Taylor Swift's '1989' won't be offered on Apple Music

Taylor Swifts 1989 wont be offered on Apple Music

The move, while risky, paid off for the 25-year-old singer as 1989 became the biggest debut of 2014.



By Reuters

Published: Sun 21 Jun 2015, 8:45 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:47 PM

Pop star Taylor Swift will not be making her hit album 1989 available on Apple Inc’s upcoming streaming service, the singer’s label said Friday.

Apple Music, which will launch at the end of June, will offer subscribers a large catalogue of songs for a subscription fee of $10 (Dhs37) a month, but Swift’s 1989, her fifth studio album, will not be offered on any streaming service, her label Big Machine Group said.

Representatives for Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

Swift pulled her entire catalogue of music from online streaming platform Spotify last November and refused to offer her latest record 1989 on streaming services, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically.”

The move, while risky, paid off for the 25-year-old singer as 1989 became the biggest debut of 2014. It has sold more than 4.9 million albums in the U.S. since its October release.

Swift’s back catalogue remains available on streaming services that require a paid subscription, her label said.

Apple Music, unveiled earlier this month, will not offer a free, ad-supported on-demand streaming service like Spotify or Pandora.

The music industry has supported Apple bringing its vast music library to paid streaming, and the company said it will pay 70 percent of the music subscription revenue to music owners.


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