Taylor Swift’s latest album “1989” will be on Apple Music when the subscription service launches next week. Swift said on Twitter Thursday that she agreed to let Apple distribute the album after the company changed course on royalty payments for the service’s three-month free trial:
Apple initially didn’t plan to pay rights holders for the use of their music during the free trial period, a decision that was widely criticized by independent labels and musicians. This past weekend, Swift joined the chorus of critics, announcing that she was going to withhold “1989” from Apple Music.
Apple reacted by changing course in a very public way, with executive Eddy Cue taking to Twitter to announce that the company would pay for the use of music even during those first three months. This helped the company to strike 11th-hour deals with thousands of independent labels and their trade organizations — and now Swift as well.
“1989” is currently not available on any other paid streaming service — Swift decided to pull her entire catalog from Spotify to make a point against the company’s ad-supported streaming tier. However, she said Thursday that Apple didn’t buy exclusive rights to the album.