Just shake it off, Taylor Swift fans. According to a blog post from the music streaming service Spotify, Swift removed all her music after the release of her new album, 1989.
"We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone," the post reads. "We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy."
But Swift removed her music from Spotify because the singer believes that all artists should be compensated for their work as more people illegal download music and stop buying albums.
"Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently," Swift wrote earlier this year. "It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is. I hope they don't underestimate themselves or undervalue their art."
Swift did not allow her 2012 album Red to be featured either when it first debuted, but Spotify users were previously able to hear other songs from the artist. But now Taylor Swift has removed all of her music. Red sold 1.21 million copies in its first week.
Spotify says that 16 million of its users have played Swift's music in the last 30 days alone, and the singer appeared on 19 million playlists.
"Taylor Swift has nearly 2 million active followers on [Spotify] who will be disappointed by this decision," a spokesperson for the music streaming service added.
While Spotify now knows what it feels like to be on the other side of a famous Taylor Swift breakup, the service created a playlist to mourn the loss called "What to Play While Taylor's Away." The playlist includes songs from Swift's ex-boyfriend Harry Styles' and other related artists like Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry. The only song left from the 24-year-old sensation is "Safe & Sound" from The Hunger Games soundtrack.
"P.S. Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there's more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It's a love story, baby, just say, Yes," Spotify says.
The music streaming service also took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Swift's songs. Check out Twitterverse reactions to the breakup below.
— Spotify (@Spotify) November 3, 2014
We were young when we first saw you but now there’s 40MM who say stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story baby #justsayyes pic.twitter.com/n6tHkG8GCq — Spotify (@Spotify) November 3, 2014
Hey @taylorswift13 the haters gonna hate, hate, hate but 40 million+ Spotifiers gonna play, play, play. Don’t let them down for too long. xo
— jonathan prince (@jonathanmprince) October 30, 2014
.@bwerde @Spotify We pay 70% of revenue to artists & rightsholders. A billion from launch to last year; already paid another billion since! — jonathan prince (@jonathanmprince) November 3, 2014
— Hayley Thompson (@hay_eve) November 3, 2014
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