Update, 6/25: After three days of music-revolutionizing Tumblr posts (opens in new tab), social media vollying, and too many changes of heart to count, Taylor Swift has agreed to relinquish 1989 to Apple Music:
It is happily decided. Taylor Swift is happy. Apple is happy. The conspiracy theorists are weeing themselves from happiness. Everybody is happy.
See you on #AppleMusic on June 30th! https://t.co/ajNnMV6TNAJune 25, 2015
Smooth. Very smooth.
Original post, 6/24: When Taylor Swift isn't rocking sold-out concerts, fine-tuning her army of Hollywood friends (opens in new tab), paying off her fans' student loans (opens in new tab), and revamping the term "cat lady" one adorable Instagram post at a time (opens in new tab), she's taking on big companies and changing the music industry (opens in new tab) for the betterment of her fellow artists.
But is it all too good to be true?
Some skeptics are claiming that Taylor Swift v Apple (opens in new tab) went *so* well, it had to be a PR stunt. Their reasoning? 1) Taylor Swift comes out as a hero 2) Apple looks like they're playing ball and are totally on board with artists' welfare.
Apple vs Taylor Swift. Now maybe I'm just getting old and cynical but this whole thing reeks of PR setup to me.... http://t.co/0C9jqg8JUXJune 22, 2015
Anyone else kinda cynical about this Taylor swift vs Apple thing? I feel like I've been played into being excited for their free trial.June 22, 2015
To which we say: 1) When did everyone become an expert in PR tactics? 2) Even if true—um, artists get paid and no one got hurt, so...what's the big deal?
Tay motto #475: Haters gonna hate.
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