Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ will be on Apple Music, says it ‘felt right’ to make deal with Apple

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Taylor Swift says she will offer her latest and most popular album, 1989, to Apple Music, after the company agreed to pay artists during its three-month free trial period.


In a series of tweets, Taylor Swift announced that the deal is not “some exclusive…like you’ve seen Apple do with other artists,” but “simply the first time it’s felt right in my gut to stream my album.”

She goes on to thank Apple for its “change of heart” in agreeing to pay artists during the free trial period. As reported in the New York Times this week, Apple will pay the music rights owners a relatively small sum — around $0.002, or 0.2 cents, per stream — during the period, which won’t turn even the most popular albums into moneymakers. Music publishers will get an even smaller bite of that apple.

When Apple Music arrives on June 30th, it is will launch in the United States and over 100 other countries, including Canada. It’s unclear how much the Canadian version will cost; Apple charges $9.99 per month for Apple Music in the U.S.