Taylor Swift Adds Catalogue To Spotify The Same Night ‘Witness’ Drops
Mere hours before the release of Katy Perry’s purposeful pop LP Witness, it looks like she may be thwarted by Taylor Swift. The two famously have bad blood between them that they’ve both discussed in a series of barbed diss tracks including Katy’s latest single “Swish Swish,” but the 1989 diva might come out on top where it matters after announcing that she will upload her entire back catalogue to all streaming services on the same night that Witness is drops. That’s cold.
Taylor’s management team announced the decision on their official Instagram account saying that it was to celebrate 1989 breaking 10 million album sales and RIAA’s recent 100 Million Song Certification. “Taylor wants to thank her fans by making her entire back catalog available to all streaming services tonight at midnight,” they wrote in the release. She might also want to block her nemesis from the top spot on the charts. Can’t hurt to kill two birds with one stone. The “Bad Blood” hitmaker famously pulled her catalogue off streaming services like Spotify before the release of 1989, announcing the decision in a pretentious statement.
“I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment,” she said before citing complaints of skewed pay scales that make it difficult for writers and less well-known acts to make money from streaming. “I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.” Of course, Taylor did end up partnering with Apple Music, exclusively hosting 1989 on the service. Amazon Music also retained access to Taylor’s back catalogue as well, though they will be adding her latest release tonight. In the immortal words of Katy Perry herself, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing.”
While it’s possible that Witness may come out on top, Taylor’s decision should bring in huge streaming numbers that could potentially block Katy’s release. Check out the official announcement below.