‘Cause, baby, now they’ve got bad blood. Taylor Swift really isn’t happy with Apple.
Swift penned an open letter to Apple on her Tumblr explaining why she’s holding back her latest album, 1989, from the new Apple Music streaming service.
While she respects the company for “pushing the right boundaries,” the singer takes issue with Apple Music’s free three-month trial for users — a period of time in which the service will not compensate artists for what is streamed.
I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.
After describing Apple as “one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans,” Swift does not hold back.
I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.
Swift went on to stress that her criticism is “not about me,” but an attempt to stand up for emerging artists and songwriters.
She ended the letter by writing: “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Read the full letter here.