Taylor Swift to stream 1989 on Apple Music

The 'Bad Blood' singer will put her album on the service after a policy change

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Taylor Swift and Apple Music are officially new BFFs after their dispute about artist payment was resolved.

The "Bad Blood" singer protested against the music streaming service's failure to pay musicians during its three month free trial period and successfully urged them to change their royalties policy earlier this week.

"Three months is a long time to go unpaid and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing," she wrote. "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for free."

Swift's latest hit album, 1989, is not currently available on any streaming services but she has agreed to place it with Apple Music after they listened to her concerns.

The 25-year-old posted a string of messages on Twitter explaining her decision and insisting that it is not "some exclusive deal like you've seen Apple do with other artists".

Apple Music launches on 30 June and will cost £6.30 a month for one person and £9.50 for families. The company insists that 73 per cent of its music subscription revenue will go to owners of the music.

Streaming rival Spotify has come under heavy fire from artists of late, with Swift pulling her entire catalogue earlier this year.


"I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music," she said, prompting Spotify to post a "we love you" playlist in an effort to win her back.

Spotify claims that nearly 70 per cent of its revenue goes back to the music community.