Taylor Swift has removed her entire catalogue of music from Spotify, and now the subscription streaming service is begging her to give it back.
“We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more — nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists,” the company wrote in a blog post on Monday. “We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone.”
Swift’s decision follows the massive success of her latest album, “1989,” which is set to earn the largest sales week for any album since 2002 after selling over 1.3 million copies.
Earlier this year, the 24-year-old singer and songwriter noted in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that “piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically.”
“Every artist has handled this blow differently,” Swift added.
And we now know how she plans on handling it.
Still, Spotify is hopeful the “Shake It Off” singer will have a change of heart.
“We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70 percent of our revenue back to the music community,” the company’s response continues. “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.”
Swift isn’t the only artist who is not happy with the return — less than a penny per play — they get from allowing Spotify to stream their music.
In October, Jimmy Buffett asked CEO Daniel Ek for a raise in revenue return while Ek was speaking at a Vanity Fair Summit.
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“We’re at the end of the pipeline,” Buffett said. “When money goes to the label in a stream, it trickles to the artist. Do you see anything in the future where we might get a raise from you instead of going through the bullshit you have to with the labels these days?”