Taylor Swift is $400,000 richer this week. Taylor Swift songs on Spotify gave her a lot more money in her bank account, and her albums are back on the charts. Swift’s songs were streamed 47.5 million times in North America alone in its first week back on streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, and Pandora.
According to Billboard, citing Nielson Music data, this is over a 500 percent increase from the 7.3 million streams her songs generated on Apple Music a week earlier. Swift’s music earned $44,000 in streaming revenue and $9,000 in publishing royalties the week before the June 9 release on other streaming services.
A week after, she snagged a whopping $285,000 in streaming and $59,000 in royalties. Based on these numbers, Billboard estimates Swift made around $397,000 from the massive surge.
Taylor Swift Songs on Spotify and Other Streaming Services
In November 2014, the Bad Blood singer decided to remove her catalog from Spotify. Her record label, Big Machine, wrote in a blog post at the time, “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want … Artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy.”
Before the June 9 release of Taylor Swift songs on Spotify, fans could stream her songs by subscribing to Apple Music. But now, she has put her entire catalog back on other streaming apps. What made Swift decide to bring her LPs back on other streaming services?
Fans started streaming Taylor Swift songs on Spotify earlier this month. The pop superstar released her catalog on other streaming services at the same time Katy Perry dropped her new album, Witness. It is unclear whether it was intentional or not. The two are known to be having a feud.
According to Swift’s website and management’s official Instagram account, Taylor Nation, the Shake It Off singer decided to re-release her entire catalog online in celebration of her 1989 album selling over 10 million copies worldwide. In addition, the singer is also celebrating the LP hitting the RIAA’s 100 million song certification milestone.
What Taylor Swift Gained in Releasing Her Albums on Spotify
The singer not only became richer by $400,000, but her albums also re-appeared on the charts. With her music back on streaming services, the Billboard Top 200 for the week hosts four out of Swift’s five studio albums.
Her most recent LP, 1989, is back on the top 40 at No. 31. Taylor’s 2012 album Red is at No. 88 on Billboard Top 200, her 2008 album Fearless is at No. 119, and 2010 LP Speak Now is at 133. Swift’s self-titled debut LP is not on the list. The number one position is occupied by Perry’s Witness.