Apple Music Nixed on Taylor Swift's '1989' For Streaming Launch
June 19, 2015 at 12:33 PM (PT)
As APPLE prepares to launch its much-ballyhooed streaming service, it looks like fans won't have TAYLOR SWIFT's latest available, according to a report on BUZZFEED.COM.
SWIFT’s "1989" has not been available on any of the major streaming services, and won't be avilable on APPLE MUSIC's launch, either, confirmed by reps of both BIG MACHINE RECORDS and APPLE. SWIFT's back catalog, which is currently available on many pay streaming sites -- including RHAPSODY and TIDAL -- will be available on APPLE MUSIC, even during its three-month free trial. SWIFT famously removed all her music from SPOTIFY last NOVEMBER, calling free services a "devaluation" of her art.
The BIG MACHINE rep told BUZZFEED there are no plans to release "1989" to any streaming service in the near future, though it hasn't seemed to hurt the album, which has sold nearly five million copies since its release, the best-selling album of both last year and this one.