It was announced on Thursday that Taylor Swift would re-release her catalogue of music on Spotify, three years after boycotting the music sharing service.
While fans rejoiced at the news, others were quick to spot the 26-year-old songstress’ choice to release her music from midnight on 9th June coincided with the release of her long-time nemesis Katy Perry’s fifth album, Witness.
Swarming Twitter, critics and fans weighed in on the scenario with many blasting Taylor for being ‘petty and immature’ while others lauded the move – made shortly after Katy insisted the songstress was trying to ‘assassinate her character’.
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Inspired: It was announced on Thursday that Taylor Swift would re-release her catalogue of music on Spotify, three years after boycotting the music sharing service
On Thursday, June 8th Taylor Swift’s management announced via Twitter that she was releasing her entire back catalogue of songs to all streaming services at midnight, having previously launched a smear campaign against the service.
The move appeared to be considered contrived by many due to the high-profile release scheduled for the slot, for Katy’s album Witness was first announced nearly a year ago before running a promotional collaboration with Spotify in February.
Fans of Taylor and Katy, know as Swiftys and KatyCats respectively, were quick to comment on the shock move as Twitter was immediately inundated with stunned reactions from fans – both positive and negative.
The sceptics of the row, penned: ‘I aspire to be the same level of petty taylor swift is rereleasing her music on spotify the day witness is released… Taylor Swift would put her music back on Spotify the day Katy Perry releases music…
‘Taylor Swift: I hate Spotify. I hate Spotify. Katy Perry: * releases new music*, TS: I love Spotify. I love Spotify, Lol @ celebrities… I find it a little funny that taylor swift comes back on spotify around the same time katy perry releases her new album…
‘Taylor Swift said she hates Spotify. Now her musics on Spotify.. coincidentally the same day as Katy Perry drop Witness ALL TEA ALL SHADE…
‘And the winner of the @katyperry vs @taylorswift13 battle is… Spotify… I guess We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together wasn’t about Taylor Swift’s breakup with Spotify….’
‘Seeing @taylorswift13 back on Spotify the day @katyperry’s new album comes out is the most immature thing you can do as an ADULT #growup… so taylor swift is back on spotify just when katy perry releases her new album… hmm’.
The positive messages were also coming in thick and fast however: ‘Taylor Swift is back on Spotify and I am alive…I can finally dance around the kitchen in the refrigerator light with @taylorswift13 again through Spotify… #
‘YAAS Taylor Swift is on Spotify now YAAAS… Taylor Swift thank you so much for your spotify @taylorswift13… I SOMEHOW JUST BECAME A SWIFTY BECAUSE TAYLOR IS SO PETTY. @Spotify @taylorswift13 @katyperry…
Trouble brewing? On Thursday, June 8th Taylor Swift’s (left) management team announced via Twitter that the songstress was going to release her entire back catalog of songs to all streaming services at midnight. Katy Perry’s new album is scheduled for release at the same time
‘today is just a good day @taylorswift13 THANKS FOR ADDING YA MUSIC ON SPOTIFY… Not a fan but i’m sooooo happy that Taylor Swift is back on Spotify!… getting back on Spotify when Katy Perry releases a new album is so petty. And f**ing genius. that is why I love Taylor Swift.(sic)’
Once again weighing in on the famous row, Katy recently remained insistent that her old friend should be first to apologise, and believes she was wrong to document their fallout so publicly.
She told NME: ‘I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls [her fans]. That’s so messed up!’
In her announcement on Thursday afternoon, Taylor’s team tweeted out a red-tinted image of Taylor along with the caption ‘In celebration of selling over 10 million albums worldwide and the RIAA’s 100 million song certification announcement, Taylor wants to thank her fans by making her entire back catalog available to all streaming services tonight at midnight.’
Her idea? Fans of both stars will no doubt start reading into the timing as the latest barb in a bitter, ongoing feud between the two pop princesses
Taylor’s initial withdrawal from the streaming service came in 2014 when the star, then one of Spotify’s most streamed artists, refused to release her 2012 album Red on Spotify, critising the fact that artists receive just $0.006 and $0.0084 per song.
Penning a piece for the Wall Street Journal, she wrote: ‘Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable.
‘Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.’
Katy has compounded the ongoing feud withTaylor, weeks after calling on the singer to settle a fallout sparked by an unlikely row over three backing dancers.
The pair have been embroiled in a bitter five-year dispute following claims Katy encouraged three dancers to withdraw from Swift’s 2012 Red world tour and join her on the road.
Hitting out: Katy Perry has compounded her ongoing feud with Taylor Swift, days after calling on the singer to settle a fallout sparked by an unlikely row over three backing dancers
The episode is understood to be the inspiration behind one of Swift’s biggest hits – the anthemic US number one single Bad Blood.
Swift co-wrote Bad Blood – a stand-out track from her hugely successful studio album 1989 – with Max Martin, one of Perry’s long-term collaborators.
However despite his involvement, she holds no ill will against her songwriting partner – who helped pen tracks including I Kissed A Girl, Teenage Dream, California Gurls and Roar.
‘I can’t speak for [Max], but he didn’t know,’ she said. ‘I’m not supposed to tell him what he can and can’t do.
Ongoing feud: Perry, 30, has been embroiled in a bitter five-year dispute with the 27-year old following claims she encouraged the three dancers to withdraw from Swift’s 2012 Red world tour and join her on the road
‘I’m very fair; I’m super-duper fair and I’m not one of those people who’s like, “You can’t do that because I don’t like that person.” Just, like, you do you, make your own choices… I’m not his mother.’
Perry is thought to have retaliated with new single Swish Swish, which is also reportedly about their battle.
Speaking about her new single in relation to the fallout, she told James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: ‘That’s true, there is a situation. Honestly, it’s really like she started it and it’s time for her to finish it.’
Perry claims she ‘tried to talk’ to the blonde beauty about the feud some time ago, but to no avail.
She added: ‘She wouldn’t speak to me. I do the right thing anytime that it feels like a fumble. It was a full shut-down and then she writes a song about me and I’m like “OK, cool, cool, cool. That’s how you wanna deal with it?”
Opening up: Speaking about her new single in relation to the fallout, she told James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, ‘That’s true, there is a situation. Honestly, it’s really like she started it and it’s time for her to finish it’
‘But, what I wanna say is that I’m ready for that B.S. to be done. Now, there is the law of cause and effect. You do something and there’s going to be a reaction. And trust me daddy, there’s going to be a reaction. It’s all about karma.’
According to TMZ, three of Swift’s dancers jumped ship to Perry’s tour, leaving the Red singer feeling ‘betrayed’ because she was very close to them.
However, the dancers reportedly had asked for a 30-day out clause when they signed up for Swift’s tour because they were waiting for Perry – who they had worked with on her previous Teenage Dream extravaganza – to go back on the road.
When they told the blonde upfront, she allegedly fired them ‘on the spot’.
According to the website, Swift, who is famed for penning tracks about her ex-boyfriends and enemies, has held a grudge ever since.