About Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is a music super star. Swift moved to Nashville when she was just 14 years to pursue a career in country music. She released her debut album in 2006 after signing with Big Machine Records. Her single 'Our Song' from her debut album reached to number one on the country charts that year. Swift is known for writing songs on personal experience and that talent has gained her honors from both the Nashville Songwriters Association and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2014, Swift made the transition from country to pop music genre. Her fifth album (pop genre) entitled 1989 was released in 2014. CapitalCityTickets.com is the number one place to buy Taylor Swift concert tickets. Find yours today!
Taylor Swift Discography
Taylor Swift (2006)
Speak Now (2010)
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Taylor Swift has Apple changing its tune.
Hours after the pop superstar criticized the giant tech company in an open letter posted online, Apple announced Sunday that it will pay royalties to artists and record labels for music played during a free, three-month trial of its new streaming music service.
“When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor’s note that she had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change,” said Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue in an interview with The Associated Press.
Apple had already agreed to share revenue from paid subscriptions to the new Apple Music service, which will cost $10 a month. But Swift said she would withhold her latest album from the service because Apple wasn’t planning to pay artists and labels directly for the use of their music during the free, introductory period.
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” Swift wrote in an open letter posted Sunday on her Tumblr page, under the heading “To Apple, Love Taylor. ”
Apple has maintained that it negotiated revenue-sharing at rates that are slightly higher than the industry standard, to compensate for the three months that it plans to offer its streaming service without charge.
“We had factored that in,” Cue said Sunday. But he added, “We had been hearing from artists that this was going to be rough on them, so we are making this change.”
Cue declined to say how much Apple will pay in royalties for streaming during the free trial period. He said Apple will share 71.5 percent of its revenue from paid subscriptions within the United States and 73 percent from subscriptions outside the country, while other streaming services generally share about 70 percent.
Some artists and independent labels had worried they would miss out on opportunities to get a financial return from new music that is released during the three-month trial. Swift said she spoke out on their behalf.
Swift wasn’t immediately available for comment on Apple’s change of heart. But she posted a reaction on Twitter late Sunday, saying “I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.”
Cue wouldn’t comment on whether she will now make her album “1989” available on Apple Music. But he said he spoke with Swift personally on Sunday. “She was very pleased to see that we would give her a call right away and have a discussion,” he said.
Since Apple began selling digital music through its iTunes store in 2001, he added, “We’ve always loved music and have strived to make sure that artists are getting paid for their work.”
Swift had written in her letter that she found Apple’s original stance to be “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
While praising Apple for developing a paid music service that will compensate artists, she added, “We know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period.”
The singer and songwriter has been outspoken on the issue of compensating musicians for streaming music. Last year, Swift pulled her catalog of recordings from Spotify after complaining about its use of her music on the free, ad-supported version of its service.
– Associated Press
Add former Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan to the list of fans who just can’t shake off Taylor Swift.
Swift will fill in the blank space on Kanaan’s car this weekend at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix as part of a promotion with her label, Big Machine Records. Kanaan will drive the No. 10 Taylor Swift Chevrolet in conjunction with her Saturday night performance in Detroit.
Swift, a seven-time Grammy winner, kicked off her The 1989 World Tour earlier this month.
Kanaan, in his second season with Chip Ganassi Racing, is still searching for his first win of the year. He crashed out of the Indy 500 on Sunday.
Big Machine is the official entertainment partner of Chip Ganassi Racing, and it used a Swift paint scheme on the No. 42 Sprint Cup car in NASCAR to promote another one of her albums. The label is also using a Rascal Flatts scheme on the rear wing of rookie Sage Karam’s car this weekend in Detroit.
– Associated Press
The iHeartRadio Music Awards were all about Taylor Swift Sunday night. Swift took home Artist of the Year, Song of the Year with “Shake It Off”, and Best Lyrics with her song “Blank Space”.
She even found time to play acoustic guitar for Madonna while she sang her new hit “Ghost Town”.
Taylor Swift sets out on her 1989 Tour starting May 20th in Louisiana. Tickets are on sale now.
Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Brooks and Dunn are slated to receive the Milestone Award, which recognizes their achievements in their individual ACM Awards categories.
The trophy itself is crafted in sterling silver and white gold, featuring black diamonds. It was designed by jeweler David Yurman.
The Milestone Awards will be presented during the live broadcast of the 2015 ACM Awards, which are set to air from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 19 on CBS.
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It seems as though the transition to pop music from country is paying off for the “Shake It Off” singer. After just 19 weeks, her current album ‘1989’ has outsold her previous two albums.
‘1989’ was the top selling album in 2014 and could be in 2015. The album has sold more copies than ‘Red’ and ‘Speak Now’.
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