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Taylor Swift removes entire back catalogue from Spotify

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Pop princess and internet darling Taylor Swift has removed her entire back catalogue from market leading streaming service Spotify.

One of the world’s most popular artists, neither Swift nor her representatives have offered an explanation for the decision to take down the tracks from Spotify.

In a post on the Spotify blog, the Swedish company said it hoped Love Story singer Swift would reverse her decision.

The firm wrote: “We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more - nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she's on over 19 million playlists,

"We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone."

"PS - Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there's more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It's a love story, baby, just say, Yes,” the company added.

The news comes as a blow to Spotify which, in recent times, has secured access to many of the artists who had held out against the streaming revolution.

However, Swift has been a major voice against music piracy recently and had refused to make her most recent album, the hipster beloved 1989 available for streaming. Earlier this year, she told the Wall Street Journal how streaming had devalued music.

“Piracy, file-sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently," she said.

"In recent years, you've probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal. My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet… is that they all realise their worth and ask for it."

Will Swift's stand affect the terms Spotify offers its artists? Share your thoughts below.

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Via: BBC

Tiny

November 4, 2014, 3:50 am

You can't stop piracy and taking music off Spotify is a stupid idea because at least she gets paid for plays on there, now people will hit the torrent sites and she will get nothing! it's the age we live in and it sucks for artists but it can't be stopped! It's too easy nowadays

Zeus

November 4, 2014, 9:44 am

Great so being and advocate against piracy, means pulling out of the one streaming service that is considered legit, great way to get her stuff pirated more. HOWEVER I am not an artist so have no idea how money goes from a spotify user to the artists. If an artist is getting short changed via something like spotify then leaving might be the only way to create the waves that makes said streaming company change a few things. So see both sides.

Keith

November 4, 2014, 1:02 pm

>> Swift has been a major voice against music piracy

Obviously earning $64 million is not enough..

PGrGr

November 4, 2014, 1:54 pm

"Taylor Swift removes entire back catalogue from Spotify".

Is it bad that I saw the headline and my first thought was "oh thank goodness for that"?

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