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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.
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?
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’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.
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
This was inevitable. READ FULL STORY
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
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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