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Taylor Swift has announced her upcoming 1989 world tour, and with it she drops the bombshell of removing all of her music from Spotify. She leaves only one song behind, ‘Safe & Sound’, from the Hunger Games soundtrack. This comes as no surprised from Swifts strict stance on streaming and music sharing. Her fifth studio album, 1989, was released last Monday, and has been topping charts ever since. As of recent reports, she has passed the 1.25 million sales mark, just shy of beating Britney Spears ‘Oops! … I Did It Again’ title as the top one-week sales record for a female artist. Her official sales figure is set to be released on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
Spotify sends off Swift’s famous tunes with a soppy goodbye letter this morning, siting that nearly 16 million people played her songs in the last month – and that her music appears on over 19 million playlists. She refused rights to allow her 2012 album, Red, appear on Spotify, but it later made it way on the streaming networking. She has openly expressed her distaste in music streaming in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in July, stressing that artists work hard for their music and piracy, streaming, and sharing have drastically shrunk album sales effecting musicians more and more every year. Always open and honest to fan, her piracy illusiveness may have contributed to her marketing success in an era of lowering music sales. Spotify is sad to see her go, and consoles fans with some playlist poetry including a What to Play While Taylor’s Away playlist, hoping that in the future she will open on up to streaming contracts.
Both a businesswoman, and artist, the 24 year old sing songwriter works hard to create and protect her music. Swift’s first single off her new album, Shake It Off, has been topping charts in September, joining a list of nearly a dozen other hits dating from back in 2006. Her second 1989 single, Blank Space, debuts on November 10th, 2014, and is already topping iTunes sales. Swift has made waves since switching from her usual country influence to catchy pop tunes in 2012’s Red, but 1989 takes the leap entirely riding the electronic movement and bringing electro pop to Swifts repertoire. Before gearing up for her next tour, she will be featured at both LA Jingle Ball 2014 on December 5th, and NY Jingle Ball 2014 on December 12th, just one day before Swift’s 25th birthday.
Tour dates were announced to happy Swift fans worldwide early this morning. On May 20, 2015, she will be kicking things off in Louisiana. The six-month tour will be visiting the US, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Presales for North American shows start the 7th, with European shows available tomorrow. Her last world tour ended in Singapore last June. She made headlines when her June 9 show in Bangkok was canceled due to Political unrest. Although this time around she will not be visiting as many countries, she brings more shows to America, connecting with fans from coast to coast.
By Morgan Louchen