Looks like TSwift and Spotify are never, ever, ever getting back together. Following the release of 1989, Taylor Swift pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify, the online music-streaming service.
Although Spotify wasn't given her latest album to stream, now Spotify users can't even listen to her old albums. Swift has been pretty upfront about the fact that she's not a fan of streaming services. Last year, she told the Wall Street Journal "piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically and every artist has handled this blow differently." (As if Taylor has a problem with getting paid album sales. 1989 is rumored to have sold more than 1.3 million copies in its first week alone, a feat not achieved by an artist since 2002.)
Spotify immediately wrote a blog post about Taylor's decision, saying that nearly 16 million of its 40 million users have listened to T. Swift in the last 30 days alone. "We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone," they wrote. They also kept the post fun with a postscript that quotes some Taylor Lyrics, and they dedicated two playful playlists to the singer.
Taylor's decision has left fans divided. What do you think? Should she have left her songs on Spotify, or was she right to remove them?
(BTW, we're aiming for a Taylor Swift-themed week on the blog. Wish us luck.)
I'm not much of an OK Go fan, but I can (and do) appreciate a great music video. The band recently released a video for their newest single, "I Won't Let You Down," and it doesn't disappoint. It was shot using a camera on a drone and features dozens of people who use brightly-colored umbrellas to make a visually appealing choreographed dance routine. The video ends with shots so eleborate, it took 44 takes to get right (to be fair, there were 2,328 people in it, according to Rolling Stone).
This isn't the first creative music video for the band, either. This is kind of their thing.
Like that time they were the masters of illusion...
Once upon a time, singing competition shows launched careers for its winners. See: Kelly Clarkson; Carrie Underwood; Jordin Sparks.
But these days, that doesn't really seem to happen. So... what's the point of these singing competition shows, anyway?