Last weekend, shortly after Apple announced its new music streaming service with the three-month free trial (where artists would not be compensated for their music over that period of time), Taylor Swift took to her Tumblr to express her indignation towards the idea.
Shortly after, she posted her letter To Apple, Love Taylor on Tumblr, as well as tweeting out the link on her Twitter to her 59.4 million followers, and Apple Senior Vice President and head of iTunes Eddy Cue responded to Taylor via Twitter:
"Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field...but will not get paid for a quarter of a year's worth of plays on his or her songs," she wrote, among expressing other points of concern to Apple in a very long Tumblr post.
Taylor received tons of praise and congratulations for "changing the music industry," as all artists will now be compensated for their music on the streaming service. Among her supporters was Calvin Harris, her boyfriend (like Talvin AF guys!). When he referred to her as "my girl," I'm pretty sure that the entire Swiftie fandom (including me) died right then and there. Like RIP ME GUYS. (The swifties get it. ;D)
Yesterday, Taylor took to her Twitter again to announce that due to Apple's change of heart, she will be "happily streaming" her album 1989 on the Apple music service during the three-month free trial. This blew up Twitter and made a lot of fans VERY happy. TBH, I wouldn't be using Apple's streaming service if 1989 wasn't on it.
Taylor even slammed the conspiracy theory that the letter, statement and tweets were all a publicity stunt or an exclusivity deal to get both herself and Apple positive attention. Her album 1989 will now be happily on the streaming service when it releases June 30, 2015. SLAY TAYLOR, SLAY.