Taylor Swift saved Apple Music.
At least, that seems to be the case. She sent them a ‘love letter’ about why she wanted Apple to pay their artists during the trial period.
The letter is shown below:
As mentioned, ‘Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months.’ which is why Taylor took her album ‘1989’ from the service.
She also stated that ‘This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.’ She makes a very true point.
A musician who just received their big break not being paid for 3 months! That’s a long time, especially for a new artist.
This event keeps reminding of Taylor’s incident with Spotify. She pulled her entire catalog of songs from the service last year.
She didn’t like the rule where ‘All music will be available for paying users and free users’. When Taylor talked to them about the rule, Spotify wouldn’t give in, so Taylor Swift pulled her songs out.
I personally think that was a huge loss for Spotify, because Taylor Swift has only gotten more popular. Also, Adele followed in her footsteps and pulled her album, ’25’ from Spotify.
2 great artists, pulled music from Spotify. It seems Spotify is only losing more and more, especially since ‘Hello’ by Adele and ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Taylor Swift have over 100 million views. That number is only increasing.