13 comments

  • Tom GantzerTom Gantzer, almost 8 years ago

    "Which brings us back to Taylor Swift. She sold more than 1.2 million copies of 1989 in the US in its first week, and that’s awesome. We hope she sells a lot more because she’s an exceptional artist producing great music."

    I imagine the guy writing this through very gritted teeth.

    6 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 8 years ago

    taylor swift's music is not art and has no value. i said it.

    6 points
  • Samuel MarksSamuel Marks, almost 8 years ago

    I saw this in the comments on the article and thought it was interesting:

    Interesting piece. One question I have always wondered about as a spotify user. Why is it not easy to donate (via the same linked creditcard) additional money directly (and fully) to the artist. I don't see how that would detract from Spotify's business model, yet it would give appreciative fans an easy way to support artists in a hassle free way... (and great PR for spotify to boot) win-win!

    I completely agree with this statement, and now I wonder the same thing: what is preventing Spotify from creating a feature like this?

    Maybe a quick little button to donate a dollar to the artist (using the same payment method as for your subscription, of course). If I liked a song a lot (and donating was easy enough), I'd use the shit out of that button.

    3 points
    • Aleks Dorohovich, almost 8 years ago

      As I remember, you can buy songs on Spotify – so this is like a some form of donation.

      2 points
      • Samuel MarksSamuel Marks, almost 8 years ago

        Ah, I forgot about that. I actually don't know if that's still around. Looking at Spotify, it doesn't look like you can easily do that anymore.

        Regardless, I imagine the process involved going to the iTunes store (a different outlet with potentially different payment information), which would've taken too long for my patience :)

        0 points
    • Sabrina VogeleySabrina Vogeley, almost 8 years ago (edited almost 8 years ago )

      I've also seen direct links to artists' merchandise stores on their artist pages. (You can see an example of it by searching for "Chromeo" on the desktop app; there's an "Offers" section for Chromeo T-shirts underneath their most popular songs.)

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  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 8 years ago

    There is so much creative supply without a matching demand. How do small-time artists expect to make a living in that context? It's not logical.

    The internet made it so anyone can be an artist and market themselves without much effort, that doesn't mean they all deserve a livable wage off of it. There is no minimum wage for artists, you have to get people to want your art. If they aren't going to buy CDs anymore anyway, you can't complain that it is Spotify who is taking money away from you.

    Would all these artists have lucrative record deals without Spotify? I think not.

    Taylor Swift and other artists are the last generation who will make enormous fortunes on music sales alone. There will still be rich music stars and other artists in the future, but they will make money off concerts, merchandising, and their brand. Not sales of their art.

    3 points
  • Emily Campbell, almost 8 years ago (edited almost 8 years ago )

    The only thing relatively unique about Taylor Swift's music is her lyrics. Her songs all follow standard chord patterns (I V iv VI) that have been churned out by pop artists for generations before her. Her storylines are common and predictable. Even many of her melodies are direct rip offs of top-40 hits.

    (Ever compare the chorus to "One Headlight" by the Wallflowers to the chorus of her song "Mine"? Well, I have an 11 year old daughter, so I know I have. NOT too much different)

    I'm so sick of the "wah wah wah" artists whose entire persona and music catalog is the coke-induced vision of one music exec or celebrity producer or another. Cry me a river and go back to writing ballads for 9 year olds while the real artists work. I haven't heard Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jack White, Jimmy Page, or Eddie Van Halen complaining to the WSJ!

    **edit, since I am on a mid-day rant...why doesn't Ms. Swift take the $6 million she would earn this year from keeping her catalog on Spotify, donate it to a charitable cause, and go home to her $12 million apartment where she can text her boyfriends about which cities to play on her international tour that will earn her well over $20 million and allow her to jet around the world to awards shows and other events wearing dresses worth thousands of dollars a piece that she may only wear once because, hey, fashion. Good lord what a disgusting industry.

    2 points
  • Drew ShimomuraDrew Shimomura, almost 8 years ago

    Myth number two: Spotify pays, but it pays so little per play nobody could ever earn a living from it.

    A radio station with 500,000 listeners at one time (and I don't think there are a whole lot of these) would most likely only play top 40 songs. So this example is of a pretty darn successful musician (monetarily), someone who I think it's fair to say, before spotify, would have other ways to monetize their popularity. If the stat they describe basically only benefits the already successful, what they're saying may true, but it's sort of a misdirection. Their example only tells use that someone could earn a living from spotify, but that someone almost assuredly already earns a living with their music.

    0 points