“The rumors are terrible and cruel, but honey most of them are true.”
In 1989, Taylor Swift acknowledges all of her haters. She smartly sings about her personality, the rumors of her countless ex-lovers and the rest of what has become her very public personal life.
Whether or not she’s playing up the persona is up to the consumers of the tabloid media. But one thing is for sure, most of us are intrigued in one way or another.
With the release of her fifth album, Swift has garnered some great headlines, and some not so positive ones. Positive reviews have flooded sites, praising Swift’s transition into a surprisingly distinct sound, despite 1989 has officially burned up the charts, selling over one million copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Outside of the Frozen soundtrack, no other album has sold that many copies this year, let alone in a week.
But the stance Swift has taken against Spotify and her haters have reignited the intrigue and the mystique of who exactly Taylor Swift is and what she represents.
Swift and her record label Big Machine Records removed her entire music catalog from the streaming service last week. Earlier this year, Swift vocalized her stance against free music streaming services, writing an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal stating, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”
And recently in an interview with Yahoo! Music, the singer explained her decision to remove her catalog from Spotify, saying she did not want to be a part of the “grand experiment,” which could ultimately lose her, and her fellow artists, money. And to take such a strong stance against a streaming service, Swift had strong trust in her fans to stick and buy the physical copy.
But the big problem now is that, if Swift is going to take her music off of Spotify, what about the other countless other free streaming services that still have her music? Yes, you may not be able to pick the exact song that plays, but that’s still a free play. Millennials will find a work around to listen to music, whether it’s through YouTube or other illegal music download services.
She is a great songwriter, an energetic performer, but most of all, an all-around smart pop star.
“Ain’t it funny rumors fly / And I know you heard about me.”