Taylor Swift Convinces Apple To Pay Artists During Streaming Service Trial

What Taylor wants, Taylor gets. Yesterday, we told you about how Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple after learning that the company’s new streaming service would not be paying artists and producers for their work during the three-month trial, calling it “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.” Well, apparently those stern words (and her threat to pull her album 1989 from the service) were all that was needed to change Apple executives’ minds about the policy. Last night, Eddie Cue, a lieutenant who works under CEO Tim Cook, tweeted, “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period,” adding, “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”

Hey, great news! Taylor Swift was all, “Bitch better have my money,” and Apple was like, “Okay girl, whatever you say, please don’t write a mean song about us, we’re sorry.” (Side note: Megan, please don’t kill me for quoting Rihanna in a Taylor Swift post.) While I’m all for artists — especially those without smaller bank accounts than Taylor Swift — getting paid for their work, I can’t help but notice how the reaction to Swift’s demand is quite different from the reaction to Jay Z’s Tidal, the streaming service he started to ensure that artists got paid. Swift is being heralded for standing up for her fellow musicians (most of whom have a really difficult time making a living because the music industry has not figured out how to fairly compensate them in the digital age), while Jay and his Tidal cronies were called “greedy.”

Anyway, now that one battle has been won, it’s time for Taylor to turn her powers of persuasion to more pressing issues. Perhaps she could demand that the government subsidize tampons next? [CNN]