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Taylor Swift dislikes Spotify model, thinks labels should price albums

Written by James Delahunty @ 05 Nov 2014 10:40 User comments (9)

Taylor Swift dislikes Spotify model, thinks labels should price albums As you may have noticed, Taylor Swift has had a public break-up with Spotify, prompting sadness from the service and anger from some fans.
Swift, who's "1989" album just sold shy of 1.3 million copies in its first week - a feat not seen since The Eminem Show sold 1.33 million copies in its second week more than 12 years ago - suddenly removed her entire catalog from the the streaming music service this week.

While Swift has not publicly stated a reason for this decision, her past comments on the value of music and art serve as an explanation. In July, Swift wrote an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal, in which she showed considerable distaste for low-royalty streaming services and absolute opposition to the idea of free music.

"In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace," Swift wrote.

"Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is."

While Swift is certainly entitled to her opinion and nobody doubts the work she has put in to become so successful in a cut-throat business, there are some objections consumers and services can be justified in raising to them. The first and most obvious is that record companies have at many times in the past determined the price of albums and singles, and still to this day they have quite a bit of power over that decision.

The second objection you might have to Swift's comments is the idea that the creator determines the value of their work in the marketplace, while typically it should be the market that decides the value of goods and services. Swift is not alone in believing that artists and creators should be exempt from free market forces though.

In any case, her sudden decision to remove everything from Spotify (except for some songs still left on compilations) will be a huge blow to the service, and millions of her fans.

Spotify has 40 million users, and more than 16 million had streamed her music in the 30 days prior to it being pulled.

"We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy," Spotify said in a statement.

"That's why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community."

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9 user comments

15.11.2014 12:47

good riddance to another jumped up , self obsessed artist who actually thinks they are worth more than they are

25.11.2014 13:00

Sorry, Tay Tay but you're wrong. Let's get with the program, eh??

35.11.2014 14:14

The VALUE of anything is give it by the Demand of it: Dictated by WE THE PEOPLE not by any Price-Fix made by Corps, labels or else.

Swift is nothings more that just another Corp. stooge. If you ask me.

"Boycott is the answer !"

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Nov 2014 @ 2:19

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

45.11.2014 22:20

Wow, never cared for her music, now I don't care for her... lol. No loss here.

Carpe Noctem

56.11.2014 13:56

She should "shake it off" her dislike for free music.....

66.11.2014 14:06

Another point TS is missing: While I agree that an album is indeed art,the purchaser of said art is getting a copy of the art and not a signed original. The album has been duplicated a million or more times and the price should reflect that duplication.

718.11.2014 22:08

Taylor Swift is just another cookie cutter pop artist and at first I felt almost bad when Kanye West interrupted her MTV award speech, but now I think she really deserved it.

She has no skills and that awful hairdo that she has stuck to for so many years needs to go.

819.11.2014 14:36

While TS dislikes "Spotify model". She should be dislike RIAA Accountability.
- How To Sell 1M Albums & Still Owe $500,000

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

921.11.2014 17:59

Poor Taylor Swift, She won't be able to buy diamonds tiaras for her cats this christmas.

fire burning.

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