Here are three things that, at this point in the year of our lord 2017, are just about the only two things that might be qualified as a being “true:”
- Taylor Swift is a shady, petty woman who is not to be trusted (a “snake,” if you will).
- Katy Perry has been having a pretty rough go of things lately, with a rocky album rollout, singles that refuse to chart, and wacky, erratic public behavior.
- Taylor Swift and Katy Perry do not get along.
And now, one more thing has occurred that, while not exactly comforting, will help cement these two facts and make you feel, for some time at least, that there is are some constants in your life, no matter how small they might be. Taylor Swift decided to re-release her entire music catalog on streaming services today, June 9, 2017–which just so happens to be the same day that Katy Perry chose to release her new album, Witness.
In case you don’t recall, Taylor Swift famously pulled all of her music from all streaming services in 2014 after writing an open letter in the Wall Street Journal claiming that streaming music reduces the “financial value” of the original work. (She later consented to stream music on Tidal and Apple Music, which presumably paid her better.) The songs are back today, according to her management team, “in celebration of 1989 selling over 10 Million Albums Worldwide and the RIAA’s 100 Million Song Certification announcement.”
There have also been rumors that Taylor is gearing up to release a new album later this year, so the decision to start streaming old songs is a good way to build hype. But doing it on the same day as the (belabored, beleaguered, much-maligned) album release as your alleged nemesis? That, my friends, is…rude. Or something. People on Twitter, obviously have lots to say about the whole thing:
Taylor Swift putting her music on Spotify the day Katy Perry released her new album is the level of petty I aim for in life
— Lee Munro (@_leemunro) June 9, 2017
So Taylor Swift is finally releasing all her music on Spotify tonight.. the night Katy Perry releases her new album. pic.twitter.com/bBhNUCG5rD
— Guillermo Galvan (@willygalvan) June 9, 2017
katy perry: the countdown starts now make sure to stream my album on spotify toni…
taylor swift: pic.twitter.com/Y0LTw9CObH
— ninho (@tabembruno) June 9, 2017
No one asked me, but I am going to tell you anyway, dear reader, that I am conflicted. I am mostly over both Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, but I have always aligned myself more strongly on the Katy Perry side of the Perry/Swift divide (Teenage Dream has been and always will be, to me, a perfect pop album, and I prefer the pop star who tried to use her platform to get Hillary Clinton elected to the one who may as well have voted for Donald Trump).
But you know what I have been doing today? It starts with “R” and ends with “D” and has an “E” in the middle. I have been listening to Red all day, and not, as a dutiful Perry stan might be doing, to a single song onWitness. (“Bon Appetit” made me feel physically ill, sue me.) So, I fear that we might just have to chalk this up as a victory for Taylor Swift. But their battle is sure to wage on and that, at least, is one more thing that we can count on as a constant.
What do you think of this move? Is it shady or not? Let us know in the comments!