Taylor Swift is living proof that music stars do not need the aid of streaming services to sell their records. Only days after the 24 year-old singer pulled all her back catalogue from Spotify, her new album '1989' already shifted over 1.2 million copies in its first week of release alone.

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Swift is still continuing her fight against digital streaming services

Many people within the music industry and Swift's fans were shocked when she removed all her music from the popular digital streaming site. And when she was recently asked to speculate on how different her album's sales figures would be were it on Spotify, in an interview with Yahoo, the Grammy-winner declined to provide an answer, but did discuss the concept of streaming services.

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"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," Swift said. "And I'm not willing 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. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."

Spotify have since claimed nearly 70% of their revenue is paid directly back to rightsholders in the form of royalty payments, but it only pays artists an average of "between $0.006 and $0.0084" per stream, according to the service's website.

Swift has previously spoken out against free music streams in an op-ed article she wrote in June for the Wall Street Journal, in which she asserts that artists need to take responsibility for their own music.

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"Music is art, and art is important and rare," Swift wrote. "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. I hope they don't underestimate themselves or undervalue their art."