Taylor Swift returns to streaming services

She previously pulled her music from Spotify three years ago

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7:53 9 Jun 2017 Fionnuala Jones 07:53 Friday 9 June 2017

Taylor Swift is making her discography available to streaming services once again, three years after she pulled her back-catalogue from Spotify.

The singer's management team confirmed the news via Twitter, saying that the move to make Swift’s catalog available came in celebration of her most recent release '1989' selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.

The albums — including 2012’s 'Red' and breakout hit 'Fearless' — were pulled from Spotify in 2014, ahead of the release of 1989. Swift defended her decision, complaining that streaming services like Spotify didn’t compensate artists fairly.

"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," she said in 2014.

“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."

Swift kept two of her records on Jay-Z's Tidal and later Apple Music in 2015. The singer initially voiced concerns about Apple’s free three-month trial, which under original terms, would withhold royalties for artists whose songs were played by non-paying customers.

The company quickly made the decision to flip that deal and agreed to pay royalties to artists played by any user.


Social media users have commented on the timing of the move, which coincides with the release of fellow pop starlet Katy Perry's new album 'Witness'.

The former friends allegedly fell out after Perry reached out to some of Swift’s dancers in 2012 to see if they would work with her on her upcoming 'Prismatic' tour.

Last month, Perry told The Late Late Show host James Corden: “That’s true, there is a situation. Honestly, it’s really like she started it and it’s time for her to finish it.

“I’m not Buddha – things irritate me,” she continued about the perceived slights. “I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”


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