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Find out how much Spotify actually pays Taylor Swift and other top artists

Taylor Swift’s latest high-profile breakup was a change from the usual, being a global music streaming service rather than a tousle-haired pop star. Two weeks ago she pulled her music from Spotify, inspiring industry pundits to debate the sustainability of a platform that can’t hold onto its market’s biggest star of the moment and Spotify to make a very public plea for her to return.

The stated cause of the split was money, and specifically the relatively tiny amount of royalties that artists receive from Spotify plays versus other forms of media, a subject that’s irked other major pop stars like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. In order to get some perspective on the situation, Time recently tabulated a list of the most-played artists on the service and did the math based off Spotify’s stated pay-out rates to estimate what sort of sums are in the balance. While it seems like Swift may be turning down more money per month than most people make in a lifetime, her people say she’s actually been paid considerably less.

Check out T-Swift’s numbers (and the rest of the top 20 most-played artists on Spotify) here.

What YouTube's new music streaming service means for you

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Yesterday, YouTube announced that it’s going to get into the highly competitive music streaming business. According to the L.A. Times, the Google-owned video service is getting ready to roll out YouTube Music Key, which will “give users access to tens of millions of songs, for about $10 a month”— by providing an ad-free way to enjoy all the music that’s currently licensed and available on the service.

Okay, great. Should you care?

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Breaking Big: 'Riptide' singer-songwriter Vance Joy

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With a hit single—the strummy, propulsive anthem “Riptide,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Alternative chart this fall—major festival gigs, and a North American headlining tour, Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy was already set to finish out 2014 as one of the buzziest new-folk troubadours since Bon Iver. And that was before Taylor Swift (perhaps you’ve heard of her) tapped the former semiprofessional athlete born James Keough to open on her world tour kicking off May 20.

“There hasn’t been that kind of ‘big’ moment,” says Keough, who played his first proper gig only two years ago. “It’s been such a steady burn.” Odds are that things are about to get a lot hotter. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift vs. Spotify: A timeline

Taylor Swift’s 1989 dropped Oct. 27. Just a week later, all her music disappeared from Spotify.

This caused some confusion among fans—and caused Spotify to panic. Since Nov. 3, the two parties have gone back and forth about the whys behind Swift’s move. Swift says she believes art should have value, and she doesn’t think Spotify conveys this message; Spotify maintains that its goal from the beginning has been to help fans listen to music while also giving artists their due.

It’s messy, and, as Swift said in a Time interview, “really kind of an old story”—she first publicized her views about paying for music this past summer. But since her decision to yank her songs from the site made that story new again, here’s a complete rundown of who’s said what so far.

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Watch a 12-year-old Taylor Swift sing the national anthem

Before Taylor Swift was welcoming everyone to New York, she was singing the praises of the country as a whole at a 2002 NBA game.

A 12-year-old Swift sang the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers game, where she wore a very red outfit that foreshadowed her album to come. Although she later sang the national anthem again at the 2008 World Series and did a solid job with the help of a glittery guitar, the 2002 a capella version proves that Swift has basically always been a star.  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift to play CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though CBS’s Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage is secondary to NBC’s, CBS is giving Swiftionados a reason to tune in on Thanksgiving morning. CBS announced that The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS will feature performances from Miss “Welcome to New York” herself.

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Taylor Swift is in on the joke in her 'Blank Space' video

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Taylor Swift’s video for “Blank Space” finds Swift on a beautiful estate, wearing stunning gowns, and completely embodying her lyric “darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” It is, as it’s intended to be, hilarious. READ FULL STORY

'Shake It Off' gets the most intensely 1989 music video possible

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Three things that were very major in 1989 that Taylor Swift did not work into her album 1989: aerobics, Alan Thicke, and Crystal Light. Thankfully, YouTuber Thomas Jung somehow figured out that “Shake It Off” syncs up with almost eerie perfection to a routine from the 1989 Crystal Light Aerobic Championship, hosted by Alan Thicke, which was something that actually aired on television at one point.

The video’s hilarious. (Aerobics! Spandex! Floofy hair!) But there’s a poignant quality in seeing a bunch of people celebrating something that would almost immediately after seem dated and vaguely creepy. Good thing that’ll never, ever happen to our collective obsession with Taylor Swift!

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Taylor Swift explains why she's not taking Spotify back

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While some artists could pull their catalogs from Spotify without a ton of backlash, when Taylor Swift did it upon the release of her immensely successful 1989, the streaming service responded with a “please take me back” letter that, in Swift talk, was somewhere between “Back to December” and “Mean.”

But that plea didn’t seem to work on Taylor. In a new interview with Yahoo, the singer defended her decision to pull her music from the streaming service, saying she’s not keen on the idea of doling out art for free.

“If I had streamed the new album, it’s impossible to try to speculate what would have happened. But 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. “And I’m not wiling 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 expressed similar sentiments in a lengthy Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier this year. In that piece, she emphasized that music, as art, is valuable, and that “valuable things should be paid for.”

“And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free,” she told Yahoo. “A lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with “Shake It Off,” and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, ‘I will try this; I’ll see how it feels.’ It didn’t feel right to me. I felt like I was saying to my fans, ‘If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it.’ I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”

Sounds like Spotify’s going to have to step up their apology game if they want Tay back. Perhaps an album in her name?

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