Singer has previously removed all music from Tidal's rival Spotify
Although the singer’s latest album ‘1989’ does not appear to be playable on the site (despite it being listed), the rest of Swift’s albums are currently available to stream.
Last November, Swift opted to pull her entire catalogue from Tidal’s rival Spotify, explaining that she was “not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music”.
She added: “I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it’s important to be a part of progress. But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word ‘music’ out of the music industry. Also, a lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with ‘Shake It Off’ and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, ‘I will try this; I’ll see how it feels.’ It didn’t feel right to me.
“I felt like I was saying to my fans, ‘If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it,” she continued. “I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”
It was Spotify that broke the news in a blog post entitled “On Taylor Swift’s Decision To Remove Her Music from Spotify”.
“We hope [Swift] will change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone,” the company wrote. “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.”
Since then, Swift’s albums, except for ‘1989’, have all remained on streaming services that require a monthly fee, such as Deezer.
Jay Z’s only purchased Tidal earlier this month, paying $56 million for the company.