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Taylor Swift Has Been Receiving Some Backlash About Her Breakup With Spotify, But She's Standing By Her Decision!

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Sorry NOT sorry! That's basically what she's saying.

Yeah, Spotify, we don't think you and Taylor Swift are ever EVER getting back together. Like, ever.

The pop princess and streaming giant have been at odds ever since Taylor and her people decided to pull all of her music out of their library.

[ Related: Taylor Swift Removes All Of Her Music From Spotify ]

It all started when fans were wondering why Taylor didn't make her new album 1989 available to steam on Spotify. After the popular streaming app revealed why, Taylor and her management quickly removed every single song of Taylor's from Spotify's libraries.

Yes. It's all GONE.

[ Related: Taylor Swift's 1989 Is Officially Platinum ]

While it's been a widely debated topic of whether or not Taylor was in the right to take back her songs, everyone has formed their own opinion over the musical breakup.

However, Tay Tay is defending her decision to remove her songs and stands by what she did!

She said:

If I had streamed the new album, it's impossible to try to speculate what would have happened. 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 wiling 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. 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. 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.

We totally get it and Taylor definitely makes a valid point.

However, it's a little unfair to take all the songs that were already on there before back. Right??

All of those Swifties are probably hoping Taylor makes a return soon…but it doesn't sound like it's going to happen anytime soon.

Time to go purchase those albums, guys!!

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41 comments to “Taylor Swift Has Been Receiving Some Backlash About Her Breakup With Spotify, But She's Standing By Her Decision!”

  1. Saiii says – reply to this


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    She wants to make the money vs wanting her fans to have her music. She is like every other artist.

    This is why I never pay for music anymore. I download it for free off youtube. To hell with you people



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    How about just waiting a month to put your new album on spotify? Let it sell its bazillion copies in the month, and when it slows down, put it spotify! Taking down the old albums is just bizarre…… It's not like you're making much money off the old old stuff anyway.

  3. MewLover34 says – reply to this


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    Re: Saiii – No. She wants to make the money vs. wanting other people to make money off her music. This isn't complicated.

  4. Kelsey E says – reply to this


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    She's trying to justify being a greedy bitch. Like she is too good to be with these other musicians on the streaming sites, most artists that need these sites to get exposure in the industry and would never be able to afford doing this. I'm an artist and have been commissioned many times for art work so I get being paid for it, but every artist has gone through a period of putting out work for free just to get your name out there. She just wants every last dime that she doesn't need.

  5. Tara says – reply to this


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    Could someone explain to me how does putting your album on spotify makes music "no value and should be free". Worthless music are determined by its playback from listeners, and not the platform which the music is being delivered on. Reading her quotes just makes me want to puke. What grade did she even graduate from? Gosh, loads of bullshit.

  6. Mandy says – reply to this


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    Why is everyone calling her greedy? Hell yeah she wNts to make money off her music. Who doesn't? I bet if you guys were in her spot you'd be doing the same thing. She made it and produced it, so why should Spotify get all the proceeds? At least she does good things for her fans like all of her meet and greets, her special messages, inviting them to her house, and even giving away concert tickets, like to that frat house. Spotify doesn't do that.



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    She used the absolute worst analogy. True art is something that is shared with the world, not something to hog or treat as a product. A lot of the most amazing museums and galleries don’t charge anything because they want to expose as many people as possible to the most amazing achievements artists have created. In a museum you can look at all art as much as you want but you can’t own it. It’s the same principle as Spotify where you might hear the songs but can’t own them, and it’s not even for free.

    This only makes me believe she is doing it out of complete greed. And I respect her a lot less for that, if she went straight ahead and be honest and say it was because she wants as much money as possible I would respect her, but her making a bullshit argument about it being “art” and it’s like “taking it out of the wall” from a museum… bitch please, it’s all about your money. It has nothing to do with art.

  8. r says – reply to this


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    Re: Ani555

    ^This is spot on!!!



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    Re: xmichaelwood – agreed

  10. annainparis says – reply to this


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    Sounds like she has a hell of a reason, couldn't she have thought about it beforehand???? Duhhhhhh……that's called thinking….not sure she is doing the wall street journal a favor by citing them. What's rong with artists who think they can embrace science and literature….unless you are Nathalie Portman and you DID actually graduate from Harvard and wrote a piece in a scientific journal. I guess since Taylor hasn't been much on the 'giving back' scene (unless showing how to make cookies or basically the whole cooking thing), she just wanted everybody else to know more about what she thought. Taylor, discussions about authors' rights have been around for agessssss, everybody has a thought on it but they don't need to write a lengthy three pages on the topic…like Madonna would say: 'think first before talking (in this case doing!). Hopefully next time, we won't catch her stealing and then have to write a whole article in the wall street journal (lol) about why it's BAD TO STEAL (re.lol) and why she is having second thoughtsd about it now that it's done!!!!

