Judging by the headlines Friday morning, Taylor Swift's music has finally returned to streaming services. - AFP picLOS ANGELES, June 9 ― Taylor Swift is releasing her entire catalogue on all streaming services, ending the pop star's boycott of Spotify Ltd over her ability to limit her songs to paying subscribers. The announcement was made late yesterday evening by Taylor Swift's official fan account. The singer's representatives have confirmed that Swift's entire catalog of songs will now be available on other music streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal, and Pandora.
It's worth noting that Swift's music has been available on Apple Music since 2015, a huge deal for the streaming service which was still in its embryonic form at the time.
However, cynics also pointed out that the timing happened to coincide with an album launch by rival Katy Perry, with whom she has had an acrimonious and public feud going back five years.
"I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music", she said at the time. Swift knows Perry is hopefully waiting on those Witness downloads, and she swooped in to distract fans who haven't picked a pop star side by offering a major haul of her free music.
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"Taylor Swift wants to end Katy's career no matter what".
At the height of her pop powers, Perry scored a record-breaking six U.S. number one singles from 2010's Teenage Dream album.
Swift will also add "Red" (2012) and "Fearless" (2008) back to the streaming services.
But it was only last month that it was publicly admitted. Between Katy accusing Taylor of assassinating her character and Taylor's silent clapback, this feud just got very, very interesting.