Taylor Swift returns to streaming as rival Katy Perry releases album
NEW YORK – Taylor Swift got back together with Spotify on Friday, returning her music to streaming services almost three years after complaining publicly they did not pay artists enough, and on the same day rival Katy Perry released a new album.
Swift, one of the world’s best-selling pop stars, also made her music available on Pandora, Amazon.com and Tidal streaming services, her management team said. Her catalog had previously only been available on Apple Inc’s Music service.
The pop star’s management said the latest decision to return to all streaming services was taken to celebrate her album “1989” selling over 10 million copies worldwide.
The announcement by Swift may ramp up rivalry with Perry, 32, who released her new album’s first single, “Swish Swish,” last month. She told talk show host Jimmy Fallon the song was “a great anthem for people to use whenever somebody’s trying to hold you down or bully you.”
Swift’s 2014 single “Bad Blood” has been seen as directed at Perry, and the “Firework” singer admitted recently that the two were not friends.
“That’s true, there is a situation. Honestly, it’s really like she (Swift) started it and it’s time for her to finish it,” Perry told talk show host James Corden in May. She said the feud stemmed from a disagreement over backup dancers. –Reuters