  11. annainparis says – reply to this


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    Re: MewLover34 – okkkk but to the extent of comparing her music to a piece of painting, lol….and in the process citing the walll street journal, this girl doesn't have two arms, she is an octopus…..she is still very imature.

  12. annainparis says – reply to this


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    Re: Tara – maybe she should put her music on the wall street journal website!!!lol!!!! very valid point anyway!

  13. annainparis says – reply to this


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    Re: Ani555 – Your point doesn't make sense, talent (or at least what is stream current) has a price tag besides your analogy is totally wrong, painters were commissioned to paint those paintings in the first place, it was never for free you know.

  14. FckTaylorSwiftwhore says – reply to this


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    Re: Saiii – LOL PREACH! I use to think she was a good person, but starting to realize TAYLOR SWIFT IS A FVCKING FAKE B_TCH! It sucks because I like the music, but she is such an evil person. Starting drama with others and name calling (i.e. Katy Perry) to get her name in the media. And now removing songs from spotify, where people who couldnt maybe afford them or have access to them REMOVED? What a bvtch! this will catch up to her…

  15. ann says – reply to this


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    Re: Ani555 – PREACH!

  16. *** says – reply to this


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    I, for one, support her decision to make her bland music less available.

  17. Kelly says – reply to this


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    Re: Ani555 – sweetheart, no artist has ever done anything for free. A lot of them were paid well by kings, queens, and other royals for the work that they did. They didn't just "share" it with the world. A lot of it wasn't on public display when it was actually made.

  18. J says – reply to this


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    So basically what she's doing is saying art is only for the elite and the wealthy, since poor people can't afford to purchase her music…er, I meant, art.

  19. bee says – reply to this


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    if she wanted to make sure that the people who made the album got paid properly why doesn't she TAKE A CUT from her millions of dollars?!? HAHAHA THAT'S WHY I DOWNLOADED THAT SHIT WHEN IT LEAKED, IT'S REALLY GOOD TAYLOR GLAD I DIDN'T PAY A PENNY THOUGH :)

  20. pab says – reply to this


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    if you remove something from spotify, my response is to find it on pirate bay

  21. Erika says – reply to this


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    She probably hasn't been introduced to what is piracy yet.

  22. yfke says – reply to this


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    Swifties don't hope Taylor Swift will come back at spotify…Because we have already bought the cd!
    But of course she want to make money…you can't work for free. Besides free downloads sucks. Only a matter of time before tgey cant afford to make new music or films.
    And why is she a greedy bitch if you are a greedy bitch yourself by not wanting to pay for someone's work.

  23. sants says – reply to this


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    she's going to be on the losing side of history with this, just like when kid rock and eminem were against itunes and said pretty much the exact same shit…now look at them, both selling music on itunes. Taylor Swift is just fighting the inevitable.

  24. Mike says – reply to this


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    Re: yfke – "Swifties don't hope Taylor Swift will come back at spotify…Because we have already bought the cd!"
    >This argument is over general, I am a swifty and I hope taylor swift will come back to Spotify. Your explanation of purchasing the CD is also totally irrelevant to your argument.

    "But of course she want to make money…you can't work for free."
    >She wanting to make money has no relationship with my employment wage demands.

  25. Mike says – reply to this


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    Re: yfke – "Besides free downloads sucks. Only a matter of time before tgey cant afford to make new music or films."
    >The spirit of making new music/films should be motivated by artistes' inspiration, creativity and aspiration. She can keep all her music and has totally no obligations to sell it out for all I care. If the artiste is making music because they can afford to, then maybe the music is not quite worth listening.

    "And why is she a greedy bitch if you are a greedy bitch yourself by not wanting to pay for someone's work."
    >Users of Spotify falls under 2 payment categories for its business model, premium with a paying monthly subscription, and free, with monetising strategy through advertisements. Therefore, on top of paying users, streaming with advertising brings revenue as advertisers pays spotify to be advertised, which in turn is then paid to artistes. Please kindly educate yourself a little bit more for the benefit of mankind and my future offsprings, and after you are done with that, maybe you could help taylor swift with it too.

    Oh, and you misspelled *they. Have a great day.

  26. Sandra says – reply to this


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    I seriously do not know what is all the big fuss about her mediocre album that is probably going to stay on the top 40s for a month or so and then into the bin. It's just another worthless pop music these days.



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    Re: Kelly – “No artist have ever done anything for free” Are you kidding? Have you ever heard about Banky? Muralists? The last time I checked the Tate Modern in London (free) was full of new artists who care about expressing something, not pushing a product. I’m not advocating for Swift to give her stuff for free, I’m just bothered that she is acting like it’s a product and then talk about it like it’s art… I agree with E. Hubbard who said “Art is not a thing; it is a way”.

