Friday, April 19, 2024

Taylor Swift Gives Most of Catalog to Jay Z for Streaming–Still Not on Spotify


Big news in the pop world: Most of Taylor Swift’s catalog is streaming on Jay Z’s TidalHiFi today with the exception of her current “1989” album.

Swift famous took herself off of Spotify last year in a dispute over royalties. Her music, including “1989,” appears on Pandora. But that service also offers listeners direct links to retailers so you can buy what you’re listening to. Spotify doesn’t do that.

Swift is also part of Jay’s Twitter campaign today to launch Tidal in the US. He’s got all his pals involved: wife Beyonce, Madonna, Kanye West, Jack White, et al turning over their Twitter accounts to him today– presumably for fees.

As for Swift, Tidal costs $20 a month. Spotify is free, or $10 a month without commercials. Frankly, you can have Spotify for free, download “1989” from amazon or iTunes, maybe get the CD, too, and be ahead of the game.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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