I should be using this time to do something more productive, like mow my driveway or wash my roof. Instead, I’m caught reading an article as to why Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify.
Let’s get two things straight.
1) I do not use Spotify, so I really don’t give much of a fuck who they play.
2) I don’t listen to Taylor Swift, so I really don’t give much of a fuck where her music is played.
A friend of mine posted that story I just linked to on Facebook and said, “And look there someone finally said it out loud!!!”
Well, actually people have been saying it for quite a while. Jimmy Buffett recently went up against the founder of Spotify and told him he needs to pay out more money to the artists he plays. I wrote an article about it.
Like I said in that article, the labels are the ones who get all the money. If Taylor has an issue with how much Spotify pays, she should take it up with her label, Big Machine.
From the Jimmy Buffett attack on Spotify, there’s this:
“Do you see any time in the future where we might see a raise directly from you as opposed to going through the bullshit you have to go through to deal with a label these days?” he said. “How the stream of revenue gets to the artist, particularly young struggling artists, it’s really hard for that to actually happen in real life if you’re a young artist. So I’d hope that all the music service groups would kind of look at that. It’s one thing when it goes to the record label. Most of it doesn’t get to the artist, which would be nice.”
Did you read it? His first comment there is, “Do you see any time in the future where we might see a raise directly from you as opposed to going through the bullshit you have to go through to deal with a label these days?” And then the entire rest of the comment is all about that exact thing. “It’s one thing when it goes to the record label. Most of it doesn’t get to the artist, which would be nice.”
Explain to me how that’s Spotify’s fault.
- An artist wants to become rich and famous.
- They sign with a label promising them fame and fortune.
- The label then owns all of the music that artist makes because the artists signed the contract without reading it first or fighting for their own rights.
- The label, as the owner, can do what they want with that music. Period.
- A company like Spotify comes along and wants to play the music by the artist.
- The label, as the owner, says it’s cool, but they need X-amount of money for each play.
- Spotify says that’s cool and a deal is done.
- Spotify pays the label X-amount of money each time a song from the artist is played.
- The label takes a tiny little portion of that money and gives it to the artist.
Yeah, I see how that’s all Spotify’s fault.
Back to Taylor’s dumb ass, go back to that article and read the comments. I’m not the only one who thinks she’s a fucking idiot. And a lot of those people are saying the same things I’m saying. You either know how the music business works and see how she’s an idiot, or you don’t know how the music business works and you’re all for what she said.
Here’s something Taylor said:
“I felt like I was saying to my fans, ‘If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it.’”
So never mind Spotify, what about THE FUCKING RADIO? Or even Youtube? I don’t know about Youtube, but I do know radio stations buy licenses for extremely large amounts of money. Those licenses make it possible for them to play music on their stations. That money goes to the labels, who then distribute that money to their artists. Sound familiar? Yeah, the practice has been going on since radio became a thing. That’s why they run commercials. So that they can pay those gigantic licensing fees so that they constantly have music to play on their station.
Without radio for, oh I don’t know, say the last hundred fucking years, how many artists do you think would have been as big as they were? How many artists do you think would have even existed? The radio is where artists make it.
So, Taylor is all about pulling her music from Spotify because music shouldn’t be free to listen to, but leaving it on the radio and on Youtube where music is free to listen to. How blonde is she?
I guess I just ripped a corner off of her painting and kept it.