Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Taylor Swift Live Album is Available for Streaming Despite Singer’s Complaints About Old Label


The live album Taylor Swift was carping about yesterday it out and available at least on Spotify.

“Live from Clear Channel Stripped 2008” is streaming but it’s only on some platforms. It has a copyright 2020 Big Machine Records.

Swift is furious that Big Machine would issue such a record without her permission. But Big Machine owns her masters and catalog, so they can do whatever they want.

This sort of thing is part of the record industry tradition, it’s been going on for decades. That’s how we got Elton John’s “Here and There” live album in the mid 70s. Elton said in his book recently that he hated it, but I always liked. Best version of “Crocodile Rock.”

Anyway, Taylor will just have to Shake it Off and move on. Big Machine seems like they’re going to do more of these, so let’s get used to it.

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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