Taylor Swift breaks up with music streaming service Spotify, fans cry foul
If you're hit with the Swift mania sweeping the world, you'll probably have the urge to listen to some of her songs.
But hold your horses.
If you're looking for her back catalogue on Spotify, you'll be greatly disappointed.
The pop star, who is enjoying record sales for her new album 1989, removed her entire catalogue from the music streaming giant yesterday.
Needless to say, some fans got rather upset.
Spotify was also understandably upset: Swift is arguably the world's most popular artiste now - so her move comes as a big blow to the streaming service.
In fact, they have even come up with a playlist begging Swift to return.
Want proof of their sincerity?
Then look at the 15-song playlist with titles spelling out a message to the singer that began with "Hey Taylor, we wanted to play your amazing love songs and they're not here right now."
Good try Spotify.
But I don't think it's going to work.
Swift had previously expressed her disapproval for streaming services, which are often referred to as the future of the music industry as sale of physical CDs continue to decline.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, 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.
Sources: Wall Street Journal, AFP, Time