Why Taylor Swift is Beefing with Spotify

November 4, 2014 By:
Why Taylor Swift is Beefing with Spotify
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Here comes Taylor Swift being all Taylor Swift-y.

Taylor abruptly pulled her ENTIRE discography from Spotify following the release of her highly anticipated 1989 album. 

As stated in her interview with Rolling Stone, Tay Tay isn't the biggest fan of free music and streaming services like Spotify. "Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for."

So we're not too surprised that Taylor turned her back on Spotify. 

However, Spotify isn't too happy about the whole ordeal and wrote a blog post asking Taylor to reconsider. "We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy."

Keep in mind that the average "per stream" rate is between $0.006 and $0.0084. Yes, you're reading that right. One Spotify play equals less than 1 CENT for the artist.

Yes, music sales are at an all-time low, and Spotify royalties are pretty much a joke, but that isn't stopping Taylor Swift. 1989 is on its way to selling 1.3 million units in its first week, making it the only album in 2014 so far going platinum AND breaking a record that hasn't been touched since 2002.