Newswire: Machiavellian mastermind Taylor Swift is bringing her music back to streaming services
After years of condemning most of the major streaming services—especially Spotify—for paying her fractions of a penny per play of her mind-bogglingly popular songs, Taylor Swift executed an abrupt about face today, shaking off the bad blood and allowing her music back into streaming libraries. (Other than Apple Music, anyway, which has had access to 1989 now for a couple of years.)
Why has Swift made the change? Officially, it’s to commemorate her latest RIAA milestones, which show that she’s now sold 10 million albums and been credited with 100 million songs played. But fans of high-profile music feuding have noticed that the return of Swift’s music—at midnight tonight—will also coincide with another major music release: the arrival of Katy Perry’s latest album, Witness.
So: did Swift just make a major business decision solely to show up her rival, who she’s …