Taylor Swift And Spotify: It's Complicated

Download Audio

The online streaming service Spotify was forced to take down all of Taylor Swift's songs off its service, after Swift and her label Big Machine, requested the removal Monday.

Swift's entire new album "1989" had never streamed on Spotify, though the album's first hit single "Shake It Off" was the most played track before it was removed.

In a July opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Swift wrote about her feelings on streaming services. "Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically — people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them," she wrote.

Jason Bellini of The Wall Street Journal joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the pop star's decision and how this will affect Spotify.

Did you know Here & Now has two Spotify playlists? We have one for our weekly DJ Sessions segment and another for the best music interludes from the show (curated by our technical director John Perotti). Spotify is free to use but requires a login.


This segment aired on November 4, 2014.


More from Here & Now

Listen Live