Don’t get between Taylor Swift and her pursuit of paper.
Apple Music has changed their policies with regard to artists’ compensation during their three-month trial period, after Swift dropped some truth bombs about its procedures. Swift took to Tumblr yesterday to say that she would withhold her album, 1989, from Apple Music under its current practices.
From Swift’s Tumblr:
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 even addressed potential haters with a logical argument in her note:
These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.
Within hours, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue took to Twitter with a succession of tweets:
Message: Don’t underestimate “The Power of Taylor Swift.” She’s coming for you, music streaming services.