Guten tag, Taylor Nation.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who messed up something again and now can’t log into YouTube and knows this has nothing to do with this post but I can’t fix it and it’s driving me crazy, we apologize for our technical difficulties and we’ll be back with Nashville Diaries soon enough. The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone was just in Germany rocking the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. That’s trouble with a capital T.
The Enchantress has been recently in the news regarding her album 1989’s absence from the new Apple Music streaming service. Her previous works are available, but the chart-topping album is nowhere to be found. T-Swizzle addressed the decision in a new thought-provoking statement on her tumblr and linked on her other social media accounts. Yes, this is her speaking directly to Apple Music:
The question is no longer if she will get any flak for saying that, she always does regardless. The question is whether this will hit home and make Apple Music reconsider absorbing those costs. Realize this is not Taylor telling Apple Music to go back on the decision to offer three months of free content. It’s Apple’s decision to wave off paying the artists for those three months that is the concern here.
Apple Music is a new streaming service. They want YOU onboard. They want to have a profit. They have a promotion so that if you sign up, THEY will give you three months for FREE. So far, we’re golden. The background effect is that Apple Music wants those three months for FREE themselves. They don’t want to pay for their own promotion. They want artists to pay for the promotion. In those three months, artists will have to go without compensation so that Apple Music can promote their service at zero cost to them. Good de- no, actually lousy deal. Three. Whole. Months.
You want a clearer picture? Here’s one. Imagine there’s a new store that sells apples opens in your neighborhood. They want to give away some free apples as a promotion. Cool, huh? But they tell the farm where they buy the apples from that since they’re doing this promotion, they want to get those apples for free. What do you think the farmer is going to say? Sure, because you’re this cool huge store or hell no, you are this huge cool store pay me and absorb the cost of your own damn promotion? If you work in any industry would you mind not getting paid for the next three months for every work done for a new customer?
Update: Apple answers via Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue. Apple will pay artists for streaming, even during the free period.
Here’s a clip of Wildest Dreams re-posted by Taylor herself. Sick piano there, T.
Coming up on the Calendar:
- June 21: Mallary Hope‘s Birthday.
- June 21: The 1989 World Tour – Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands – Ziggo Dome.
- June 23: The 1989 World Tour – Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom – SSE Hydro.
- June 24: The 1989 World Tour – Manchester, NW England United Kingdom – Arena Manchester.
- June 27: The 1989 World Tour – London, England United Kingdom – British Summertime Hyde Park.
- June 29: The 1989 World Tour – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena.
- June 30: The 1989 World Tour – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena.