Taylor Swift Explains Spotify Removal: 'It Didn't Feel Right to Me'

Taylor Swift has explained her reasons for removing her music from Spotify.

Taylor Swift has explained her reasons for removing her music from Spotify.

The music streaming service issued a statement earlier this week after fans noticed the 1989 star had pulled her music from the supplier.

Swift has now explained her opposition to Spotify, telling Yahoo that she's "not willing to contribute [her] life's work to an experiment".

"If I had streamed the new album, it's impossible to try to speculate what would have happened," the 'Shake It Off' star began.

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"But all I can say is that 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. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.

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"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. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things."

Earlier this week, Spotify claimed that it was trying to change Swift's mind, adding: "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."

Meanwhile, Swift's fifth album 1989 has achieved the biggest sales week for an artist in the US since Eminem's The Eminem Show in 2002.

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