'I Knew You Were Trouble' attributed to band fronted by convicted paedophile Ian Watkins
Swift’s single ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, from 2012 album ‘Red’, reappeared on Spotify last week (December 4) but attributed to Lostprophets, the band fronted by convicted paedophile Ian Watkins.
The song has now been removed from Spotify having been active for three days, and came with artwork depicting Canadian cartoon Scaredy Squirrel and the Lostprophets logo.
A Spotify spokesperson has said the matter is being investigated, and appeared to lay blame on somebody whose job it is to provide the company with fully licensed music.
“The track in question was delivered to us by a provider, whose responsibility it is to ensure that content delivered to Spotify is fully licensed and in compliance with our Infringement Policy,” the spokesperson told The Guardian. “We take the integrity of our catalogue very seriously, and will immediately remove any content that is found to be incorrectly licensed or attributed to the incorrect artist or composer.”
“The track was taken down as soon as it was discovered (three days after it was delivered), and we will be taking the matter further with the provider who delivered this track.”
It has subsequently transpired the Lostprophets-attributed version of Swift’s song has been online since 27 October, when YouTube user Jared Brown uploaded the song. The YouTube page contains links to download the song on iTunes and Amazon, describing it as “the last song they [Lostprophets] ever recorded.”
Lostprophets split in 2013 after Watkins was jailed for 29 years plus six years on extended licence for a string of serious child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a one year old. In 2014, he lost an appeal to reduce his jail sentence after judges ruled that the “shocking depravity” of his crimes justified a lengthy custodial sentence.
Taylor Swift famously removed all of her music from Spotify in November 2014 in a disagreement over royalty rates.