After it was revealed Monday that Swift’s entire catalog of music was pulled from the streaming service, Swift defended the decision Thursday.
“All I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment,” Swift said in an interview with Yahoo! Music. “And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music.”
The decision may have paid off, as “1989” became her third consecutive album to cross 1 million sales in its first week, making her the first artist in history to achieve the feat. Addressing reports that initially projected her opening sales much lower, Swift said her goal was to make something people still wanted to pay for even in a shifting economic landscape for the music industry.
“I hoped that I had created something that people would want to buy, but I didn’t know what’s been happening in people’s minds… I just was hoping and praying that people still perceived there to be a value to someone’s musical creation,” she said.