    Furthermore, isn’t it clear by now she is being a hypocrite? She is condemning streaming however she didn’t pull her music out of Google Play, Rdio.. etc. Why? Because IT IS ALL ABOUT HER MONEY… and she is just bullshitting everyone talking about art.

  28. Tim says – reply to this


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    Purchase her album? What a joke.
    I have less respect for her now. I wonder which singer is stingy enough to even remove their OLD albums to demonstrate defiance.

  29. Astrid says – reply to this


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    She should take her music off the radio too. She waited until her album was successful to pull her music out of Spotify and saying the is just an experiment. Whatever Tay, we wil all sit here and pirate bay your music. And then comparing it to art. In a few years, I bet people are going to ask taylor who?

  30. Matt says – reply to this


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    The fact that she could still pull her music out of spotify proves that people don't own the music on spotify. So why is this bitch complaining?

  31. Dollymadison says – reply to this


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    It was no surprise Swift didn't let 1989 play on Spotify when it was released. None of the big sellers like Beyonce, Coldplay or Adele let their new work on Spotify when they have a new release out, they usually wait months. Taylor did the same thing with Red.
    Swift and her label yanked her catalog because Spotify tries to force big stars to pay their work for free because it helps build up users who will hopefully sign for premium service later. So Spotify is basically exploiting them. The absolute worse is how poorly other people like songwriters are paid. They are taking a serious hit on royalties.
    Adele's manager said Spotify will have to change it's business model and play at least some stars on paid subscription streams only. They get higher royalties (as do their hit writing songwriters etc), I think millions of people who can pay for the service use it for free instead. They are actually ripping off not only the artists, but the other creative talent. Swift's catalog is still on services like Rhapsody, where her music is on paid subscription, higher royalties for everyone. I pay for Rhapsody. Fair is fair. It's only the craziness of the Internet that this "free music" craziness started. Subscriptions don't cost much, I believe in supporting artists, songwriters etc. all their hard work given away for free? No. Swift is right.

  32. Blaine says – reply to this


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    Re: Saiii – what a spoiled brat. You are ripping off not only the stars, but people like songwriters, who are getting paid practically nothing.the guy who wrote the top streaming song on Spotify got $4,000 for auS play..
    Why don't you just walk into Target and steal her CD? You're stealing when you download for free. Morally, there's no difference. You're just too chickenshit to steal it from someplace you can get caught. Chickenshit sneaky thief.

  33. Nick says – reply to this


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    omg some people really need to update themselves with technology. there is nobody to blame if you cannot cope with the change. pfft.

  34. Jake says – reply to this


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    At least other singers eventually release their albums on spotify while she being a big princess went and remove all her albums, even the old ones. I congratulate her for being the first, one of a kind, princess to achieve this level of immaturity in history.

  35. merj says – reply to this


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    Your parasites angry at your former idol of worship because you dont get things free anymore. If you only understood the music industry, you'd understand that she is trying to do everyone a service. This move isn't making her more money, its making a stand against an industry that abuses and takes advantage of people. YOUR parasite because your taking the industries side, ONLY because you get free music out of it. If you werent getting something free, or it was YOUR music, you wouldn't be so happy with .008 cents per download that spotify offers. Crazy things is I don't even like her.

  36. Tim says – reply to this


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    I used to hate kanye west, but now I thank him for dissing this bitch at the EMA. This artist don't deserve any respect at all. Arrogant slut

  37. Roy says – reply to this


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    Why do I even care? It's only going to be a matter of time before she becomes irrelevant with her proud album. There are still millions of songs to listen to on Spotify. And if I really want to listen to her trash, there will always be YouTube. Go on, remove all your music from YouTube too. Nobody gives a shit.

  38. Pat says – reply to this


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    I do not see how are they not earning enough from spotify. Suppose each play on spotify only gives you 0.008 and each track cost you 0.99. That will take about 123 plays per person, considering that spotify have 40 million active users and assuming iTunes sales hits 1 million copies for one week, each person on spotify would only need to play 3 times to reach iTunes numbers. So if I were to summarise, all she care is nothing but making money and more money. Such a greed face

  39. Patty says – reply to this


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    Each play is 0.008. Each track is 0.99. So I have to stream about 123 times, but spotify got 40 million active users and suppose iTunes hit 1 million copies in one week, each person only have to stream it 3 times to reach that number. All she care is about her money. Greed faced whore

  40. Gary says – reply to this


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    I am against people who are against Spotify. Now I am even more willing to seed her album forever at my expense, because people deserve a choice!

  41. Sandra says – reply to this


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    Have she been living under a rook? Spotify is not new…. I've used Spotify sense 06…