Contrary to the sermon of Taylor Swift, Spotify doesn't devalue music, founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ek said Tuesday.The streaming-music service has grown by 2.5 million paying members and 10 million ad-supported listeners in fewer than six months (it now has 50 million users), and it has paid $2 billion to rights holders in the music industry so far, Ek said in a blog post that also sought to dispel "myths" about the service that have been promoted by high-profile artists like Swift."Piracy doesn't pay artists a penny - nothing, zilch, zero," Ek wrote. "Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars to labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists...that's two billion dollars' worth of listening that would have happened with zero or little compensation to artists and songwriters through piracy or practically equivalent services if there was no Spotify."The post by the low-key Ek highlights the friction in the music industry … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift is right about music, wrong about Spotify, says CEO Ek
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Taylor Swift, who’s been signed to Big Machine Records since she was a teenager, has left the label for Republic Records and Universal Music Group. The new deal comes with a special stipulation about Spotify. In an Instagram memo posted on Monday, Swift confirmed that the deal means she’ll get to own all her master recordings, a source of reported contention in her negotiations with Big Machine, whose execs were working hard to keep her. Swift also noted something more important to her than her masters: protections in the streaming economy for herself and other artists. She stated: As part of my new contract with Universal Music Group, I asked that any sale of their Spotify shares result in a distribution of money to their artists, non-recoupable. They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms than paid out previously by other major labels. She added that she sees this move as a positive change for creators. Swift hasn’t been … [Read more...] about What Does Taylor Swift’s Universal Deal Mean for Her and Other Artists?
To mark the end of 2018, global superstar Taylor Swift and streaming service Netflix threw one hell of a New Year's Eve party. There were snakes, there was glitter, there was confetti and there were the best indoor fireworks you've ever seen.Didn't attend? Not to worry, there's still time.The movie version of Swift's 53-date, award-winning, record-topping blockbuster Reputation stadium tour was released on Netflix Monday. Having attended two dates on the tour and seen Swift perform live for the first time in three years, I thought I knew what to expect from the movie. What I didn't expect was feeling equally as moved and starry-eyed while tucked up on my sofa on a cold winter's night as I did back on those warm evenings last summer. Not only did it spirit me back onto the stadium arena, but it left me with an overwhelming sense of relief that this spectacle has been committed to film I can revisit any time.It's a smart move for Taylor Swift to partner with Netflix rather than a … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour lives forever and ever on Netflix
In case you weren't aware, Taylor Swift's reputation tour is officially underway. And from what I've glimpsed online -- and in real life, courtesy of a preview at a BBC festival last weekend -- it looks to be a dazzling, banger-filled, snake-adorned sequin fest.But ahead of seeing the show, the one thing I can't get enough of online are the social media outpourings from fans who've met her backstage in an intimate venue called the Rep Room.There's a breathless quality to their stories, which often spill out over threaded tweets, punctuated with all-caps exclamations and strings of random letters used to convey their speechlessness. They describe their tears, their racing hearts, how deeply shook they were.It's something I've seen firsthand.During a London stop on Swift's 1989 World Tour, I looked on as Swift's mother, Andrea, who just happened to be walking by, picked two fans out of the crowd. After a long and earnest talk with her, the two teenage girls decked out with homemade … [Read more...] about How Taylor Swift flipped online fandom on its head for the better
The movie of Taylor Swift's record-breaking reputation stadium tour will be arriving exclusively on Netflix on Dec. 31 at 12:01 a.m. PT, the singer announced via Instagram on Thursday.It may not be typical of Netflix's original content, but this wasn't just any old tour. It eclipsed multiple stadium attendance records around the world and was the highest-grossing US tour of all time, raking in $266.1 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.Rumors that a video of the tour was being made for or by Netflix have been circulating among fans since mid-November, after those who met Swift backstage in Tokyo signed disclaimers for the streaming service. The rumors proved true on the day of the singer's 29th birthday -- a day she often uses to break news about tour movies. Now playing: Watch this: What's new to stream in December 2018 2:07 "Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes! Today I finally get to show you something we've been working on for a while... the trailer for … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift reputation tour movie coming exclusively to Netflix