Taylor Swift Allows New Album '1989' on Apple Music26 Jun, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Move comes five days after Apple agreed with singer to compensate artists during a subscriber’s free trial period
In a reversal, Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, will be available on Apple Music when the subscription streaming service launches June 30. The switch comes five days after the singer said the album would not be available in response to Apple not paying artists during a subscriber’s free trial period.
When Apple quickly reneged on that policy, Swift publicly applauded the technology giant’s move to compensate artists.
Now Swift, in a series of June 25 tweets, said she changed her mind about including the album because it felt like the right thing to do.
“This is simply the first time it’s felt right in my gut to stream my album. Thank you, Apple, for your change of heart,” the seven-time Grammy winner tweeted @taylorswift13.
Separately, independent music groups, including Worldwide Independent Network and Merlin — the latter including Beggars Group, Cooking Vinyl, Domino, Epitaph, Kobalt Label Services, Merge, Ninja Tune, Secretly Group and Warp Records — also changed their tunes toward Apple Music.
Merlin cited internal data that sugggested 33% of members' income from audio streaming and subscription services accounted for more than 50% of their digital revenue, up from 20% in 2014.
"Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about," Merlin CEO Charles Caldas wrote in a letter to members, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. "With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."