Her hardline stance on streaming will be extended to the brand new streaming service which launches on June 30th.
Taylor Swift is set to give a big snub to Apple Music when it launches officially at the end of the month, with reports emerging that the singer will not be making her current album 1989 available to the new streaming service.
Swift became the most prominent advocate of the non-Spotify model of music distribution at the end of the last year, when she removed her entire back catalogue from the streaming site just before the release of 1989. It didn’t seem to harm her sales – it has sold in excess of five million copies to date, making it the biggest selling album of 2014 and 2015 (so far).
Taylor Swift will not let Apple Music have access to '1989'
However, the rest of her albums are expected to be made available on Apple Music when it launches on June 30th, as they are on other streaming services that don’t have such a wide selection on their free tier as Spotify.
Representatives both for Swift and Apple confirmed to BuzzFeed News that there were no plans for 1989 to be made available on Apple Music, and her record label Big Machine said there were no plans “in the near future” for it to be available to any other streaming service, even the subscription-only service Tidal.
This is despite a clip announcing Apple Music and introducing some of its features containing a link to the star-studded video for Swift’s new single ‘Bad Blood’, which implied that it had secured the rights to stream its parent album.
Swift told Time magazine in November 2014, when asked about why she was withholding her new album, “On Spotify, they don’t have any settings, or any kind of qualifications for who gets what music,” she said. “I think that people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.”
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