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Taylor Swift Pulls Entire Catalog From Spotify

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Taylor Swift has never been the most enthusiastic supporter of free music — earlier this year, she wrote: “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.” Her position turned more extreme Monday morning when, one week after releasing her new album 1989, Swift’s label Big Machine Music abruptly yanked her entire catalog from Spotify.

Taylor Swift performing at CBS Radio's We Can Survive concert in Los Angeles, California on October 24th, 2014. - Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty

A music-industry source says Big Machine made the decision last week without negotiating with Spotify, which offers a free desktop service and allows users to pay $5 or $10 a month to eliminate ads. The source suggests the label’s potential sale has prompted founder Scott Borchetta to try to get “a pop on their sales” in order to maximize the company’s value. “It came completely out of the blue,” the source says. According to Billboard, 1989 is on track to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week.But the source disagrees with Borchetta’s logic: “There are reasons why you can sell 1 million units, but it’s got nothing to do with not providing that album to Spotify. Every 15-year-old knows where to get that record, and it’s not iTunes.”RELATED: Little Bit of Country Singer, Taylor Swift goes a Lil Bit of Pop Sugar..? – VIDEOOn Monday, Spotify issued a statement about Swift’s decision, writing, “We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.

“We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.”

The streaming service included two custom-designed playlists, including one that, when all the song’s titles are laid out back-to-back, say, “Hey Taylor, we wanted to play your amazing love songs and they’re not here right now. We want you back with us, and so do do do your fans.”

Music sales have been dropping all year, as the record industry navigates a shift from selling downloads to offering music catalogs via streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube and Beats Music. Album sales are down 14 percent, according to Nielsen

Soundscan, and track sales are down 13 percent, but paid subscriptions jumped 57 percent last year, the Recording Industry Association of America reported.

Some artists, including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, have complained vehemently about Spotify’s business model, insisting they receive low royalty payments while fans get the music for free, but Spotify reps have insisted the money gets better as more users sign up to the service and pay for premium subscriptions.

Actress Imani Hakim Discuss The Gabby Douglas Story [@anakih1]

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 31st, 2014 - in Entertainment News, Media Partner, Movies, Sports News, TV

Actress Imani Hakim recently chatted with our media partner, about her latest role as Gabby Douglas in the Lifetime TV Network film The Gabby Douglas Story as well as personal struggles while on the road to becoming a force to be considered in Hollywood. The Gabby Douglas Story premieres on Lifetime Saturday February 1,, 2014.

Imani is best known for her role as Tonya Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, to star as Gabby Douglas in the Lifetime Original Movie The Gabby Douglas Story, produced by Sony Pictures Television. The movie details the inspiring true story of the international gymnastics phenomenon, who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African American ever to be named Individual All-round Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympics.

Hakim will play Gabby Douglas, as a teenager and young adult.

The cast also includes Sydney Mikayla who will portray Douglas during her childhood, Peabody Award-winning actress Regina King as her mother and Golden Globe and Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson as her grandmother.

The Gabby Douglas Story premieres on Lifetime in February 01, 2014. Check local listings for other dates and times.

The movie kicks off Lifetime’s celebration of Black History Month.

To celebrate the premiere of The Gabby Douglas Story, Lifetime is launching a contest and inviting schools across the country to take the Gabby Douglas Raise the Bar Pledge.  Schools may enter for a chance to win $10,000 by encouraging their students to submit pledges to raise the bar in their own lives.  For the Official Rules, please visit
The Gabby Douglas Story is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Braun Entertainment.  Zev Braun and Philip Krupp (A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story) serve as executive producers, with David Rosemont (Bonnie & Clyde) producing.  Gregg Champion (The Cowboy Way, Amish Grace) directs from a script written by Maria Nation (The Two Mr. Kissels).

News Source: DatzHott