One of music’s biggest artists made a bold statement, shocking and disappointing fans worldwide.
On Oct. 27, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, “1989.”
According to The Daily News, Swift’s album sold 1.287 million copies within the first week of release. A week after her album debuted, Swift decided to pull all of her music off Spotify, the popular streaming service.
Swift had removed her last album, “Red,” off of Spotify when it was released back in 2012.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Swift said, “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.”
With the popularity of Internet streaming services such as Spotify, the sale of albums has been decreasing. Artists make less money when fans listen to an album on Spotify rather than buying an album from stores or from iTunes. Taylor Swift is just one of a few big name artists who feel this way about Internet streaming.
According to Time, artists such as Coldplay and The Black Keys have managed to keep their latest albums off of Spotify and other Internet music streaming sites.
“There are over 40 million music fans on Spotify and Taylor Swift has nearly two million active followers on the service who will be disappointed by this decision,” said Spotify spokesman Graham James. “We are working to bring this album to fans on Spotify as soon as possible.”
Some JCU students expressed their disapproval of Swift’s decision. Junior Sara Kaminski said, “I think her decision was selfish. I wanted to add her new album to my Spotify playlist and it wasn’t there.”
Junior Alyssa Coleman said, “I think people go to her concerts mainly because of her music and I think she may lose fans because many won’t have access to her music as easily as they have in the past.”
Despite Swift’s request to keep her album off of Spotify, Time Magazine says Spotify is trying to change her mind.
Editor’s Note: Information from The Daily News and Time Magazine was used in this article.