As annoying as it might be for those wanting to hear the album through existing streaming subscriptions, Swift's approach isn't a bad business decision — or one that's all that surprising. She's been an outspoken advocate on issues of piracy and fair pay. She penned a WSJ op-ed
on the subject shortly after she removed her entire music catalog from Spotify, which has been no stranger to drama over artist compensation
. That year, song rights holders were only paid between $0.006 and $0.0084 per listen. Spotify published a blog post
, "On Taylor Swift’s Decision To Remove Her Music" claiming that 70% of its revenue went back to the music community. Other prominent artists, including Jay-Z
, have also spoken out against Spotify's policies.