Last summer, Taylor Swift made the decision to pull all of her music from Spotify, the music streaming website that allows users to stream songs and albums for free. The website has advertisements between songs, as well as a premium paid service which removes the advertisements and provides revenue. Spotify pays artists who allow their music to be hosted on the site a fee every time someone streams one of their songs. Swift’s decision was not well received by fans, many of whom noted that Swift’s removal from Spotify would just encourage people to illegally download her music since she removed a legal, free way to listen.
Adam Levine, best known for his own music work as well as his spot as a judge on The Voice, came out as one of Swift’s critics for her decision. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Levine noted that he believes “music is for everyone. I don’t care how anybody obtains it as long as they get it and enjoy and love it” and that as long as people are “supporting the artist in some way,” they should be allow to listen to music however they like.
Was Levine’s decision to criticize Swift for her Spotify removal the right one? Or is he being too harsh?
On one hand, Levine’s sentiment is in line with the sentiments of many Swift fans and music lovers—music should be enjoyed, and Swift was being paid every time one of her songs was being listened to; removing a legal venue where fans could support Swift with every click may not have been the right choice, especially considering how many fans buy expensive concert tickets, physical copies of CDs, and official “Taylor Swift” merchandise to support their favorite singer.
On the other hand, however, it is ultimately up to Taylor Swift to decide what to do with her own music. Spotify’s contracts are notorious for only paying musicians a miniscule amount of money per click, and Swift may have decided that hosting the music on Spotify was ultimately not good for her finances or her music.
Levine’s criticisms are understandable, but so is Taylor Swift’s personal decision. In the end, it is Swift’s music—if she finds that the Spotify decision has negative ramifications, she may very well reverse her decision and allow her music to be streamed once again on the website. Click here to find other television and web entertainment opportunities.Tags: Adam Levine, Free Music, Spotify, Taylor Swift