Spotify users hoping to jam out to some Taylor Swift this morning were in for a bit of a shock when they fired up their computers. The popular singer-songwriter pulled her entire back-catalogue from the streaming website, leaving fans left with no choice but (gasp) buy her music. On radio this morning, the guys looked at Taylor’s impressive sales and how she’s shown industry insiders were wrong to think the days of the multiplatinum superstar were over.
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, Swift lumped streaming services like Spotify into the same category as piracy and file sharing. She said, “In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.”
“Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for,” she added.
“ from Taylor Swift will be the third consecutive album of her to sell more than 1 million copies in the first week, the only act ever to earn three, million selling weeks. The only act ever,” Glenn said on radio.
“Selling 1 million books doesn’t happen anymore, just doesn’t happen. Nobody is piling in the big numbers, except for things like ‘Walking Dead’,” Glenn said.
Want to hear about the time Glenn met Taylor Swift? Watch the video:
Front page image courtesy of the AP.