Earlier this week we reported that Taylor Swift was standing her ground as it relates to music streaming services by making sure Apple hears her #MusicHasValue message loud and clear. Today, fans awoke to an open letter from Taylor to Apple Music on Tumblr, explaining why the company shouldn’t expect her most recent sensation, 1989, amongst its offered albums.
In part, Taylor’s letter reads:
I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.
I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.
To read Taylor’s entire letter and see her go to battle for new and young artists on Tumblr, click here.