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Taylor Swift’s jilted ex—Spotify—is making her creepy playlists

You gotta shake it off somewhere else now.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Nov 3, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 7:03 am CDT

There’s at least one place on the Internet you can’t shake it off to Taylor Swift anymore.

Music lovers initially noticed that they couldn’t stream 1989 on Spotify after it was released last week, but now they can no longer listen to any of Swift’s albums on Spotify. A Spotify spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that she has removed all of her older albums from the service.

Swift, who held out releasing Red to Spotify in 2012 but later changed her mind, wrote about the future of the music industry in July and hoped that artists did not “underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” Last year, Spotify revealed that artists earn $0.007 per stream, which is far less than Swift would earn on a service like iTunes.

Spotify, for its part, is trying to win Swift back. First, the streaming service tried to guilt her by revealing that more than 16 million people listened to her music in the past month on more 19 million playlists—millions who will no longer be able to listen to her music.

“We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone,” the Spotify team said. “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. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.”

Spotify then did what any heartbroken streaming service did: It made a couple of slightly creepy playlists especially for her: “Come back, Taylor!” and “What To Play When Taylor Is Away.”

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

— Spotify (@Spotify) November 3, 2014

1989 doesn’t appear to be available on streaming services yet, but you can still listen to her earlier albums on rival streaming service Rdio.

Time to switch to Rdio everyone.

— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) November 3, 2014

Swift, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to be hurting for streams and is set to have the biggest sales week since 2002, with more than 1.3 million copies of 1989 sold. Haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate.

Photo via Jana Zills/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Nov 3, 2014, 3:08 pm CST