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Well, good PR doesn’t get any better than this. Following a week of back and forth between Apple and Taylor Swift over royalty payments during Apple Music’s free trial, the popular pop musician and actress said her top-selling album “1989” will stream on Apple’s service, which launches next Tuesday.

“After the events of this week, I’ve decided to put ‘1989’ on Apple Music,” she wrote on Twitter.

The newsworthy development bears special significance as “1989” won’t be available on any streaming service, at least for the time being, with the sole exception of Apple Music.

Given Swift’s klout—the four singles released from “1989” have all reached number one in the United States—she is definitely in a position to scold Apple publicly without being reprimanded.

After Apple changed its mind and agreed to pay 0.2 cents for each song streamed during a customer’s trial, Swift welcomed the move writing on Twitter she was “elated and relieved,” but stopped short of saying whether she’d allow “1989” to be streamed on Apple Music.

“In case you were wondering wondering if this is some exclusive deal like you’ve seen Apple do with other artists, it’s not,” she wrote in a tweet Thursday.

“This is simply the first time it’s felt right in my gut to stream my album,” she wrote in another tweet, adding, “Thank you, Apple, for your change of heart.”

Taylor Swift famously pulled her music from Spotify and other streaming services over paltry royalties for free trials.

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The Reading, Pennsylvania born musician is signed with the independent label Big Machine Records. Curiously enough, a sketch February 2015 report claimed Apple wanted to buy Big Machine Records along with Swift’s back catalog for about $250 million, but an iTunes spokesperson officially denied the report.

Her fifth studio album, “1989” was described by Swift herself as her “first documented official pop album” marking a notable stylistic departure from the country music of her previous albums.

For those wondering, the album title was inspired by the pop-music scene of the 1980s and particularly Swift’s birth year. Swift, 25, collaborated on “1989” with producers Max Martin and Shellback.

The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and sold 1.287 million copies during the first week of release, making Swift the first artist to sell more than a million copies of an album in a week-long period for three albums.

“1989” was a huge commercial success for Swift and is the best-selling album in the United States after selling more than five million copies since its November 2014 release.

Apple Music launches on Tuesday, June 30, on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac and Windows PC devices, with an Android app and Apple TV compatibility coming this fall.

For a flat monthly fee of $9.99 per month, or $14.99 for a family of six, music lovers gain unlimited streaming with offline playback, a ‘Beats 1’ 24/7 Internet radio hosted by celebrity DJs, human curation of playlists, a Connect feature for artists and more.

Source: Taylor Swift

  • Jeremy

    So glad she’s on board with Apple Music and not Tidal

    • M2

      Me too. Tidal is a joke.

      • Jason Baroni

        An expensive joke.

  • f96lrs

    Would not buy or stream her music if it was given to me

  • iPhoneWINS

    And i will not stream it.. ever

  • George

    Sorry but I’m not leaving Spotify, apple doesn’t need to dominate every industry, that is called a monopoly.

    • Connecting Mac User 

      Your problem.. Bcos If you were Apple, you sure would like to dominate the world. This is real world, nothing personal 😉

    • Todd Chapman

      That not monopolization. They don’t have exclusive control on the entire music/streaming industry.

      • George

        They would if they forced Spotify to kill their free streaming service. Paying record companies to not renew Spotify contracts, shady.

  • David Fabian

    I’m so glad I held off buying that album. I like it, but I don’t like that I like it, and now I can stream it with less guilt (only embarrassment)!

  • Payaso

    So I’ve to wait whether all iTunes catalogue would be available to stream. If that’s the case. I’ll be on board.

    About Taylor Swift’s music, I don’t give a frog.

  • Connecting Mac User 

    Finally, No Bad Blood between Taylor swift and Apple. And sure coming Tuesday, there won’t be Blank Space in the Apple music Lib and everyone gonna Shake It Off. I’m a huge fan of both actually 🙂

    • Todd Chapman

      I see what you did there.

      • Kevin Chen

        I see what you did there too lol

  • Nathan

    Hell yeah. I can Shake it Off.

  • Gabriel Anaya

    This is a pretty big jab at spotify.

  • Dave

    Anybody thinking this is all planned for months and months? #Conspiracy 😉

  • Felix Alejandro Rodriguez

    You spelled wondering twice one after the other on the second paragraph.

  • Kominimatchen

    Im sure Apple music Will be good for the avereage Joe with shitty music taste mainstream lollypopgaytoywannabetechnobutsoundslikechildrenmusicshit.., And all other shit like ONE direction, Taylor Swift . Come on!!! Wtf

    • iKhalil

      Yeah One Direction Sucks!

  • Chindavon

    Apple is lucky to have her on their side now.

  • M2

    I hope they release a tweak so I don’t have to pay for it…yeah I said it. No commercials on iTunes Radio right now is sweet.

  • Nathillien

    LOL cp
    It was not hard. Even I predicted these three things:
    – She would not approve the free unpaid trial
    – Apple would cave in
    – She will return to Apple Music

    Considering that there is no significant difference in how much artists will get from Apple Music compared to Spotify and knowing how much she is against Spotify but somehow is OK with Apple; just tells me that there is something fishy going on there.

    This all was orchestrated by Apple and Taylor from the beginning – from Taylor pulling out from Spotify.
    Some will still drown in this shallow plot.

    • She probably doesn’t know what she’s talking about. It really annoys me how people defended her for removing her stuff from Spotify, but her keeping her stuff on Apple Music is somehow different.

      • Itanaman

        It is very different as Apple pays her royalties every time one of her songs is played, even if the person playing it is on the free trial version. Spotify does not do that. I agree with her on that aspect.

  • Kevin Chen

    Does it mean that 1898 album is ONLY streaming in Apple Music and not other music services?

    • Kevin Chen

      If it is then Apple is sure going partying lol

  • Saria Hajjar

    Yay! Finally! I mean… I’ve already bought the album, but still! Yay… Yay indeed…

    This is a huge step for Apple Music. Excited for iOS 8.4 to bring Apple Music.

  • White Michael Jackson

    How much money did she ask for?

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    • haerondir

      This is me on school nights/during exams.