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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?

Taylor Swift sells 1.3 million albums, lip syncs to Kendrick Lamar

Taylor Swift, New York welcome ambassador and accomplished owner of cats, is an unstoppable force. Billboard reports that Nielsen SoundScan revealed that her 1989 has sold 1.287 million copies in a week—that’s the most an album has sold in a week since 2002 when Eminem’s The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift to debut new single at American Music Awards

Taylor Swift’s takeover of 2014 with 1989 is set to continue at the American Music Awards, where she’ll debut her new single, “Blank Space,” the second off the album.

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Taylor Swift removes her music from Spotify; Spotify says 'Stay, stay, stay'

Once upon a time, Taylor Swift fans who didn’t want to shell out dozens of dollars could listen to most of Swift’s discography on Spotify for free. That time is now over—but Spotify is trying to change that.

Swift removed all her music from Spotify, so the company responded by posting a note to the “Shake It Off” singer on their website. “We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone,” their site reads, and adds that they pay “nearly 70 percent of [their] revenue back to the music community.” READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift won't be playing shows in New York on her '1989' tour (Updated)

Taylor Swift fans will soon be able to shake it off with the woman herself: Swift announced today that she’ll be embarking on a world tour starting this spring.

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Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York' proceeds are going NYC public schools

No matter whether you think Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” is a good representation of the city, she is using it to genuinely help her newly adopted home. Newly appointed New York City “welcome ambassador” Swift announced on The View, that all of the proceeds from sales of the song will go to public schools in the city.

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Here's what happens when Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' meets Beyonce's 'XO'

Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are likely the world’s two most zeitgeist-y and powerful pop stars right now. So, naturally, someone saw an opportunity. READ FULL STORY

The evolution of Taylor Swift, as told by her song lyrics about cars

In announcing 1989, Taylor Swift declared that she was done with country music, explaining that it was her “very first documented, official pop album.” But some of her imagery reveals that she hasn’t completely left the world of country behind: Swift still loves her cars.

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Kelly Clarkson covers Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

Kelly Clarkson covered Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Saturday evening—and even got Swift’s stamp of approval.

In a fan-recorded video of the performance, Clarkson introduces “Shake It Off” as “one of [her] favorite songs out right now.” She goes on to infuse the pop song with some soul, and finishes with a note on Tay: “Seriously, everybody gives Taylor Swift a hard time, but she can write a hook,” Clarkson says. “I’m just sayin’.” READ FULL STORY

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