When Taylor Swift talks, people listen. Even people are one of the biggest companies in the world. On Sunday, Swift wrote an open letter to Apple about the reason she won’t allow 1989 to stream on Apple Music when it launches at the end of this month. “I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service,” Taylor wrote on Tumblr. “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
You’re probably thinking, “T. Swift doesn’t need anymore money!” Guess what? She agrees. This isn’t just about her – it’s about that new artist who might get their big break this summer. “This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt,” she continued on the post. “This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field … but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.”
Tons of fans and other artists agreed with Taylor’s stand, and later in the day, Apple took noticed. They announced that they would change the policy and would pay labels for streaming during the free trial period. In an interview with Billboard, Apple’s Eddy Cue confirmed that Taylor’s post helped him change his mind on the issue. “When I woke up this morning and saw what Taylor had written, it really solidified that we needed a change,” he said. “And so that’s why we decided we will now pay artists during the trial period.” Taylor responded with joy on Twitter, along with Calvin Harris, who referred to T-Swift as “my girl” in his post (aw!).
Even though you’re not as famous as T. Swift, you can take a cue from her – even a post on social media might make a difference!