Swifties, Rejoice: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Is Available to Stream!
UPDATE: The wait is over—Reputation is finally available to listen to on streaming services! Check out the album on Spotify, below:
Taylor Swift's Reputation will no longer come at a cost — or, at least, as pretty a penny. The singer's latest studio album will likely be available on American streaming services as soon as midnight (December 1).
The New York Times first reported earlier this month that the LP would probably not be accessible on Spotify, Apple Music and additional outlets upon release, at least for a little while. Because of the magnitude of Swift's star power, the Times insisted she was in a position to dictate the terms of the album's early sales, and drive up Reputation's numbers by making it exclusive to iTunes and physical retailers like Target.
But earlier today (November 30), fans in Australia and the Philippines began to notice that Reputation had finally popped up on Spotify, The Verge first reported. And it looks like Americans will soon have similar access, as the album's singles are available now, while non-singles look like they're poised to drop soon.
Swift first made her catalog available to streaming services in June, as part of what seemed like a potential attack on Katy Perry, whose Witness dropped the same week. Swift had formerly decried streaming services and chalked them up to an unproven gamble for artists — in 2014, she said she was against the trend in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
"Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently," she wrote. "It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art."
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