When it comes to royalties being paid out to musicians from online streaming services such as Spotify, there are many who have criticized these services as they feel that it is unfair that artists only get paid a fraction of what they are pulling in revenue. Well if you were wondering why Taylor Swift pulled her album from Spotify, it seems that unfair royalties is a key reason.
Speaking in an interview with Yahoo Music, Swift explains her decision to not only not offer her current album on Spotify, but to remove the back catalog of albums as well. In the interview, Swift refers to Spotify as a grand experiment of sorts. “And 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. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
She also pointed out that she did Spotify a fair go when she released her single “Shake It Off”, but ultimately found that it wasn’t the direction she wanted to be heading which ultimately helped her arrive at her decision. “I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”
Based on Swift’s stance, it seems like there is a good chance she won’t be returning to Spotify for a while, although given that recent reports have suggested streaming services have outpaced digital music sales in terms of revenue, perhaps Swift and Spotify could eventually work something out.
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