Representatives for Taylor Swift have denied Billy Bragg‘s recent claim that the real reason the pop singer recently pulled her entire back catalogue from Spotify is because she signed an exclusive deal with Google to help the company launch their own streaming service.
However, a statement released by Swift’s spokesperson to NME reveals that Swift has not joined forces with the new initiative. It reads: “Taylor Swift has had absolutely no discussion or agreement of any kind with Google’s new music streaming service.”
This follows Billy Bragg‘s claim in a Facebook post, saying that the singer would be working with Google and YouTube’s new service. Describing YouTube as “the greatest threat to any commercially based streaming service”, Bragg said Swift should “Just be honest with her fans and say ‘sorry, but Sergey Brin gave me a huge amount of money to be the headline name on the marquee for the launch of YouTube Music Key and so I’ve sold my soul to Google'”. He added that “she should be removing her material from YouTube, not cosying up to it.”
YouTube’s Music Key is Google’s paid for streaming service and is expected to launch today (November 18). As yet, no artists have publicly aligned themselves to the service.
Swift withheld her latest album, ‘1989’, from Spotify when it was released earlier this month and then subsequently decided to remove all of her previous releases from the streaming service.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently stated that Swift is missing out on a potential £3.7m through her stance.