La Roux, Billy Bragg, Chuck D and others react to Apple royalties U-turn

June 22, 2015

The music industry has reacted to the news that Apple Music have made a U-turn on their policy of not paying musicians, producers, songwriters or rights holders during the three-month free trial of their upcoming streaming service.

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The previously-announced policy proved a controversial one, most recently attracting criticism from Taylor Swift. Now, however, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue has confirmed that Apple WILL be compensating artists during the trial period, publishing a series of tweets in which he cited Swift’s criticism as a key factor in his decision.

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Taking to Twitter following the news, Chuck D, Swim Deep, Scroobius Pip, Django Django and more applauded Swiff, while Billy Bragg wrote: “Artists should own their work like Taylor Swift does to ensure that the rights of creators trump the might of corporations.”