Taylor Swift Speaks Out on Spotify Situation Again

Taylor Swift Speaks Out on Spotify Situation Again

Taylor Swift is speaking out yet again to explain why she decided to take her music off the streaming service Spotify after the company says she would have made $6 million in the next year.

“With Beats Music and Rhapsody you have to pay for a premium package in order to access my albums, the 24-year-old singer told Time magazine (via Page Six). “And that places a perception of value on what I’ve created. On Spotify, they don’t have any settings, or any kind of qualifications for who gets what music. I think that people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.”

Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Taylor‘s record label Big Machine Records, also opened up to Time and revealed the amount of money she has actually received in the past year: $496,044.

“The facts show that the music industry was much better off before Spotify hit these shores,” Borchetta said. “Don’t forget this is for the most successful artist in music today. What about the rest of the artists out there struggling to make a career? Over the last year, what Spotify has paid is the equivalent of less than 50,000 albums sold.”

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  • Hill95

    I don’t think she has anything to “defend” does she? It’s her music. And as we now know, her royalties were not nearly as high as Spotify would have us believe. Taylor has said all along–she won’t let her music be used by a streaming service that doesn’t properly compensate songwriters, producers, or artists. I don’t think it’s ever been just about her. Example: She’s been working with great songwriters since she was 14, and their royalties on Spotify are miserable. The head of her label said just about the same thing. If a star like her gets such low royalties, what about people who are just starting out? Or fairly new stars who want to build their fan base? It’s their decision what they do, but nobody should be made to look bad just because they decide to leave Spotify.