Taylor Swift’s Music Slithers Back Onto Streaming Services as Katy Perry’s New Album Is Released

Images via Capitol Records, screengrab

In what might go down as the most devious act of Katy
Perry and Taylor Swift’s
years-long feud (over
backup dancers of all things), the artist commonly
referred to as a snake emoji decided to make her entire catalog
available on streaming services like Spotify almost three years
after having them removed. The addition went down at midnight
Friday morning—which happens to be when Katy Perry’s
anticipated fourth album Witness was
released. (To add insult to injury, Swift also discounted all her music on Apple
Music.)

While even the most casual follower of celebrity gossip would
interpret this as an act of aggression meant to steal some of
Perry’s attention (and, more importantly, streams), Swift has
framed the sudden change as a gift to her fans for “in
celebration of 1989 selling over 10 Million Albums
Worldwide and the RIAA’s 100 Million Song Certification
announcement.”

Here’s the announcement as shared by her management team:

What’s particularly funny about this development is that the
Swift camp offered up a similarly fan-centric explanation when
removing her music from streaming services back in 2014. Only
the framing they used then (giving away music for free
embarrasses superfans) was significantly less believable than
the one they used this week (giving away music for free
rewards superfans). Just read this quote from
Scott Borchetta, the president of her
long-time label Big Machine, and tell me if you think he was
able to deliver it with a straight face:

“We never wanted to embarrass a fan. If this fan went and
purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their
friends go, ‘Why did you pay for it? It’s free on Spotify,’
we’re being completely disrespectful to that superfan.”

And don’t even get me started on the op-ed Swift wrote about the “future
of the music industry” for the Wall Street Journal
that summer. It began with her bemoaning the state of the music
industry, writing, “Piracy, file sharing and streaming have
shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every
artist has handled this blow differently.” It ended with this:

I predict that some things will never change. There
will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of
musicians, especially the younger ones.
Artists who
were at their commercial peak in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s tell
me, “It was never this crazy for us back then!” And I suspect
I’ll be saying that same thing to younger artists someday
(God help them). There continues to be a bad girl vs.
good girl/clean-cut vs. sexy debate, and for as long as those
labels exist, I just hope there will be contenders on both
sides. Everyone needs someone to relate to.

And as for me? I’ll just be sitting back and growing
old, watching all of this happen or not happen, all the while
trying to maintain a life rooted in this same
optimism.

She may be “sitting back” and “watching all of this happen”
today, but what she’s watching while curled up tightly on her
chair is a pettiness opera of her own making.

[Us Weekly]


Speaking of Katy Perry, here’s a full quote
from her NME interview teased yesterday:

“I mean, I’m not Buddha—things irritate me. I wish that I
could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also
not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone
tries to assassinate my character with little girls [her
fans].
That’s so messed up!”

[NME]


Below is a quote from Ewan McGregor in
Esquire, and also me in real life:

Just take me back, take me back, I want to be in the Nineties
again. Because it was a great time to be… well, me! It was!
Fucking amazing.

[Esquire]


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    , that (though delivered as a joke), is very
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    I guess, is nice. [TMZ]
  • God bless ONTD for this headline.
    [ONTD]

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