Spotify has become one of the most ubiquitous and successful online music streaming services by providing access to a huge collection of music by almost every artist you can think of for free (with ads) or for just $10 a month (for the ad-free service). Music streaming has changed the landscape of the music industry in the last year, giving consumers even further reason to not purchase the music they listen to, which as pushed album sales to plummet to all-time lows. Spotify in particular, has been called out for paying artists very little even though the company claims to give back much of its revenue to musicians.
Obviously this doesn’t make some famous musicians very happy, and in return for what they believe are Spotify’s manipulative practices, these musicians refuse to allow the service access to their music. Here’s a list of some of the highest-profile artists whose music is not available on Spotify.
1. Taylor Swift
Swift’s 2014 album 1989, stunned the music industry with its album sales. The album isn’t available on Spotify, though, and shortly after its release, Swift’s label pulled her entire catalog from the streaming service. Swift has been vocal about her belief that music is something that should be paid for, a prospect that with Spotify is pretty dubious at best.
The streaming service released a statement asking for Swift to return, but she’s remained adamant that she won’t be allowing her music to return to the service. “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. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free,” Swift said of the decision in an interview with Yahoo.