All items tagged with "Taylor Swift"

Photographers add Foo Fighters to their Taylor Swift contract battle

The Foo Fighters will perform at RFK Stadium and one news outlit is boycotting over its photo agreement.

The Foo Fighters will perform at RFK Stadium and one news outlit is boycotting over its photo agreement.

Taylor Swift’s bold rant against Apple over royalties continues to echo in the ears of photographers.

A quick recap . . . Swift used her Tumblr page to chide Apple for initially not paying musicians during the trial period of the new Apple Music. Then a music photographer in England called her a hypocrite because the contract her people force editorial photographers to sign before shows says Swift has the right to use those photos for free to promote her brand.

Apple backed down, but the good publicity-bad publicity for Swift has photographers and photo editors taking second looks at the contracts of other musical acts.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ wasn’t worth all that Spotify drama

Taylor Swift's '1989' album is finally available for streaming.

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album is finally available for streaming, so I was all ears.

No one has shut up about this album since it came out in October 2014. Taylor Swift’s “1989” sold over a million copies in the first week alone and continues to sell well even today, largely due to the fact that it was previously nowhere to be found on streaming services. That is until Apple Music launched and Swift suddenly had a change of heart.

Still, since everyone I know buzzed about this album and the media certainly buzzed about it given the Spotify melodrama, I had to give it a listen. I didn’t want to buy it because I truly didn’t care that much, but I cared enough to listen if I was already paying for a streaming subscription. Now that I’m officially an Apple Music member, I got to stream “1989” in its entirety while I was cooking my lunch.

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Irish newspaper refuses to give Taylor Swift free publicity photos

An Irish newspaper said no thanks to signing Taylor Swift's photo agreement.

An Irish newspaper said no thanks to signing Taylor Swift’s photo agreement.

One of Ireland’s largest newspapers told readers Tuesday morning not to expect any photos of Taylor Swift performing during her two sold-out concerts in Dublin.

The Irish Times passed on photographing her shows because of a restrictive contract Swift’s people ask shooters to sign. The contract gives the photographer a “one-time-only” use on the photos yet allows Swift unlimited rights to use the images for publicity and promotion.

Such contracts by entertainment figures are nothing new, except Swift famously called out Apple for initially withholding royalties to musicians during the free three-month trial period of the new Apple Music service.

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Swift schools Apple, Macbook’s missing feature, and more on The CultCast

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This week: the cool features in the new iOS 9 and El Capitan betas; Taylor Swift starts a royalty battle with Apple; the ridiculously low payouts artists get from music streaming; the new Macbook’s big missing feature; and the magic of Apple advertising.

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Swift schools Apple, Macbook’s missing feature, and more on The CultCast

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Apple means culture: Taylor Swift, hot new patents, and Siri’s response to 9/11

Taylor powers into Apple like no one else.

Taylor powers into Apple like no one else.

Another week flying by here at Cult of Mac headquarters, and we’ve got a ton of great stories to share with you in the latest issue of Cult of Mac Magazine.

Taylor Swift made waves with her calling out the Cupertino company’s plans to not pay artists for music streamed during upcoming Apple Music free trial period, and we’ve got all the details within. Plus, we take a look at Amazon’s new home hub, the Echo, spend some time trawling the patent office for new Apple gear coming our way, and take a quick tour of the latest iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan betas for developers.

All that and more in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine. Be sure to download and subscribe to check it all out on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Spotify extends free trial facing pressure from Apple Music

Spotify has increased its free trial for users outside the U.S.

Spotify has increased its free trial for users outside the U.S.

Apple Music’s launch is just days away, and Spotify is already running to catch up to the free trial Apple thinks will convince you to become a paying customer.

In an attempt to match Apple’s controversial three-month free trial period, Spotify announced that it will extend its Premium free trials from 30 days to 60 its days, but only if you’re outside the U.S.

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Taylor Swift is bringing ‘1989’ to Apple Music

'1989' is coming to Apple Music

‘1989’ is coming to Apple Music

After waging a war against Apple Music in the name of indie artists, Taylor Swift has finally decided that she will let fans stream her newest album, 1989, on Apple Music when the service launches last week.

Swift announced her decision to make the album available on Twitter this morning, saying it’s the first time she’s felt right in her gut that now is the time to embrace streaming.

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Taylor Swift responds to criticism that she’s as bad as Apple

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift, who made Apple blink this week by criticizing the company for initially denying musicians royalties during the free trial period of its new streaming service, now has her gaze square on the photographer who implied her stance is hypocritical.

Swift, through a spokesperson in England, said music photographer Jason Sheldon misrepresented the contract shooters sign before her concerts, saying it does not force them to sign away the rights to their shots.

Sheldon applauded Swift for her open letter to Apple, but accused her of double standards in his blog, showing a copy of the contract with language that Sheldon and other photographers understand taking away rights to sell performance photos to clients down the road. Sheldon even questioned why the contract would allow Swift to use the signee’s pictures for future promotion without payment to the photographer.

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Pharrell Williams is on Team Taylor in battle vs Apple Music

Pharrell's got Taylor Swift's back

Pharrell’s got Taylor Swift’s back

Pharrell Williams has been Apple’s BFF lately, but when it comes to the battle between Apple and Taylor Swift, Skateboard P is on Team Taytay.

The eleven-time Grammy award winning artist spoke at the Cannes Lions Festival today (where Apple just scooped up a big award), and said that what Taylor did was a great thing for music.

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich ‘feels safe’ with Apple Music

Lars Ulrich by Gage Skidmore

This is the face of safety.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has had some issues with music platforms in the past, but when it comes to Apple Music, he’s completely on board.

The outspoken musician spoke at creativity festival Cannes Lions and declared his complete approval of how Apple is handling its upcoming streaming service.

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