Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Taylor Swift on Slicing Apple Music : “I am elated and relieved…they listened to us”


Taylor Swift just responded to her victory over Apple Music. I don’t think this is a pr stunt, as some have suggested. Apple really intended not to pay artists for 90 days for streaming. I don’t know why they created a situation where one artist, Taylor Swift, would bring them down. They didn’t listen to complaints from anyone else. But “1989” is selling after 8 months. Without it, they’d have been in a really sticky place to launch this week.

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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