Taylor Swift took a stand against Apple this weekend when she wrote an open letter condemning the company for not paying artists during the free three-month trial of Apple Music. It sparked Apple to change its policy, and senior executive Eddy Cue announced that because of her letter, Apple would pay artists during that time.
Now, the Recording Academy is praising Swift for standing up to the tech titan. “We applaud Taylor Swift for taking a lead role in voicing the concerns of songwriters, artists, and producers regarding Apple Music’s launch, and we commend Apple for changing its policy,” President and CEO of the Recording Academy Neil Portnow said in a statement. “Once again, the creator’s voice prevailed – as it should. Taylor has demonstrated that when songwriters, artists and producers band together, they can achieve fairness for the creative community.”
Swift has been outspoken about artists’ rights for years and publicly slammed Spotify last year when she pulled her catalog from the streaming service. “Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things,” she told Time in November. “They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales.”
It should be noted that Calvin Harris also thought Swift, who he called “my girl,” changed the entire music industry. “What a day,” he tweeted. Indeed.