Taylor Swift didn’t hold back when she sat down with Vanity Fair! She’s been making a lot of news lately, between exploding as a pop star to taking on Spotify and Apple and even mending fences with Kanye West. She dished on it all with the magazine.
Here’s Taylor’s cover:
It turns out Jay Z was responsible for Taylor and Kanye making peace.
I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time. I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along.
“Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”
I’m glad those two were able to overcome whatever was going on- okay, overcome Kanye’s disdain ;). Taylor’s professional achievements deserve to be respected, whether or not you’re a fan of her music!
Taylor also made headlines when she pulled her music off of Spotify and wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal about it. She also called Apple out for wanting to stream music for free during customers’ free trial period without paying the artists. Taylor talked about writing her letter to Apple.
I wrote the letter at around 4 a.m. The contracts had just gone out to my friends, and one of them sent me a screenshot of one of them. I read the term ‘zero percent compensation to rights holders.’ Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and I’ll write a song and I can’t sleep until I finish it, and it was like that with the letter.”
Her op-ed piece didn’t get the best reaction, so Taylor was a bit worried about how people would respond to the Apple letter.
[She worried] people would say, ‘Why won’t she shut up about this?’…My fears were that I would be looked at as someone who just whines and rants about this thing that no one else is really ranting about.
“I read it to my mom. She’s always going to be the one. I just said, ‘I’m really scared of this letter, but I had to write it. I might not post it, but I had to say it.'”
She ended up posting the letter on her tumblr, as you probably remember.
Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about. And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine.”
I think those different positions explain the response: Spotify can’t afford to pay artists a lot for the music, while Apple can ;). She also dished on her famous friends, including Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Lorde, Emma Stone, and others. Taylor said there’s no jealousy among them.
We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.
“When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media…now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other—and just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other.”
I think that’s great: they aren’t allowing themselves to be manipulated into catfights. Good for them!
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