iHeartRadio will only play Taylor versions from now on
iHeartRadio, the largest radio station owner in the United States, has announced that it will only stream re-recorded Taylor Swift albums in the future, as and when they are released. So far this includes Without fear (Taylor version) and it all just came out Red (Taylor version).
“Whenever Taylor re-records a new song, we immediately replace the old versions. Our stations will always offer songs that artists are eager to share and that fans want to hear ”, noted Tom Poleman, Director of Programming for iHeartMedia. “Listeners have indicated that they are eager to hear Taylor’s version of each track. We’re excited to provide a platform to share these with them, as well as the stories behind Taylor’s songs herself.
Swift’s intention to re-record all of her albums until 2019 Lover is to own his masters and therefore to earn what is due to him as a creator. But since terrestrial radio stations in the United States pay publishing royalties, but not sound recording royalties, it likely won’t affect Swift’s results much. And presumably, original Swift recordings will continue to coexist with new releases on iHeart’s on-demand platforms. But that does mean you should probably get used to hearing these new releases if you tune into pop radio.