Ever since Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday in December, she and Jay Z have been working on a music project together. Now, three months later, they’ve finally revealed their highly-anticipated collaboration!
We knew that Taylor Swift and Jay Z had a secret joint project in the works, but we had no idea that their musical collaboration would be released this quickly! We’re certainly not complaining, and we’re definitely impressed with what they’ve created.
Taylor Swift Albums: Stream On Jay Z’s TIDAL — Their Music Collaboration Revealed
Taylor and Jay Z didn’t record a song together. Instead, all of Taylor’s albums (except for 1989) will now be available on Jay Z’s new streaming service, TIDAL, according to Complex. But they’re also available on any paid streaming site, including Beats.
Late last year, Taylor removed her albums from Spotify, when they wouldn’t agree to make her music available only to their paid
subscribers. The move was well-publicized and she talked to Time in further detail about the situation:
“I think there should be an inherent value placed on art. I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things. They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales.
“With Beats Music and Rhapsody you have to pay for a premium package in order to access my albums. And that places a perception of value on what I’ve created. On Spotify, they don’t have any settings, or any kind of qualifications for who gets what music. I think that people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.”
Hey, girl just wants to get what she’s owed — i.e. money for all the hard work she put into her music. So while you won’t find any Taylor albums on Spotify, you can now stream her albums Red, Speak Now, Fearless, and Taylor Swift here courtesy of Jay Z himself.
This certainly isn’t the collaboration we expected, but we do think it’s pretty cool that Taylor found a new outlet to bring her music to fans. It probably doesn’t hurt that Jay Z is running things, either.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you satisfied with Taylor and Jay Z’s collaboration or were you hoping for more? Tell us how you feel!
— Chris Rogers