Taylor Swift Talks About Taking Her Music Off Spotify

Taylor Swift Talks About Taking Her Music Off Spotify

Taylor Swift caused a lot of controversy this week when she decided that she would not let Spotify stream any of her albums anymore and now she is explaining her decision.

“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.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Taylor Swift’s explanation for leaving Spotify?

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  • Mark Jekabson

    world’s smartest woman.

  • H8tersg0nnah8

    oh come on… it’s like they are making most of their money from albums… No they do not. It’s concerts tours, advertising (in short gigs). Btw her music is on youtube, radios, pandorra and Sirius and that doesnt bother her… Okay, we’ll the piracy will get her now. Since Spotify helped drastically to decrease the number of people pirating her music. She will suffer now.

    • Maggie Peake

      yeah but the writers do not get nearly the amount of money they should off spotify

  • ashley

    she’s the dumbest rodent in the entire world

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  • alicekatex

    I think after the album has being out a while it should be put on spotify because people have already bought the album who are dedicatd and possibly listening to it on spotify might gain her more fans! she and her team are compensated A LOT for the music they make come on…