Taylor Swift has delivered a body-blow to Apple, opting not to give the rights to her latest album to the firm’s upcoming music-streaming service.
Apple Music, which will launch at the end of the month, was previously believed to have bagged 1989, one of the biggest-selling records of the past two years.
The company has instead secured the rights to her back catalogue, which is still more than Spotify has managed.
Swift removed all of her music from Spotify last year, claiming that the service doesn’t pay artists fairly and that free music-streaming devalues their work.
While she favours the paid services Rdio and Tidal, she still made sure that her latest album was only available as a CD or paid download. The move paid off, with 1989 attracting more than one million buyers in a week.
According to BuzzFeed News, a representative for Swift’s label, Big Machine, said that there are no plans to release the album to any streaming service in the future.
Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month when it lands, and we assume UK pricing will stand at £9.99.
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