Taylor Swift wants to make music with Justin Bieber. But only under one condition, Metro.co.uk reports. Selena Gomez has to be ok with it.
Looks like Taylor has been pushing to work with Bieber for quite some time now, but doesn’t want the collaboration to cause a rift between her and Gomez, Bieber’s ex-girlfriend.
“Taylor would never go behind Selena’s back and work with Justin without first getting her blessing,” an insider told the Mirror. “Justin would like to be free of any beefs with people. It would be one less thing to worry about.”
If the collaboration between Swift and Bieber does happen, it’s not likely to be available on any of the popular streaming services anytime soon. Taylor recently penned what almost sounded like a break-up letter to Apple Inc., explaining why she won’t allow their new streaming service to play her latest album, 1989.
Her main beef: Apple isn’t paying artists for the music played during subscribers’ three-month free trial period. Taylor insists that her gripes with Apple aren’t about her, but that she’s standing up for new artists, songwriters, and bands who haven’t made it yet.
“This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success,” Swift wrote on her Tumblr blog. “This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt.”
This isn’t the first time Taylor has spoken out against free streaming. Last year, Swift recently pulled her entire back catalogue from Spotify in a move that was heralded as brave in some corners and shortsighted in others. Her decision was a major blow for Spotify. Taylor was one of their most streamed artists, with about a quarter of their subscriber base streaming her songs.
If Swift and Bieber do eventually collaborate on a song, it will probably only be available for streaming on Tidal, a service owned by rap mogul Jay Z. Some critics say her alliance with Tidal could be hurtful to her brand, since it’s been slammed by the press and the public as representing just another money grab by greedy millionaire artists.
“She didn’t say Spotify devalues all music; she’s complaining that her cut from Spotify isn’t big enough,” wrote Dave Smith for Business Insider. “It’s reminiscent of the recent introduction of Tidal, Jay-Z’s streaming music service, which many people criticized as a poorly-veiled attempt to help rich musicians get even richer. Clearly, money was the biggest factor in Swift’s decision to pull away from Spotify.”
Taylor Swift has enough power in the in the industry to withstand a little negative press — her millions of Swifties aren’t going to abandon her anytime soon.
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