Quincy Jones: ‘Spotify is not the enemy, piracy is the enemy’

Taylor Swift recently made headlines by removing her music from the service

Quincy Jones has defended music-streaming site Spotify following the recent news of Taylor Swift withdrawing her music from 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.

“Music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment,” Swift said of the decision. “And I’m 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. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”

Jones, however, has now come out in support of Spotify, saying that “Spotify is not the enemy; piracy is the enemy”.

He continued on Facebook: “Spotify is paying out 70% of their revenue to musicians and rightsholders. If I had to release ‘Thriller’ today, you can be sure I’d want it on Spotify. The genie is not going back in the bottle friends; let’s work together to find solutions to the music industry’s problems.”

It was revealed earlier this week (November 5) that Swift’s ‘1989’ shifted 1.287 million copies in the US in its first week on sale, making it the fastest-selling album since Eminem’s ‘The Eminem Show’ in 2002 which sold over 1.3m copies. ‘1989’ is the biggest-selling album released in 2014 and the second most popular album of the year so far, behind the Frozen soundtrack (released in November 2013).

Prior to the release of ‘1989’ no album by an artist had reached platinum status in the US in 2014. The album is the 19th to sell over 1 million copies in America since Nielsen SoundScan began taking records in 1991. Two of the previous 18 already belonged to Swift with her 2012 album ‘Red’ and 2010’s ‘Speak Now’.