artists might have thrown in the towel and focussed most of their attention on digital a little prematurely.
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