Monday, July 22, 2024

Taylor Swift 2008 Live Album, Which the Singer Protested, is A Bust with Just 33 Copies Streamed So Far


Taylor Swift was so upset last week that an eight-tracks live album of her music was coming, albeit unauthorized.

“Live from Clear Channel, Stripped 2008” was just part of Swift’s catalog acquired by Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta, the latter from Big Machine Records. It was the first time they dove into the library of unreleased material since Braun and a consortium bought Big Machine last year.

Swift, who knows the deal thoroughly, caught wind of the new set being prepared for streaming and blew a gasket. She posted a notice to her fans on Instagram explaining the situation.  She called out the Soros family and the Carlyle Group, accusing them of “shameless greed.”

Well, it worked. The stream appeared last week and at first sold 7 copies. SEVEN. Then on Friday and Saturday another 26. The total is 33. THIRTY THREE. That’s it. No one bought it. Plus, it seems only Spotify took it. Apple Music isn’t carrying it. Looks like Swift wins, although it is worth a listen, frankly. But I get her point.

Here’s a screen shot from Buzz Angle aka Alpha Data with the figures. Ignore the release date, which was last Thursday. June 26, 2008 was when it was recorded. BTW, Universal put up YouTube holders for all 8 songs and yielded about 6,000 views total.


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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