Taylor Swift allegedly hates your freeloading ass.
Running an op-ed piece earlier this year in the Wall Street Journal, Taylor wrote: “Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” We got that courtesy of Time magazine, who did excellent reporting for us (yoink!).
So apparently, Taylor doesn’t like Spotify or the rates that they pay musicians for use — a longstanding and controversial issue between the service and creative types.
Spotify is of course hurting for the loss as they (tragically, and embarrassingly) noted that her music had been played by 16 million of their users in the last 30 days. In the meantime, they’ve offered up a dishy — and possibly snide — List of Songs To Play While Taylor is Away playlist option that includes Katy Perry and One Direction (her enemy and her ex — meow!).
Only one song, “Safe & Sound,” remains of Swift’s, from the Hunger Games album; and that’s likely due to a contractual agreement above the artist’s paygrade. Previously, Swift has stalled putting albums — notably 2012’s Red — on the site, and her latest, 1989, hasn’t appeared at all. Then again, this might just be her roundabout way of punishing the internet for putting those screaming goats in her videos.
Other artists, such as AC/DC, Tool, and Garth Brooks, have never partnered with the online music service. The real question though, is if Swift’s brash act finally influences other musicians to join the revolt?