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Taylor Swift’s 1989 Album Back on Apple Music After Royalties Challenge

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Taylor Swift has announced her 1989 album will appear on Apple’s new streaming service.

Earlier this week the singer challenged Apple over the fact they weren’t planning to pay royalties to artists during Apple Music’s three-month trial period.

After seeing Taylor Swift’s open letter, Apple Music backed down and will now pay artists during the initial trial.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 is not currently available on any streaming services.

The singer tweeted: “After the events of this week, I’ve decided to put 1989 on Apple Music…and happily so.

“In case you’re wondering if this is some exclusive deal like you’ve seen Apple do with other artists, it’s not.”

In her original letter Taylor Swift had said that “three months is a long time to go unpaid” and said it was “unfair” to expect people to work for nothing.

“I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done… I think this could be the platform that gets it [music streaming] right,” she added.Taylor Swift 1989 album back on Apple Music

Apple Music, which launches on June 30, will allow users to stream the company’s vast catalogue of singles and albums and is set to cost $9.99 per month for one person or $14.99 for families.

The company says it plans to pay 73% of the music subscription revenue to music owners.

Apple executive Eddy Cue said the firm had already planned to pay artists a higher rate after the trail period was over to compensate for the first three months of free service given to customers.

They had already been hearing “a lot of concern from indie artists about not getting paid during the three-month trial period” before Taylor Swift spoke out.

Eddy Cue also said: “We never looked at it as not paying them.”

Taylor Swift tweeted: “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.”


In 2014, Taylor Swift removed her entire back catalogue from Spotify, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically”.

Now the only Taylor Swift tracks on the streaming service are from compilation albums.