Continuing to highlight the overall opinion of the music industry, regarding terms that suggest Apple will not be paying artists, producers or labels any royalties during its FREE 3-month user trial period of Apple Music, top-selling recording artist Taylor Swift has penned an open letter to the company expressing her personal thoughts on the matter.
“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,” the artist wrote on her official blog.
“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.”
Citing Apple’s wealth, and position, to eventually distribute music in a streamable format – the right way, Swift suggests that Apple could quite easily offer Apple Music members 3-months FREE listening, and still pay the artists, labels and songwriters behind those streamed songs what they deserve.
“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child,” Swift makes clear to express, but rather she says “[they] 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,” the performer added.
It is due to these current terms that -despite Apple giving 1989 a store-wide prominent feature on the iTunes Store during its first week of sale- Swift says she will be holding back the rights to stream the top-selling album through Apple Music.
“[…] I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music,” the artist announced. “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.”
The move to pull the rights for Apple to stream her best-selling album to listeners would appear to mirror that of Swift’s reported fall out with rival streaming service, Spotify – last year, that saw Swift’s management pull most of her recent music catalog from the service, making it unavailable to stream for those who are both already signed up, and those who were perhaps just joining the service.
Apple would appear to be in an overall better position in terms of Swift’s catalog. That’s because the deals are reportedly already in place that allow the company to offer Swift’s back catalog for streaming to Apple Music listeners, however the open letter does appear to confirm in no uncertain terms that 1989 sadly won’t be invited to this party.
At least, not until Apple gives in and agrees to pay up.
Swift, who’s hope is that Apple decides to reverse this decision in time for the service’s launch – on June 30, says: “I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.”
1989 is Swift’s most-popular -and most commercially successful- studio album to date, managing to sell a colossal 1.287 Million copies during its first week of availability in the U.S – alone.
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” Swift concluded the letter by saying.
1989 is available to purchase on iTunes, for £7.99.
Read the full open letter – here.
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Previews provided courtesy of iTunes.