Taylor Swift got back together with Spotify on Friday, returning her music to streaming services nearly three years after complaining publicly they did not pay artists enough, and on the same day rival Katy Perry released a new album. - AFP picLOS ANGELES, June 9 ― Taylor Swift is releasing her entire catalogue on all streaming services, ending the pop star's boycott of Spotify Ltd over her ability to limit her songs to paying subscribers.
The album was only available to stream on Apple Music after Apple announced that it would pay artists royalties during its free three-month trial.
Others believe her move is not calculated at all, and is proof that streaming services are the way forward for the music industry. Many Twitter users noted that the return of Swift's music coincides with the release of Katy Perry's Witness album.
But now fans have access to all her older and current albums, including hits like "Shake It Off", "You Belong With Me", and "We Are Never Getting Back Together".
Last month, Perry told The Late Late Show host James Corden: "That's true, there is a situation".
Swift's back catalogue hadn't appeared on Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon Music since 2014 when the singer removed it to defend artists' "absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy". Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls [their respective fan groups].
Taylor Swift is rewarding her loyal fans for helping her reach a very special goal. In some ways, even artists like Swift can't afford to ignore the two platforms - though she's had a significant effect on how the two companies do business.
Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. on February 28, 2016.
"I tried to talk to [Taylor] about it, and she wouldn't speak to me", the star said.