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Taylor Swift discusses rift with Spotify and reasoning behind ditching the service in new interview

07 November 2014, 10:31 | Written by Laurence Day

Taylor Swift recently decided to remove her entire back catalogue from Spotify, and refused to stream her new LP 1989 via the service.

They responded with a grovelling plea: "PS - Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes." To which Swift seemingly snubbed. Now, speaking to Yahoo, the megastar has explained her choice:

"Music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment and I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."

"I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it's important to be a part of progress. But I think it's really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word 'music' out of the music industry. Also, a lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with "Shake It Off," and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, 'I will try this; I'll see how it feels.' It didn't feel right to me."

"I felt like I was saying to my fans, 'If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it's theirs now and they don't have to pay for it... I didn't like the perception that it was putting forth. I decided to change the way I was doing things."

Swift also confirmed that "Blank Space" will be her next official single.

1989 is out now on Big Machine.

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