November 3rd: Taylor Swift Says No to Spotify
Making good on her word from her WSJ op-ed, Swift refused to give away her music for free and abruptly removed her songs from the streaming service Spotify. She later called Spotify a "grand experiment" she was unwilling to take part in, believing artists should be paid fairly for their creations. Spotify founder Daniel Ek did not take the matter lightly, claiming that Swift and her label Big Machine had made $6 million per year from the service, though Big Machine's president Scott Borchetta disputed the number, claiming only $500,000 had been pocketed by Swift the prior year from domestic streaming. In the following weeks, fellow country star Jason Aldean and labelmates Justin Moore and Brantley Gilbert also pulled their new albums.