In a great interview with Chris Willman on Yahoo Music, Taylor Swift had a short comment about Spotify’s latest artist relations debacle:
That leads to the streaming question. We’ve played the game of wondering whether you would have sold hundreds of thousands of fewer copies last week if the album had been available to people for free via those services. To a lot of people, you’re a hero for reinforcing that music still has a value. And then there are some people who think you’re standing in the way of progress by not giving in to the streaming model. What are your thoughts on all that?
If I had streamed the new album, it’s impossible to try to speculate what would have happened. But all I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And 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.
Read that again: “[T]he landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment.”
So remember this is a Nashville girl. I don’t know if this is what she was mentally adding to the end of that sentence or not, but as someone who was raised by Southern women, I know what I’m betting on.
“Bless their hearts.”
See, they don’t say that kind of thing in Sweden, kids.
To paraphrase another great lady: Poor Daniel. He can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.
Stumble on, Spotify bros.