Everything You Need to Know About Taylor Swift and Spotify
It was the year 2014 when Spotify experienced one of its worst break-ups in celebrity relationship history. We all remember it fondly; it was the day Spotify and Taylor Swift broke up, and when she bravely proclaimed that they were never, ever, ever getting back together. (I knowwww, I know…but can you blame me?)
And even though it shook the news for a solid few days, it looks like Taylor Swift has finally decided to shake it off, and for good reason.
Is it a love story?
Fortunately, most news that includes Taylor Swift also happens to include the person she’s currently seeing. But thankfully for Swifty fans today, Taylor is celebrating a well-deserved, more personal achievement that surprises no one.
Today, Taylor’s latest album 1989 hit the 10 million mark for albums sold worldwide, as well as the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) 100 million song certification. As you can imagine, this achievement is not something that every artist gets to experience, and those who do are often some of the greatest performers of all time.
To give you an idea, here are just a handful of the artists who have sold more than 10 million copies of an album: Adele (21, 2011), NSYNC (No Strings Attached, 2000), Nirvana (Nevermind, 1991), Michael Jackson (Bad, 1987) and The Beatles (Abbey Road, 1969).
If you’re wondering who has topped 50, the club is small. Only 3 have ever done it, with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson all having bragging rights. (The Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin IV and Thriller, if you wanted to go check them out!)
Where did it all go wrong?
In the last few years, many artists have been pulling their albums out of online streaming options. Swift was one of the very outspoken celebrities of the topic, claiming that while she was happy to be a part of the progress of music, she felt that the work and dedication put into her music by so many people was not being recognized or compensated fairly.
Much of the music that was available was streamed illegally online, meaning that customers could grab entire albums free of charge without getting any of the backlash. Even for Swift who has been making a handsome income since her country music days felt that the directors, musicians and handfuls of others working on her album deserved to reap the rewards of their hard work instead of watching people take it for free.
Many artists continue to stand their ground even still, with big names like Beyoncé deciding that her newest album, Lemonade, would only be available via one streaming program known as Tidal. Even though the album came out over a year ago, the album is still not available for purchase on iTunes or Spotify. For some artists, the personal choice often leads to disgruntled fans; however, changes seem to be on the horizon.
Taylor’s Change of Heart
Thankfully for fans, Swift has decided to take back her decision and move forward with her albums on Spotify and iTunes to celebrate her recent success. But it’s not all about that. It seems that with this agreement, we may see some changes for other artists as well, since more and more listeners are making the move to pay for the subscriptions on iTunes and Spotify.
Spotify recently reached more than 50 million subscribers, while iTunes hit the 27 million mark, respectively. While physical record sales are plummeting, fans seem to be happy to pay an agreeable $10/month subscription for unlimited access to all of their favorite music and more (except maybe Beyoncé) which is making stars like Swift happy to be a part of the team.
So, if you have no plans tonight, feel free to watch music streaming programs crash at midnight when Swifty’s fans start taking over. That’s the magic time when all of her albums will be back on the market and ready for your heartaches, revenge rants and dance-off vibes just in time for the weekend. Will you be downloading?