Swift live in concert 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Taylor Swift’s record label, Big Machine, has removed all Taylor Swift songs from Spotify.
Launched in 2008, Spotify has become a top music streaming site. As of 2014, Spotify has over ten million paid subscriptions commercial free, and forty million non-paying subscriptions commercial streaming.
These ten-dollars-paid-per-moth subscribers will no longer have access to any of Swift’s songs.
Devastated? Spotify has reacted to T-Swift fans with the new playlist titled, “What to Play While Taylor’s Away.”
The playlist humors fans through titles like “Quit Breaking Up With Me” by Little Big Town.
However, what fans are missing most is an explanation for why Swift suddenly left.
Sky News gets reaction from Spotify, “We love Taylor Swift” the company comments.
“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.” Sky News explains.
Spotify speaks for fans writing the statement, “We were both young when we first saw you, now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, yes.”
Swift has pulled a similar act back in 2012, when she removed her album Red from Spotify for several months.With new album, 1989, released earlier this month, perhaps Swift is repeating history.
Instead of streaming the album (and past albums) for free, you will have to buy it from iTunes for $12.99
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Swift told Wall Street Journal this summer, “Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.”
Maybe this was hinting her drop from Spotify. However, Swift has no comment on the sudden break-off.
Earning less than one cent per song played, stars do not rely on Spotify pay day. Swift is not the only artist to remove herself from Spotify; Queen B herself and rock band Cold Play have also removed all songs from the streaming service.
On Monday, Spotify released the statement aimed at the country-pop princess, “We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone.”
For now, Spotify users will just have to “Shake it Off.”
Swift waves goodbye to fans.
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